“It is simply not enough for Army investigators to state, according to an Asha Javeed Express report, that ‘procedures were not properly followed that day however, those procedural lapses have since been identified and rectified.’
“The public must be told of the breaches committed, who will be held accountable and what the consequences will be.”
The following is a press statement from Fixin’ T&T on the probe into how Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi’s children came to be in possession of high powered weapons at the Defence Force headquarters in Cumuto:
FIXIN’ T&T calls on National Security Minister Edmund Dillon to make public, the findings of the Defence Force probe into the matter of children photographed with high powered weapons at Cumuto.
It is simply not enough for Army investigators to state, according to an Asha Javeed Sunday Express report, that “procedures were not properly followed that day however, those procedural lapses have since been identified and rectified.” The public must be told of the breaches committed, who will be held accountable and what the consequences will be.
This is a very serious matter; one where:
· In the absence of any investigation Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, with Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi sitting by his side, brazenly and irresponsibly threw our National Security Services (Army and Special Branch) under the proverbial bus by strongly suggesting that the photos were taken and publicised by one or more such Officers.
· AG Faris Al Rawi has refused to even acknowledge that the children in the photograph are his despite the PM and the TTDF having said so.
This issue yet again brings into question the trustworthiness of AG Faris Al-Rawi who:
· As an Opposition Senator in our Parliament, misrepresented a key finding of a Flying Squad report. That could have resulted in compromising the integrity of the Gillian Lucky-led Police Complaints Authority.
· Robustly though ill-advisedly defended former Housing Minister Marlene McDonald in the face of a mountain of evidence.
· Continues to defend Planning and Sustainable Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis’ refusal to provide the public with irrefutable evidence that she withdrew a large sum of cash from a Republic Bank account on 8 January 2016.
FIXIN’ T&T remains firm in our view that criminal activity at every level is at least in part fuelled by the perceived ineffectiveness with which white collar crime and allegations of misbehaviour by high office holders are treated.