|Rajee Ali held for banned wild meat |
Monday, August 4 2014
Rajaee Ali, former coordinator of the Carapo facility of the defunct Life Sport Programme, was arrested on Saturday afternoon by police from the Northern Division for the possession of the carcass of a wild animal.
According to police reports, a party of officers from the Northern Division was on mobile patrol along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway close to Tumpuna Road, Arima.
At about 12.40 pm, officers spotted a blue Nissan Navara vehicle with three occupants.
Police state they had reason to stop the vehicle and upon searching it they discovered the carcass of a wild animal believed to be a lappe. Currently there is a two-year ban on hunting and the possession of any wild animal is illegal.
Ali and the two other men were detained for the possession of prohibited meat.
Police also discovered that the driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old man from Simon Road, Carapo was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s licence.
A police source stated the three men, including Ali, were expected to be charged late yesterday evening for possession of the prohibited meat. Investigations are ongoing.
This is the second time in a two-week period that the police have detained Ali. On the evening of July 22 police raided the Carapo Mosque and arrested 18 persons. Ali was among those detained. Police sources said the detainees were interrogated in connection with the kidnapping of two Latin American nationals on March 5. Ali was also detained in May for 72 hours and released without charge.
Newsday attempted to contact Ali’s father Imam Hassan Ali for a comment but efforts proved futile.