No opposition support for Anti-Gang Act; Gov’t warns of “negative effects”

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    The Opposition UNC has failed to support the Anti-Gang Act according to the National Security Ministry, which warns there will be “negative effects”.

    Yesterday, a bill seeking to extend the life of the Act by 30 months failed to get approval in the House of Representatives, receiving 20 votes for, none against and 19 abstentions.

    According to the National Security Ministry, this will have an impact on the T&T Police Service’s ability to fight gangs and criminality.

    However, Opposition Chief Whip David Lee is defending their position saying that the act has not worked.

    He says when the Opposition supported act in 2018, the Attorney General said he knew every gang by name, by membership, by location and by association.

    Mr Lee says, despite stating that there were approximately 2,500 gang members, there have only been 49 arrests since 2018, which do not equate to charges or convictions.

    He also believes detaining a person for 14 days without a charge, which the act allows, is “draconian”.