Sunday 15 December, 2019

AG denies standoff between court security, police

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi answers an urgent question in the Senate November 19, 2019.
© 2019 Office of the Parliament.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi answers an urgent question in the Senate November 19, 2019. © 2019 Office of the Parliament.

There is no standoff between security services and members of the police service.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi made the statement as he rubbished “scandalous” allegations from Opposition Senator Wade Mark of a stand-off between officers and MTS Security Guards who are insisting that the police be searched before being permitted to enter the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court.

Responding to an urgent question during Tuesday’s sitting of the Senate, he accused Mark of trying to create a situation where there was none.

Al-Rawi said it was and will continue to be a routine security procedure to search all individuals entering judicial premises, including courthouses.

The Attorney General said he spoke directly with the administrative officer in charge of this matter at the Judiciary to enquire if there was any merit to the claims of a standoff, and he was informed that nothing of the sort had taken place.

“It has always been and will continue to be part and parcel of the procedure of the Judiciary which manages the security at all premises it has under its control including courthouses that all persons entering judicial premises are subjected to searches.

This is particularly the case in so far as there have been recent security threats which are well known in the management of significant and high profile matters,” Al-Rawi said.

He said it was not unusual for police officers to be searched, in accordance with security practices at other establishments.

“Security even at an airport is managed with strict process, including all police officers, etc.

So I reject Senator Mark’s attempt to make this into something that it is not,” the AG stated.

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