Saturday 31st December, 2005


Hinds: Chamber’s call understandable

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Targets for reducing crime in 2006 are dependent on the passage of the police service reform bills, says junior National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds.

He made the comment during a Guardian interview on Thursday on calls by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on the Government to take whatever action deemed necessary, draconian or otherwise, to apprehend the perpetrators and restore normality.

Hinds said the bills and finding ways to weed out corrupt police were two key elements in the discussions between the Government and the Opposition on the high crime rate.

Hinds said the Chamber’s call was a cry of impatience, which was understandable, given the record high rate of murders and kidnappings.

“An impatience that, in my view, is not totally justified, because they’re fully aware of the realities in T&T in terms of the law and the Constitution and what we are doing.

“I took it to mean draconian within the context of the law and the Constitution. I know they cannot be talking about anything more than that, because we cannot break the law.”

He said he had met with several business organisations and, where possible, apprised them of what the ministry was doing.

Hinds also said the Government had implemented some of their recommendations, given the law, the constitution and prevailing circumstances.

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