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Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Moonilal plans to grill Commissioner of Police Erla Harewood-Christopher on the Brent Thomas fiasco when she appears before a Joint Select Committee meeting this week.
Moonilal made the comment while pointing out that the Thomas scandal warrants a full public enquiry from Caricom, as it demonstrates a wanton disregard for the rule of law by high-profile arms of law enforcement.
Moonilal said he was looking forward to questioning the Police Commissioner on Thomas’ alleged abduction.
The deputy UNC leader said he intended to find out directly who authorised a Regional Security Services aircraft to land in T&T, even though T&T is not a signatory to the RSS. The Caricom member states forming the RSS are Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Officers of the T&T Police Service used a RSS aircraft to return Thomas to T&T last year, after he was detained in Barbados while in transit to Miami and returned home.
Dr Moonilal explained that for an RSS aircraft to be used, the Ministry of National Security must have requested this because an RSS aircraft cannot come into T&T’s sovereign space without permission.
“We are hoping that the Commissioner will deal with that. The Commissioner of Police is appearing on the Joint Select Committee next week (this week) and I intend to pose that question to her as to who authorised the police to travel on RSS aircraft,” Moonilal contended.
He also said the Barbadian Attorney General “fell short in giving a proper open and frank explanation as to what transpired.”
“It is not good enough to say the police fell short. What happened is the police broke the law and you either have to uphold the law or break the law,” Moonilal added in reference to Barbados AG Dale Marshall’s statement in Parliament last week on the matter.
Asked whether the Opposition had received any correspondence from Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Dr Moonilal said: “I would assume when the Attorney General spoke it was with the knowledge and consent of the Prime Minister of Barbados.”
However, saying further enquiry is needed, Dr Moonilal added, “That is why I support the approach of Kamla Persad-Bissessar to write to the Prime Minister of Barbados to call for a full public enquiry to the scandal.”