Friday 15 November, 2019

Government reaches out to Interpol on Venezuela kidnapping

The Ministry of National Security said it has reached out to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) regarding Trinidadian fishermen being held by Venezuelan kidnappers.

In a statement issued Friday, the Ministry said it has communicated with INTERPOL and has made requests for assistance through diplomatic channels, as the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has no jurisdiction outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry said the 'on-going and at a very sensitive stage', and as a result details and specific information surrounding the circumstances of this matter cannot be provided at this time.

The Ministry also reminded the public to be cautious in their 'utterances and condemnation of how the matter is being handled and the circumstances surrounding the matter as they are not privy to the facts and intelligence of this matter'.

Minister of National Security Stuart Young added that Trinidad and Tobago nationals should be aware of the risks of leaving Trinidad and Tobago territory and venturing into the territorial waters of other countries.

"The Minister of National Security, the Honourable Stuart R. Young, M.P. would also like to remind nationals of Trinidad and Tobago that they should be aware of the risks of leaving our territorial waters and venturing into the territorial waters of other countries where we have no jurisdiction."

"The information surrounding this matter is that the Trinidadian individuals involved were abducted in Venezuelan river tributaries within the mainland of Venezuela."

"The Ministry of National Security will continue to monitor this situation and provide all of the material assistance that it can," the Ministry said. 

Citizens called for assistance for four fishermen being held for ransom in Venezuela after photos of their abduction were shared online. One man has since returned to Trinidad and Tobago.

Investigations are continuing. 

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