TOURISM Minister, Gerald Hadeed has sent a message of support and condolences to the family members of German couple, Hubertus and Birgid Keil.
As he made his way to Tobago yesterday to meet with officials of the Tobago House of Assembly, Minister Hadeed condemned the murder of the Keils and vowed to work even harder with the THA and his colleagues in Cabinet to ensure justice is delivered and the safety of citizens and visitors is protected.
A release from the Ministry of Tourism stated: “The uncharacteristic nature of an incident like this in Tobago has touched the lives of everyone. The annual visits to the island by Mr and Mrs Keil testify to the strength of the family atmosphere of the island and like any family we share the outrage of the people of Tobago.”
“This event dictates that we constantly evaluate and modify our policies and procedures regarding public safety. The Ministry of Tourism has a dedicated interest in the health and safety of the public of Tobago.”
The release added that the Community Comfort Patrols (CCP) will be expanded in Tobago from December 1st 2014.
“The increased visibility of the CCP represents another layer in the law enforcement strategy for Tobago with the emphasis on prevention through deterrence. We strongly support the view that the police investigations must be allowed time to progress and we stand ready to partner with the Tobago house of Assembly in addressing any issues that may arise as a result of this tragic incident.”
“As done by our Minister, Gerald Hadeed, we at the Ministry of Tourism send our condolences to the family of Mr and Mrs Keil and commit ourselves to doing everything without our power to ensure justice is delivered,” the release stated.