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AG being sued by Mohammeds of El Socorro

Published: 
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Blood on the floor of Wasim Mohammed’s home after he was allegedly punched and kicked by police.

More legal trouble is brewing for the State arising from police action during the February Carnival threat alert—the PNM Government is being sued by some members of the Mohammed family of Mohammedville, El Socorro, regarding police action at their compound on February 8 concerning the reported Carnival “disruption” threat.

Attorney Safraz Alsaran sent pre-action protocol letters to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi on May 29 on behalf of Tariq and Wasim Mohammed of Mohammedville, El Socorro.

Their premises were among the first to be searched by police working on the “threat”.

The AG has until June 26 to respond or face legal action.

It’s the latest action against the State by people detained in police exercises concerning the February Carnival threat. On February 8, police, who said they had “credible information” on a plot to disrupt Carnival, searched homes and mosques in the East-West corridor, Central, South, and Tobago.

The Mohammed brothers’ home—where their grand uncle, former PNM frontline minister Kamaluddin Mohammed once lived—was among the first to be searched when police arrived on the premises in the early hours of February 8. Tariq Mohammed was detained for a week. Wasim Mohammed was allegedly injured by police blows.

Fifteen people were detained for a week in the exercises. Thirteen— including Mohammed—were released without charge. A couple was charged with alleged gun possession.

In April attorney Wayne Sturge issued a pre-action protocol letter to the AG on behalf of Malabar resident Clint Rivers. Sturge said there has been no reply from the AG within the stipulated 28-day period and another letter is being sent this week. Two other detainees also instituted action as did attorney Cristen Williams on behalf of two more detainees.

Attorney Alsaran is claiming on Tariq Mohammed’s behalf for trespass, unlawful detention, false imprisonment, and detinue. Claim is also being made on Wasim Mohammed’s behalf for trespass, assault and battery. Alleged mental and physical agony suffered by the families during the searches were detailed in Alsaran’s pre-action protocol letter.

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