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Khan now fighting Alleyne’s case
The new lead attorney representing television host Ian Alleyne yesterday made a no-case submission in his case for allegedly resisting arrest Israel Khan, SC, made the submission when the case came up before Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie in the Port-of-Spain Fourth (A) Court yesterday. Alleyne is the host of the Crime Watch television programme, which airs on CNC3.
When he and his client appeared before the magistrate, Khan claimed Alleyne’s arrest was illegal because the police did not have reasonable cause to suspect Alleyne had committed an offence. “If the arrest is unlawful, he could not be resisting,” Khan said. He said for the arrest to be legal, the police should have properly informed his client of the grounds for his detainment and the specific offence he was alleged to have committed.
“You cannot go and pick up a person and just say: ‘You are a suspect,’” Khan added. He said that amounted to a breach of a citizen’s constitutional rights. Khan said when Alleyne was arrested, police also did not have a warrant and there were no charges against his client. The charge stems from Alleyne’s arrest on April 19, 2012 while he was suspected of committing offences under the Sexual Offences by airing a video that identified an under-age rape victim.
The video was aired on the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) TV6 on several occasions between October 24 and 26, 2011. Alleyne was eventually charged three times under Section 32 (2) of the legislation, which makes it an offence to reveal the identity of a rape victim during a broadcast. He pleaded guilty to the three offences on March 19 and was fined $30,000. He has, however, maintained his innocence on the resisting-arrest charge.
During the hearing, state prosecutor George Busby tendered the witness statements of five police officers into evidence. The officers are ASP Ajith Persad, Insp Harvey Jawahir, Cpl Andre Lopez, PC Chris Hosten and WPC Claudia Cabie. Alleyne is alleged to have resisted while Persad was in the execution of his duties. Khan was given the opportunity to cross-examine the police officers but declined.
Busby asked for additional time to consider Khan’s submissions and McKenzie adjourned the case to October 18. Alleyne also is being represented by Larry Lalla.
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