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22 to testify vs Alleyne, CCN

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

TWENTY-TWO witnesses are expected to testify against CCN TV6 and the television station's Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne on charges contrary to the Sexual Offences and Telecommunications Acts.

Alleyne and the television station yesterday reappeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Court.

Yesterday, Senior State attorney George Busby was scheduled to make disclosure to the defence team but that did not materialise.

Busby said a total of 22 witnesses had given statements and he was not fully prepared to make the disclosures just yet.

Lead defence attorney for CCN TV6, Sophia Chote SC, said Busby did not inform her of the prosecution's position in the matter.

She said the company is ready to proceed at the soonest possible time. "As far as CCN is concerned, we are ready to proceed," said Chote.

Attorney Om Lalla, who along with Derrick Balliram is seeking Alleyne's interest, said he had spoken with Busby and did not have any difficulty with the matter being adjourned.

The television station is facing nine charges contrary to the Telecommunication and Sexual Offences Act stemming from a video which was aired on the Crime Watch programme on three separate occasions last October.

Alleyne is facing three charges contrary to the Sexual Offences Act and an additional charge of resisting ASP Ajith Persad in the execution of his duty. The matter will continue on February 27.

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