Thursday, February 22, 2018

No news good news in Dana murder probe?

This is an open letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Minister of National Security Gary Griffith and Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.

Today marks 29 days since Dana Seetahal was murdered and our Government is silent. 

Can you please explain to the public why there have been no arrests? 

Why do we receive no updates from either the Ministry or the police on the status of the investigation, to put our minds at ease that Dana really will get justice? 

It is astounding and horrifying that an entire month has passed and nothing is being communicated to the public.  Should we assume that your silence means that the assassins have been held, that justice is being served, albeit quietly?  In this case, is no news really good news?

It is without question that all those murdered in this country deserve swift and fair justice, and I lament the appallingly low rate of convictions. Is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on unmanned drones really the answer? What we need is good old fashioned police work ... talking to the community, gathering evidence and building a case so that conviction is guaranteed.  We need our judiciary to sort their act out so that they can support the Police Service.

As one of our republic’s most intelligent and passionate advocates, Dana deserves better than this. Your silence is a mockery and an insult to her life and the great value she brought to our nation.  

Madam Prime Minister, I implore you to tell us what is being done and let us feel assured that beloved Dana will receive justice.

Lara Quentrall-Thomas

Port of Spain