Trinidad AG: Law coming to stop prisoners’ use of internet in jail
(Trinidad Guardian): Prisoners in local jails are communicating on the Internet using 4G and LTE technology, prompting the Government to amend the Interception of Communication law soon to deal with this.
That’s according to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi
Al-Rawi revealed this in yesterday’s Senate debate on a Miscellaneous provision bill concerning measures to protect security sector workers – from police, prisons and immigration to Customs officials – as well as halt activities by, and weed out corrupt officers.
Bill provisions include criminalising “tip-offs” which Al-Rawi said was giving an advantage to criminal empires.
He said prisoners’ use of high-level technology was presenting “significant difficulties” in jails. He said he’ll also be bringing law to introduce a unique ID number and a bio-metric system like the United States Social Services system. He said this would eliminate fraud.
Al-Rawi said he’d consulted the Director of Public Prosecutions on possible law to prevent police from framing people. Al-Rawi said during Bail bill debate – when “frameup” concerns arose – the Prime Minister instructed him to examine such law. But he said the DPP urged him against having a statutory offence of framing and advised reliance on common law: misbehaviour in public office, perverting the course of justice and wasteful employment of police time.
Also yesterday, UNC senator Taharqa Obika apologised to the Senate for his behaviour there last week. The outburst got him evicted. Obika had sparred loudly with National Security Stuart Young during the debate, with each making accusations against the other. Senate Vice President Nigel Freitas ordered security to remove Obika. Senate President Christine Kangaloo later declared Obika had brought the Senate into disrepute and ruled he must apologise.
Yesterday, Obika told Senators, “When it comes to my action in question, to all who have been offended including Madame President, Mr Vice President, all members of the Senate and the people of my beloved nation, I offer an unreserved and sincere apology and a commitment to uphold the sanctity that is the Senate in adherence to my oath.”
His apology was greeted with desk-thumping approval from Independent and Opposition senators.