National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says it appears that the three fishermen who were captured by the Guardia National and taken to Venezuela, do not appear as though they want to come back home at this time.
He told today's post-Cabinet media conference that the Government has been making all effort for their safe return but that the men do not seem to want to accept it.
"I have a sense that there is no urgency. I have a sense that they are comfortable. It is up to them when they are ready to come home," he told the media.
Violent crime, fuelled by illegal narcotics and weapons, has had an adverse effect on the landscape of T&T.
However, the influx of this type of contraband is expected to be addressed with the implementation of four mobile container scanners at two of the country’s major ports at Point Lisas and Port-of-Spain.
An investigation has been launched into an incident at the Couva Health Facility in which three police officers were refused treatment because they had no medical card.
The officers, dressed in their police uniform, went to the health facility early Sunday morning after receiving minor injuries during the arrest of two men at Dow Village, California.
The Ministry of National Security says it has spoken with Venezuelan officials about an incident involving Trinidad and Tobago fishermen on Thursday.
The men appeared to have been taken by armed me while fishing off Trinidad and Tobago's south coast.
The ministry says the circumstances under which the men were taken is now engaging its attention.
The National Security Ministry issued the following statement on Friday:
Stephen Williams has been given his 13th extension as the country’s acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) for the next six months.
Williams received his appointment on Holy Thursday from the Police Service Commission extending his acting position effective April 1 to September 30.
This was confirmed yesterday to the T&T Guardian by the Police Service Commission’s (PSC) Assistant Director Public Education, Rae-Ann Harper-Walters.
The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service says that around 9:55 am today, convicted prisoner Anil Sookoo escaped legal custody from the Golden Grove Convict Prison, Arouca.
Sookoo was recaptured at approximately 10:05 am by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service within the environs of the Golden Grove Prison Facility without resistance.
Sookoo is currently serving a two-year sentence with hard-labour for larceny.
He began to serve the sentence on March 5th, 2018.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is seeking to correct what he says are libelous claims be made about him, with regards to a civil matter in the United States.
Minister Dillon insists he has done nothing wrong, nor is he a party to the proceedings in the court.
He says claims that he has been indicted and/or convicted of a criminal offence, are not true.
The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of National Security today: