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Cops seek interview with Dr Rowley

By Nalinee Seelal Tuesday, June 3 2014

The team of police officers assigned to investigate the display of placards bearing racist statements, yesterday attempted to meet with Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to interview him, and to ask him to provide any information that he may have that could prove useful to the investigation.

The team of officers led by Superintendent Imraj Balram of the Port-of-Spain division, including a sergeant and two constables, went to the Office of the Opposition Leader at Charles Street, Port-of-Spain shortly after 11 am yesterday and sought an audience with Rowley, but they were unsuccessful in meeting with him.

The officers then made an appointment to see Rowley at a later date.

The same team of officers then went to the office of the National Operations Centre (NOC) located at the back of Knowsley, Queen’s Park West, and sought permission to get copies of CCTV footage of the persons bearing the placards containing racist statements on May 23 last.

When officers receive the tapes they will be able to view the footage which could help them identify the persons with the placards.

At least one person Norbert Cupid, 41, has already confessed to a media house that he was paid $50 by someone dressed in a red jersey to display the placards bearing the racist remarks.

Cupid also told the media house he did not agree with the comments on the placard, but did it, because he was hungry, and needed the money to purchase food.

He expressed remorse for his actions, and said he believed in racial unity.

Last Monday, Rowley held a press briefing and called on acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to launch an investigation into the display of racist placards during the Joint Trade Union March (JTUM). Rowley said it was his view that the act bordered on sedition.

The next day Williams appointed Balram to probe the display of the racist placards.

Efforts to contact Rowley yesterday were unsuccessful.

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