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Commissioner Williams: Carnival still under threat

Commissioner Williams: Carnival still under threat

Three additional persons have been arrested following the uncovering of ‘unusual threats’ to disrupt Carnival activities in T&T.

That’s according to acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams as he addressed the media on Saturday afternoon at an urgent conference called at the Police Administration Building.

On Thursday, police detained four persons in connection with the plot, and Commissioner Williams says they are working to conclude the investigation as quickly as possible. He did not highlight the range of offences that police are seeking to charge the arrested men, however he says they are engaging with the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the probe for guidance.

He also denied rumours that there was a threat to any Embassy or High Commission with a Diplomatic presence in this country.

However, Commissioner Williams says they are moving speedily to conclude the probe with an aim to prosecute persons in the matter, where there is sufficient evidence, and investigations “may involve arresting other persons”.

And, he adds, officers are remaining vigilant as Carnival is still under threat, and the TTPS is “moving speedily” and doing everything legally possible to eliminate that threat. He says the threat “is of unusual criminal acts of varying forms including violence.

The Top Cop says the TTPS and Defence Force will be out in their numbers at all Carnival venues to ensure safe and secure festivities. He also called on the public to share any matters they feel strange or out of the ordinary with the police.

He adds that during the police investigation, two Masjids were searched. He also commended Imam Shiraz Ali of the Nur E Islam Masjid in El Socorro after the Imam issued a video statement, regarding the search of his Masjid on Thursday. He said the police were professional, and there was mutual cooperation during the search.

Commissioner Williams is assuring that under his leadership, “there will be no attack on the Muslims or any other group”

After being asked about whether the police was assisted by US Military official, as claimed in an international news report, the Top Cop said the TTPS has not fully engage any external agency for support. He said there was no direct US presence in its operation here.

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February 10th, 2018

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