Trinidad and Tobago. In March, Trinidad and Tobago
decided to take the help of 39 police officers from British
Scotland Yard to cope with the rising crime rate in the
country. The British police officers would cooperate with a
special force within the country's own police force for two
to three years.
CountryAAH, Basdeo Panday, leader of the UNC Social Democratic
Opposition Party and Prime Minister 1995–2001, was sentenced
in April to two years in prison and fined for not reporting
the assets in a bank account he had in London in 1997-99.
Politicians in Trinidad and Tobago are legally required to
account for their private assets. Panday appealed against
the verdict and later that month he was released on bail. As
new leader of the opposition in Parliament, UNC member Kamla
Persad-Bissessar was appointed, but Panday was allowed to
retain the post of UNC party leader.
Former President Noor Hassanali passed away on August 18
at the age of 88. The popular Muslim Hassanali was the
country's first president of Indian descent and held the
presidency in 1987-97. As president, he supported the entire