Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is presently meeting with the Government with the intent of agreeing on a bi-partisan legislative approach in the fight against crime.
The meeting takes place at the Parliament building and will see both sides discuss the Anti-Gang Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Bill.
The Opposition Leader wrote to the Prime Minister, expressing the view that T&T was experiencing an unprecedented level of criminality with the homicide rate increasing and citizens suffering from cases of robberies, assaults, woundings and attacks at their homes and workplaces.
In her letter, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar stated that it was imperative that the safety and protection of all citizens, ought to be put first.
In the ensuing weeks, the Opposition Leader received correspondence from the Attorney General, which outlined the Government’s position, and in her reply dated January 24th, 2018, she once again stressed the urgency for the two parties to meet to discuss an agreed way forward.
The Government proposed subjecting the Anti-Terrorism Bill to a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of the Parliament and the Opposition Leader expressed the view that there was no reason why the same approach could not be adopted in relation to the Anti-Gang legislation.