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Charles: Failed legislation could have been used to arrest opponents

Charles: Failed legislation could have been used to arrest opponents

Naparima MP Rodney Charles believes the failed Anti-Gang Legislation could have been used to arrest political opponents.

He said the First Schedule of the legislation lists sedition as an offence under which gangs can be detained.

This is defined, he says, as raising “discontent or disaffection amongst inhabitants of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Charles said under that proposed law, it is feasible that if more than two persons call for the removal of this Government based on its lack of ideas and incompetence, they can be arrested and detained initially for up to 72 hours.

The MP also assumed that if on a public platform or elsewhere, speakers identify negative occurrences taking place in our country and call for this Government to step down, it is very possible that they can be detained for sedition.

Mr. Charles says during yesterday’s debate, this is why the UNC strenuously called for the removal of sedition as one of the offences listed.

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December 7th, 2017

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