(Trinidad Guardian) There is no let-up on Government from Devant Maharaj.
Now the UNC activist has released Communication/National Security Minister Stuart Young’s cell number and urged people to call Young.
And he intends to release all PNM government ministers’ numbers, “…Because they have to account to the public. People can’t wait ‘til election,” Maharaj told the Guardian yesterday.
This after Government blistered Maharaj with criticism last Saturday when he released Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s cell number, causing Rowley to change it. While Government has criticised Maharaj’s moves as potentially seditious, so far the only thing police are examining is the issue of someone having access to the Prime Minister’s cell number and using it to contact him with alleged threatening and abusive messages.
Last Saturday Minister Young, under cover of the Communication Ministry, said Maharaj’s publication of the Prime Minister’s personal contact information was worthy of “criminal investigation’. He accused Maharaj of continuing to incite the people to use the PM’s information to, “at a minimum, harass the Prime Minister and at a maximum, expose him to harm”. Young claimed Maharaj last Saturday circulated calls for protest action “in a way which is worthy of criminal investigation and may qualify as the serious crime of sedition”.
Rowley accused Maharaj of publishing his number widely on social media and encouraging/inciting people harass and threaten him. Rowley said he has been the subject not only of abuse but of threatening behaviour which warranted the involvement of the CoP. Rowley changed the number.
What the Sedition Act says
The Sedition Act, Chapter 11:04: Section 3(1a) states that a seditious intention is an intention to bring into hatred or contempt or excite disaffection against Government or Constitution.
Section 3(1c) states that a sedition intention is an intention to raise discontent or disaffection amongst T&T inhabitants.
Chapter 11:04, Section 4(1c) states that a person is guilty of an offence who publishes, sells, offers for sale or distributes any seditious publication.
A person guilty of an offence under the Sedition section is liable to, on summary conviction, to a fine of $3,000 and to imprisonment for two years.
Planning parang protest outside Stollmeyer’s Castle Friday
But a defiant Maharaj said yesterday, “Prime Minister Rowley has opted to be disconnected from the sufferings of the average citizen—caused directly by mismanagement of the economy—by terminating his cellular phone. Given that Minister Young accused me of sedition for calling for a lawful protest and sharing the PM’s cell number, I now call upon citizens to call Minister Young and speak out against the undemocratic pattern of behaviour of the Rowley administration on his phone at (number given).”
Young, also National Security Minister, said yesterday, “I am ignoring the Opposition and pressing on with my work for the citizens of the country.”