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Watson Duke Hospitalised

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WATSON Duke, president of the Public Service Association (PSA), is now warded at hospital.

He was detained on Monday after police went to the PSA offices on Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain.

At a press-conference on Tuesday, PSA First Vice President Ian Murray said Duke was currently warded at hospital and has not been charged.

Murray said arrested around 1 p.m. on Monday.

The First Vice President said, “Shortly after he was taken to the hospital for medical attention, where he is now warded due to concerns expressed by the attending physicians.

“At this point the police has not provided any specific details for the detention of our President nor has he been charged. However, the President has been cooperating fully with the police.”

Murray said the Association saw Duke’s arrest as an attempt to weaken the trade union movement.

He said, “It is passing strange should this be detained, that the police would take a statement by a trade union leader given the context in which it was made, in defence of workers losing their jobs and interpret it to be be allegedly sedition. But that is why we have a DPP, who is well informed of the laws and we trust that the right decision will be made.”

Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) President Ancel Roget is expected to visit Duke at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope at 1 pm.

On Monday the Police Service issued a release saying that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith had been briefed by relevant units on the matter. 

No further details were released.

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