Charges laid against TT talk hostCharges were made against Ian Alleyne.
Sat, April 21, 2012 - 10:07 AM
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Police have slapped four charges against television talk show host, Ian Alleyne, six months after he broadcast a tape showing the rape of a minor.
The police have also filed three charges under the Sexual Offences Act against the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) TV6, a member of the One Caribbean Media Group (OCM).
Officials from the television station are due to appear in court on May 14.
The Trinidad Express newspaper, a member of the OCM, reported today that Alleyne, who remains in hospital complaining of chest pains after he was arrested on Thursday night, has also been slapped with four charges, including three under the Sexual Offences Act and one of resisting arrest.
Alleyne's attorney, Om Lalla, who hosted Alleyne’s “CRIME watch” show on Friday night, confirmed that the police had laid the four charges against Alleyne.
"I have just been told by the police that he (Alleyne) is likely to be charged for an offence which is a broadcast infringement under the Sexual Offence Act but it deals with broadcast, the interpretation of it. I'm surprised that he's being charged I guess I'd address that elsewhere," Lalla said.
He said he was surprised when he saw two armed police officers guarding Alleyne at the hospital. He added when he questioned the police about it he was told that the officers were there to protect Alleyne from members of the public.
Asked if he felt Thursday's incident could have been avoided had Alleyne turned himself over to the police for questioning, Lalla replied that his client had the right to refuse to be interviewed by police.
"Turn yourself in for what? The law still remains that you do not have to give a statement to the police,” he added.
Last December, a large contingent of police officers had executed a warrant at CCN TV6's offices in search for tapes in relation to their investigation.
Alleyne's arrest came mere days before the six-month statutory limit for charges to be laid against anyone in connection with the airing of the tape.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, speaking at the TTPS daily news conference on Friday, told reporters that Alleyne had been asked to come to the police station before the public arrest.
“We have been making overtures to Mr. Alleyne before to come in and have an interview. The intention was to interview, the police officers and them acted with great alacrity and to ensure that Mr. Alleyne’s rights were preserved,” he said.
“We must maintain law and order and due process and that is what they were doing. They remained there for 45 minutes whilst Mr. Alleyne show was in progress. At the end of the show they called for Mr. Alleyne to make himself available for the interview and that was not happening. We saw the sequel of the events that followed and on the basis of him not wanting to give up himself willingly to be interviewed the officers had to...bring him to police headquarters,” the senior police officer said, adding that Alleyne was handcuffed to be taken to the police station. (CMC)
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