Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley opened his mouth on Thursday night and boasted that the authorities were justified in raids at mosques and homes during the last Carnival season.
Rowley said the discovery of guns and ammunition at a mosque at Munroe Road, Cunupia, last Thursday morning, justified the raids carried out as Government insisted there was a threat to disrupt Carnival.
Well, that boast comes after a well-known Muslim family is threatening to sue the Government.
Government is being sued by members of the Mohammed family of Mohammedville, El Socorro, regarding police action at their compound on February 8 concerning the so-called Carnival threat.
Attorney Safraz Alsaran sent pre-action protocol letters to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi 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 searched homes and mosques in the East-West corridor, Central, South, and Tobago.
The Mohammed brothers’ home 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 injured by police blows.
Thirteeen persons were detained for a week in the exercises. Eleven 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 Attorney General on behalf of Clint Rivers. Two other detainees also instituted action as did attorney Cristen Williams on behalf of two more detainees.
Attorney Alsaran is claiming damages for Tariq for trespass, unlawful detention, false imprisonment, and detinue. Claim is also being made on Wasim Mohammed’s behalf for trespass, assault and battery. Mental and physical agony suffered by the families during the searches were detailed in Alsaran’s pre-action protocol letter.