NINETY-SEVEN out of every 100 murders committed in this country for the year remain unsolved, according to statistics from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi said yesterday.
Al-Rawi made the statement as he delivered his contribution to the bill to amend Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act yesterday at the Upper House in the Parliament Chamber, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.
Al-Rawi said the detection rate for murders in this country currently stands at three per cent for the year according to statistics from the TTPS.
The detection rate for murders has been in a constant decline every year since 2009, Al-Rawi said.
In 2009 the detection rate for murders was 26.8 per cent according to statistics from the TTPS, Al-Rawi said.
It was the highest detection rate in the country over the past seven years.
Al-Rawi said there has been a “significant drop” in the detection rate for murders.
The detection rate in 2008 was 15.9 per cent before it climbed to 26.8 per cent in 2009, Al-Rawi said.
“In 2010 a detection rate down to 22.8 per cent, 2011 a detection rate down to 21.9 per cent, 2012 a detection rate down to 16.6 per cent, 2013 down to 10.3 per cent and 2014 down to three per cent,” Al-Rawi said.
Al-Rawi accused Attorney General Anand Ramlogan of producing statistics of serious crime in an attempt at “diluting the true, real statistics”.
Al-Rawi said the bill to amend the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act would go a long way in dealing with this country’s “incredible crime situation”.
“We are in Trinidad and Tobago dealing with an incredible crime situation, something which affects us all, something which is an issue that cannot be partisan, something which the Opposition joins the Government in trying to find mechanisms to deal with a responsible, and measured approach to the obedience of laws,” Al Rawi said.
He said the “stop and search” in the proposed legislation will help address all crimes not only speeding.
“Crime as a core concept can be managed through the application of laws such as this because if you stop a car that is not only speeding but one which causes due suspicion you realise that in Trinidad and Tobago, kidnapping involves the use of some form of transportation, murders involve fleeing from the scene or arriving at the scene by way of transportation,” he said.
Al-Rawi said the “horrible assassination” of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal involved “a Nissan Wingroad pulling up alongside and another car blocking the way”.
“Tragedy beyond belief,” he said.