Prosecutor Dana Seetahal dies in 'orchestrated hit' in Trinidad

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 10:41pm

Gunmen have ambushed and killed a prominent prosecutor in an attack that officials said appeared to be done by professional criminals.

Dana Seetahal died shortly after midnight on Sunday when people in two cars opened fire after cutting off her vehicle on a street in Trinidad's capital of Port-of-Spain.

At least 15 cartridges were found at the scene in the residential Woodbrook neighbourhood. She appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds to her head and upper body.

There have been no arrests, but National Security Minister Gary Griffith said "we will not rest until those who have committed this most unspeakable act are brought to justice".

A government statement said Seetaha's slaying appeared to be a "well-orchestrated hit".

After the killing, officials said they would provide special security to a judge and several lawyers involved in the high-profile murder trial of wealthy businesswoman Vindra Naipul-Coolman. Seetahal was one of the prosecuting lawyers in the trial, which started on March 24.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar convened an emergency meeting of the national security council and described the killing as an "outrageous act of brutality".


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