U.S. official says organized crime behind slaying of attorney

By Admin Wednesday July 02 2014 in Caribbean
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PORT-OF-SPAIN: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says prominent attorney Dana Seetahal was murdered earlier this year in a “well planned and orchestrated hit” by an international “player” with a crime organization presence in Trinidad & Tobago.


“It was not a crime of opportunity where someone felt they should steal her handbag and then found they had to shoot her,” he said. “This was a well planned and orchestrated hit. This is not something you plan easily.”


Seetahal was shot dead on May 4 after she left a casino for her home. No one has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder despite a TT$3.5 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) ransom offered by the Trinidad & Tobago government and Crime Stoppers for information leading to a prosecution in the death of the former special prosecutor and president of the Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago.


Brownfield, who is responsible for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the US Department of State, said that Seetahal had been murdered two days after he paid a visit to Trinidad & Tobago.


“Those in Trinidad would know that I visited your country two months ago and two days after I left there was the brutal murder of Ms. Dana Seetahal,” he said. “She was murdered by a trans-national drug organization.”


Brownfield said the murder was plotted by “organized crime with an international player that has a crime organization with presence in Trinidad & Tobago.


“I stand by what I say, this was quite clearly not a crime of passion, this was not a crime of opportunity. People did not just happen by and believe that they could steal her pocket book and then find that they had to open fire in order to accomplish this. This was a carefully planned operation.”

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