Monday, February 19, 2018

Businessmen fearful

Law Association president pleads to Govt: ...please catch Dana’s killers


Flashback April 24: Dana Seetahal SC at the opening of the Plea Bargaining Workshop hosted by the US Embassy at Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

Law Association president Seenath Jairam has issued an impassioned plea for Government to work towards catching the murderers of Dana Seetahal SC.

Seetahal, 58, a state prosecutor, former independent senator and Express columnist, was gunned down on Sunday morning in Woodbrook on her way home from Ma Pau casino. She will be laid to rest today.

Up to last night there were no arrests for the murder.

Paying tribute to Seetahal at the wake at her family’s El Dorado home on Tuesday night, Jairam disclosed that he has been receiving phone calls from businessmen in this country who are now in fear.

Turning to Planning Minister Bhoendradatt Tewarie who was present, Jairam said, “Mr Minister, may I make a public appeal to you since you are part of the administration, the Government should do everything possible to hold the police accountable to bring to justice those who commit this heinous crime.

“Dana’s death will be a catalyst in more ways than one I am sure...businessmen are running scared, I received calls today from shows how vulnerable we all are. She was going about her business merrily not knowing that death was stalking her...what a horrible way.”

Jairam said he does not know why anyone would want to kill Seetahal.

He said her death has impacted this country and the rest of the region.

“As president of the Law Association I have received several telephone calls and e-mails from throughout the region and you have to see the adjectives used in these e-mails by various presidents of the Bar Association describing Dana,” said Jairam.

He said the president of Bahamian Law Association and the president of the Jamaican Bar telephoned him and expressed their grief and interest in attending the funeral today.

“Dana’s loss is not only a loss to the legal profession but is a loss to the entire nation. I think we have lost a very great fantastic person,” said Jairam.

“She gave of her opinion very willingly and candidly and I daresay and challenge anyone who speaks that she is partisan, she put Trinidad and Tobago first,” said Jairam.

He added that when Seetahal entered the legal profession, it was dominated by men but she worked to put women on top and today they were holding their own at the bar.

Winston Celestine also paid tribute to Seetahal saying he knew her since she was five years old.

He said the Global Mission Centre presented her with a plaque as the church’s Sunday school marked its 50th anniversary.

Celestine said Seetahal used to attend the Sunday school as a child and was taught by his wife.

“I know Dana since she was small, five years old, she attended our Sunday school classes on Sunday evenings and as my wife would say she was one of the sharpest kids in the class,” said Celestine.

He said her murder shocked him and when he was told of the news he was in tears.

Former independent senator Ken Ramchand as well as CEO of Government Information Services Ltd, Andy Johnson, also paid tribute to Seetahal.

Today, her body will be brought to her family home at 24 Wilkinson Street, El Dorado, Tunapuna and from there a cortege will proceed to the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church on Cochrane Street, Tunapuna.

The funeral service at the church will begin at 5 p.m. after which she will be cremated at the Belgrove’s Crematorium, Tacarigua.