The attention of the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry for Public Safety has been brought to a threat to the safety of officers of the Government and, consequently, to the security of the nation.
Many concerned members of the community have contacted the Honourable Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin, the Minister of for Public Safety and Attorney-General, notifying him of an alarming statement made by a Mr. Irwin Romeo, on Observer Radio.
In a recording provided to the Ministry for Public Safety, Mr. Romeo, also known as “Bombshell”, is heard to be saying that “an Antiguan Resistance Movement” of ex-military persons in the United States will stalk town hall and other meetings by government officials and will “deal with them”.
Minister Benjamin disclosed that complainants to him have expressed deep concern about the “copycat” actions from the U.S. of ex-military that was advocated by Mr. Romeo. In recent months in the U.S. and elsewhere, extremists have entered churches, supermarkets and other public places and murdered men, women and children, including a UK member of parliament.
The Attorney-General said: “My office is taking the threats made by Mr. Romeo at its face value and, therefore, considers that there is a danger to government officials and the peaceful nature of our country. It would be foolhardy of me and the law enforcement agencies to treat this matter lightly given the shootings and killings by extremists that have taken place in several parts of the world.”
Minister Benjamin declared: “In the circumstances, I am seeking an opinion from the Director of Public Prosecutions on this matter, and, in the meantime, the law enforcement agencies will take appropriate action. Additionally, the authorities of the United States will be informed of the threat to raise a military group on U.S. soil, which is a criminal offence”.
The Minister said: “The last thing anyone of us wants to see is the peace, calm and steady progress of our nation disrupted by copycat attacks on people”.