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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:43

AG Al-Rawi: Crime not localised to one jurisdiction

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Crime does not begin solely in one country and as such, cannot be dealt with on its own.

That's the message Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi sought to bring across in the Senate as he tabled the Motion to Approve the Privileges and Immunities CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Order, 2016.

It is hoped IMPACS will strengthen analysis capacities in the region by posting Research Officers in pilot countries, who will liaise with law enforcement agencies to collect, harmonise and analyse data on drug trafficking and related organised crime.

The AG said: "Crime and security is not localised to any one jurisdiction, in particular Trinidad and Tobago. What we are looking at in this matrix is the fact that there is a global village. We cannot consider typologies of narcotics, of human trafficking, of murder, of the flow and tide without looking to what's happening in our neighbouring jurisdictions."

He stressed the importance of IMPACS as in some instances T&T may be a transit point or producer of crime.

"We have seen an uptick in criminality. We have the legacy of it left behind in the number of firearms, in the amount of drugs that has been left on the trail in Trinidad and Tobago, littered only by the severity of the body count and the blood that has washed this country."

AG Al-Rawi even made reference to Jamaica's move to deal with its crime. 

"MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force) in Jamaica is operationalised by the sole agreement between Opposition and Government. No legislation. None. Director hired by the Executive, potentially fired by the Executive, trading of information, interception of communication. Everything done without an enabling piece of law and if you see the results."

In response to AG Al-Rawi, Opposition Senator Leader Wade Mark questioned how IMPACS can have a positive effect on the elimination of crime.

"CARICOM is one of the most murderous regions in the world. I think they are first, if not the second, in terms of homicides in the world. So what is IMPACS doing in providing direction to the region in addressing this scourge? And we know, based on what the Attorney General has said, that the drug trade is the driving force behind the guns, behind the murder rate that we are experiencing in the region today. Not to talk about Trinidad and Tobago where we have more murders in the year than the days of the year."

Another voice from the Opposition's side, Khadijah Ameen, said she understands that as technology evolves, the world becomes a smaller place, so it's expected that partnerships be formed.

But she added that the Government has not shown the ability to treat with crime internally.

"We are still yet to see a direction, a strategic approach, to crime fighting from this Government and any effort, whether it is internally or from a regional or international bodies, in my opinion, will be very welcomed as any life lost due to violence in Trinidad and Tobago is one life too many."

Before the debate began, Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon outlined some areas that needed to be improved to deal with crime in T&T.

He said intelligence gathering is a critical component in the national security apparatus of this country.

"To this end, the Government has restructured the Strategic Services Agency which now includes the National Operations Centre and the National Security Training Academy. The reconfiguration of this most important intelligence agency will facilitate enhanced intelligence gathering and dissemination to the relevant security agencies when required."

He said the use of modern technology will be introduced to deal with crime.

 

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