Wednesday 9th June, 2004


Inaction spurring criminals — Aboud

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Bernard Aquing, president of the Port-of-Spain Rotary Club, left, goes through DOMA president Gregory Aboud’s presentation yesterday. Aboud was the feature speaker at the Rotary Club’s luncheon.

Photo: Keith Matthews


Parliamentary representatives seem to be more concerned about flying fish than saving lives, Gregory Aboud president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association said yesterday.

Aboud made the comments as he drew reference to the high level of unsolved murders in the country.

He highlighted the Police Western Division where there were 15 murders, with only one solved.

Aboud cited murder statistics printed recently in the Guardian.

“Who is the representative for the Western Division that has allowed 15 murders to occur and only one to solve,” Aboud said.

“What does this mean? That the other fourteen lives were not important. Those representatives are accountable and responsible,” Aboud said.

He was speaking at the Port-of-Spain Rotary Club luncheon held at the Queen’s Park Oval, yesterday.

He called on both Government and Opposition representatives to play their part in curbing crime.

Aboud said representatives have not reached out to each other to assist in the crime, but instead did so when during the fishing dispute between T&T and Barbados.

“Our representatives joined hands then but protection of our flying fish seems to be more important than protection of our own lives,” he said.

He added that communities were to blame because they failed to act.

It is this shortcoming by communities, Aboud added, that has let representatives off the hook.

Aboud said while the public was not aware of crime statistics the people who committed the murders were keenly aware of it.

He highlighted that of the 24 murders in the Port-of-Spain Division only five were solved.

“That does not mean that it has been solved. That means five murders have led to arrests. It has not led to conviction as yet.”

Aboud asked Rotarians present at the luncheon: “Aren’t you concerned that we are stimulating criminals by not catching them and preventing them from continuing what they have been doing?”

Crime, Aboud said, was destroying not only lives, but jobs, confidence and also discouraging investment.

“It seems that life has no value in T&T,” he said.

He said criminals were operating so boldly now in that they were robbing, killing and then boarding a taxi with no fear of apprehension.






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