TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: 3 SRPs held for extortion
News day / A Diego Martin businessman complained to police that he was approached last Sunday by the three SRPs who told him he had to pay them $4,500 every Monday for a month or else he would be detained and handed over to Immigration Department for harbouring illegal Venezuelans at a house in Diego Martin. The businessman liaised with PSB detectives and on Monday last, made arrangements with the three SRPs to meet at a specific area in West Trinidad to pay the first tranche of $4,500.

However, the SRPs did not go to the area and instead, the female Western Union employee was sent to collect the money. She was arrested.

On receiving certain information, PSB officers went to the Morvant home of the SRP based at the Financial Investigations Bureau and arrested him. Further information led the PSB officers to a police station in Western Division where the other two SRPs were detained on Wednesday. Their lockers at the police station were also searched.

The three officers were placed in cells at the Belmont, Woodbrook and Central Police station, while the female civilian was taken to a location within the Port-of-Spain Division. Newsday understands that Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC, will be consulted after a file is presented to him, for directions in the matter.

In an unrelated incident, officers of the PSB have arrested a Police Constable assigned to a police station in Port-of-Spain Division and a professional footballer who plays for a popular local club in connection with the recent robbery of $400,000 from a Chinese businessman.

The two were detained on Wednesday. Two other police officers are currently before the courts charged with robbery of the said businessman.

Also, a Police Constable is being sought by PSB in connection with the larceny of $100 from the son of a magistrate. Newsday was told the man went to a police station on Tuesday to secure a Certificate of Good Character. He was told by the constable that the price of such a certificate had increased from $50 to 100. On passing over $100 to the officer, the man was told to return the following day for the certificate.

When he returned to the police station, the civilian was told that no record was made of his application for the certificate nor was there any record of him being fingerprinted.

Officers informed the man that the price for a certificate was not $100 but $50. A report was made to the PSB and the officer in question is now being sought.

TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: 3 SRPs held for extortion

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