Prisoners vow to kill 5 prison officers; SORT, Minister respond

National Security Minister Stuart Young says he has asked that an inter-agency approach be taken to threats against prison officers.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Minister Young said the perpetrators will face the full brunt of the law.

The Minister issued the following statement on Tuesday:

"It has come to my attention that there is in circulation, a document purporting to be a confidential report authored by SORT which references possible threats to Prison Officers.

I have already spoken to both the Acting Commissioner of Prisons Mr. Dane Clarke and the Commissioner of Police Mr. Gary Griffith about the content of this report.

Threats of violence to any Prison Officer or any officer attached to any of the services under the Ministry of National Security will not be tolerated.

I have asked that an inter-agency approach be deployed to deal with this incident.

This is being treated as a priority and resources are being deployed to deal with the threat.

Anyone found threatening any officer in any of the services under National Security will be dealt with by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as appropriate.

Such illegal actions will not be tolerated and any perpetrators will face the full brunt of the law."

The confidential report referred to by the minister advised on criminal intent and threats to kill five prison officers.

According to the report, on Monday Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) Intelligence Operatives received information of possible threats to kill the officers.

The information suggested that as a result of a search of a cell at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca which led to the seizure of a cell phone belonging to one one of the inmates, some of the inmates that have identified themselves as a Muslim-affiliated organized crime group indicated their dissatisfaction of the treatment during the search and as such, articulated their intention to have 5 prison officers killed in retaliation.

S.O.R.T Analysts advised that personnel within the Trinidad and Tobago prisons be warned of the existence of threats against their lives.

It advised that prison officers and their families should also exercise heightened situational awareness, particularly around their homes and places they frequent.

S.O.R.T has made recommended which include heightened patrols and extreme situational awareness.

 

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