The threat to disrupt Carnival 2018 is still very much on, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams stated yesterday as he announced that three more people are now in police custody following ongoing investigations into the matter.
A total of seven adult males have now been detained with respect to the threat, Williams said.
That threat, however, is not a “terrorist threat” and did not involve the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) unearthing “any threat in relation to any embassy or high commission with a diplomatic presence in Trinidad and Tobago”, he said. Williams said talk of embassies being attacked were simply “rumours”.
“The threat we speak about is of unusual criminal acts of varying forms, including violence,” Williams said.
Williams said the investigation into the Carnival 2018 threat is a “live one” and that the TTPS is “doing everything legally possible to eliminate that threat”.
Williams said the investigation into the matter is being fully led by the TTPS and that they have not “fully engaged any external agencies for extensive support”.
The TTPS has not had any direct presence from the United States in the investigation, he said.
Speaking at a special media briefing called yesterday, Williams said he could not say whether the seven men arrested are Muslim, but gave the assurance that no particular group is being targeted.
Williams, however, said that two Masjids have been searched by the police.
Murder accused Rajaee Ali, who was moved from the Port-of-Spain jail to the Maximum Security Prison on Friday, is not a “person of interest” in the matter, Williams said.
“At present, the investigators continue to interview persons detained and they also continue to pursue the gathering of evidence with a clear intention to prosecute persons where sufficient evidence would have been obtained,” Williams said.
Courtesy of: http://www.guardian.co.tt/