Friday 3 April, 2020

Young denies 'spying' on CoP after Moonilal kicked out of JSC

National Security Minister Stuart Young has responded to Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal, who has accused him of spying on Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

After being voted out of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on National Security, Moonilal accused Young of abusing purported confidential reports and information for political purposes.

The UNC MP further claimed that Young admitted that he was spying on the Commissioner of Police.

On Friday, Leader of the House Camille Robinson-Regis passed a motion to vote the Oropouche MP out of the JSC Committee on National Security.

She said it would have been prudent for Moonilal to recuse himself from the committee based on claims made by the National Security Minister, that he was linked to criminal elements.

In a statement on Saturday, the National Security Minister described Moonilal's claims as "a deliberate untruth."

He said: "This is wholly untrue, at no time whatsoever, have I ever monitored and/or spied on the Commissioner of Police."

Young accused Moonilal of attempting to distract from the fact that it was reported to him by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), as confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, that he, was planning to meet two gang leaders in his constituency office.

He explained that as the Minister of National Security, he is provided with reports on a consistent basis by the TTPS.

The Minister also added that he has never instructed that Moonilal or any member of the Opposition be spied upon.

He stated that TTPS monitors criminals and if persons decide to interact with criminals they run the risk of being the subject of police investigations.

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