Tribute to Dana

There is public outrage that the Trinidad Express has endangered the lives of the beneficiaries of the estate of the late Dana Seetahal by publishing the details of her will.

I am more concerned by the last few lines of the story:

“Dana Seetahal, SC, was shot dead on May 4 while driving her Volkswagen SUV along Hamilton Holder Street in Woodbrook.   She had just left the popular Ma Pau Casino nearby, when gunmen opened fire, shooting her five times.   No one has been arrested for her murder.  At the time of her murder, Seetahal was one of the prosecutors assigned to the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial, which is still ongoing”.

Would people have been so vociferous if they felt safer in our society?

As the days pass and the likelihood of laying charges against the perpetrators of this crime recedes, I wonder how our first female Prime Minister feels.  Is the Prime Minister now numb to the callous murders which occur daily or does she see them as just hard luck.  I wonder if images of Dana float through her mind as she drifts off to sleep.  Dana must not simply be another statistic.  The popular view is that this was a planned hit, designed to snuff out a voice of reason. 

The outcome was not simply the assassination of a fearless attorney, it was another assault on our state and indeed on our democracy.  When our mistrust of the state and the institutions designed to     protect us is eroded, we are near to anarchy.     

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