National Security Minister Brigadier (Ret) Edmund Dillon has announced the creation of a Child Protection Unit in the Police Service and the Attorney General says his Ministry will back it up with proper legislation.
Addressing today's post-Cabinet media conference, Minister Dillon noted that in recent times there has been an increase in incidences of crime against children.
He said that against that background, the Commissioner of Police felt that a dedicated and focused entity within the Police Service was necessary to deal with crimes committed against children.
The following is legal advice given to the Petrotrin board by Vincent Nelson, QC on the strength of its case against former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones.
It has been released by the Office of the Attorney General:
"IN THE MATTER OF C.v 2013-01917 PETROTRIN v MR. MALCOLM JONES
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says his decision to discontinue the legal proceedings against former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones, was based on legal advice that was also available to former Attorneys-General Anand Ramlogan and Garvin Nicholas.
The AG is questioning why that some information was kept away from the legal team.
The following is the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday evening:
One of the attorneys assigned to prosecute former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones, has penned a letter to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, in reference to his involvement in the Malcolm Jones case.
Attorney Varun Debideen says he is not accepting that he acted unprofessionally in this matter.
The following is Debideen's letter to the Attorney General which was written before the decision by the AG to discontinue the matter. The letter was sent to the media by former Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj:
"2nd February 2016
BARBADOS: Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has suggested that Barbadians can take comfort in the fact that the island’s crime situation is no where near as bad as that of neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, which has recorded over 80 murders in just two months.
The United National Congress is challenging the Government over the discontinuance of a case filed against former Petrotrin president Malcolm Jones, announced the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi at a news conference today.
The UNC believes that the case brought against Jones was strong and backed with solid evidence.
The following is the UNC's statement: