Saturday, February 24, 2018

Muslims get date for hearing

Detained in Caracas

The court hearing for the Trinidadian Muslims who have been detained in Caracas has been set for August 18.

A release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry stated yesterday the lawyers for the detainees confirmed the hearing, which was originally deferred from June 30 to July 29, 2014, has now been adjourned to August 18, 2014.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, stated the release, has given the assurance the ministry continues to monitor closely the detention of the Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Caracas.

“Diplomatic initiatives are ongoing to ensure that they are given full access to the Venezuelan justice system and have the benefit of due process,” stated the release.

It added the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Caracas has continued to provide consular support to the detainees, and all available diplomatic avenues are being pursued to assist these detained nationals in the rendering of that assistance.

On April 4, Dookeran made a statement in Parliament where he indicated 23 Trinidad

and Tobago citizens were detained on March 19 by the Ven-

ezuelan Intelligence Services.

The group had travelled to Venezuela to obtain visas to go to Saudi Arabia.

Dookeran said the ministry, through its embassy in Caracas, and the Minister of National Security collaborated with Venezuelan officials and was able to secure the release of 15 women and children who returned to Trinidad.

Four of the detainees were further released since Dookeran’s statement.