Analyst wants police account of PM death threats

The back and forth po­lit­i­cal ban­ter re­gard­ing death threats against the Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­er­al has prompt­ed a well-known po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst to call for the po­lice to clear the air on the mat­ter.

Dur­ing a post-bud­get po­lit­i­cal meet­ing in Bel­mont on Fri­day night, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley said that in the lead up to the 2015 gen­er­al elec­tions two hit­men were of­fered US$2 mil­lion to as­sas­si­nate him.

Row­ley al­so re­vealed a re­cent plot to mur­der At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi. But in his as­sess­ment of the is­sue and the tim­ing of the rev­e­la­tion, Dr Win­ford James saw the move by the Prime Min­is­ter as po­lit­i­cal.

“So, it seems to me tim­ing in re­la­tion to the fact that we have elec­tions com­ing up in De­cem­ber and we have the gen­er­al elec­tions next year, so they are hop­ing that will have a neg­a­tive fall out for the UNC (Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress).”

He said giv­en the im­por­tant of­fice he holds, the Prime Min­is­ter must be be­lieved be­cause there should be a lev­el of au­thor­i­ty and cred­i­bil­i­ty when he speaks.

Notwith­stand­ing this, Dr James said the mat­ter is still a po­lit­i­cal one un­til the po­lice ad­dress the pub­lic, which they must.

“These are po­lit­i­cal charges but they have to do with peo­ple’s lives, peo­ple’s se­cu­ri­ty and safe­ty, so those charges have to be tak­en very se­ri­ous­ly.

“So, the ques­tion must arise what has the po­lice done in re­la­tion to these charges these four years; four years have passed I imag­ine, the sta­tus of these charges must have been well-known to the po­lice be­cause, re­mem­ber the po­lice sit on the (Na­tion­al) Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil as well.

“So what have they done? The news me­dia needs to find that out, that is one of the ques­tions that should be posed to Mr Grif­fith.”

But while he con­firmed to the Sun­day Guardian that there were, in fact, two hits put on Row­ley’s life while he was the leader of the Op­po­si­tion back in 2015, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith said he is not pre­pared to be drawn in­to the de­bate any fur­ther by Dr James.

“He could say what he wants. Our job is to en­force the law and do our best to se­cure every cit­i­zen.

“Not to be a dog bark­ing at every car that pass­es, via clear­ing the air based on ac­cu­sa­tions made on po­lit­i­cal plat­forms. The TTPS would not be drawn in­to any po­lit­i­cal cam­paign to help or dis­cred­it any one side” Grif­fith said.

How­ev­er, in re­sponse, Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar said that Prime Min­is­ter Row­ley is aware that he can­not win the next gen­er­al elec­tion “fair and square” and “from the pro­duc­ers of Email­gate comes a last-ditch, des­per­ate at­tempt to fool the elec­torate in 2020 with a se­quel”.

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Story by CHESTER SAMBRANO

 

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