...PNM leader: Warner's
revelation was reckless
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley is "stunned and astounded at the reckless behaviour of the Minister of National Security" Jack Warner.
Rowley said he did not want to say anything about the death threat, other than to stress that he had never heard a Minister of National Security come out with a political speech in which he is talking about sensitive work which is being undertaken by the Commissioner of Police and his men.
"Insofar that there is an investigation taking place, that behaviour of the minister has the potential to compromise it. If there was any person attempting to harm me, he (Warner) would have alerted them," Rowley said. The Opposition Leader said the police had a different approach to an investigation.
"The Commissioner of Police is the officer of state who has the responsibility to treat with my concerns or complaints or referrals," he said. "This is not something like a break-in or a car accident that the police are investigating which might involve covert activity. It may involve penetrating people's surroundings and their confidences. And to find out anything in matters of this nature, you usually have to catch people off guard. Yet the minister goes on a platform and converts a police investigation of a sensitive matter into a speech," Rowley said. "How do you think the police feel? Imagine you are doing covert investigations on a matter referred to you and the next thing you know it is making news all day in Trinidad and Tobago?".
Stating that one expected certain protocols with any such investigation, Rowley said what Warner did was "irresponsible in the extreme." the Opposition Leader stated.
Rowley said he was being bombarded with telephone calls as a result of Warner's announcement.
Rowley said the Prime Minister could have afforded to tell the national community that there was a death threat on her life because, he said, there was no such threat. He said he certainly did handle any threat in the same way. He added that in a country which has had a mutiny, an attempted coup and an assassination of a former Attorney General, this kind of information ("of first the life of the Prime Minister, then that of the Opposition Leader) making international news portrayed the country in a negative light.