The abduction of a Trinidad and Tobago national from Barbados by three members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service represents a serious breach of the rule of law and the constitutional rights of a citizen of this country.
Despite the court judgement by Justice Devendra Rampersad detailing what he called “a shameful blot on our nation,” no information has been forthcoming from the government or State agencies explaining how such an incredible breach of the law could have happened.
To date, Keith Rowley has incredulously denied any knowledge of this illegal action. I maintain that this carefully coordinated and illegal operation could not have been sanctioned without the approval of the highest offices in the land, including the Commissioner of Police, the Minister of National Security, the Attorney General, and Prime Minister Keith Rowley.
As such, I have formally written to the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, asking for a full investigation into this serious matter. Unlike Keith Rowley, I have the utmost faith in Prime Minister Mottley to be transparent on this issue, which affects the rule of law and constitutional rights of all citizens, including those in Barbados.
Keith Rowley’s track record of brazenly usurping the rule of law may give him false confidence that he will escape in this matter. However, the Opposition intends to prosecute this matter to the fullest extent and hold Keith Rowley accountable.
I promise the people of Trinidad and Tobago that the truth about what occurred in this matter will be uncovered.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition