UNC: Govt seeking to arrest MPs ahead of election

Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) PRO Sen­a­tor Ani­ta Haynes claims the Peo­ples Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) Gov­ern­ment is mov­ing to have cer­tain Op­po­si­tion MPs ar­rest­ed ahead of the 2020 gen­er­al elec­tions.

Haynes was re­spond­ing to state­ments by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young who said in an in­ter­view on Mon­day on CNC3’s The Morn­ing Brew that some sit­ting MPs are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the po­lice for ties in the crim­i­nal un­der­world. She de­scribed Young’s ut­ter­ances as “ir­re­spon­si­ble and reck­less”, adding that such sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion should not have en­tered the pub­lic do­main.

Haynes, an at­tor­ney, said Young ought to be aware that mat­ters be­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ed by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers should not be pub­li­cised.

“The ques­tion is why bring that in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the pub­lic be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plet­ed be­fore the po­lice have a chance to do their work? By say­ing that, what did he hope to ac­com­plish? If there is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, chances are what he is do­ing is com­pro­mis­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said.

Haynes said Young was drop­ping “crumbs of in­for­ma­tion to cre­ate a po­lit­i­cal sto­ry. When it is all said and done one thing may not be re­lat­ed to an­oth­er. We don’t know at the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion if the po­lice would have some­thing to re­port on.”

She de­nied that any Op­po­si­tion MPs were in­volved with crim­i­nals el­e­ments.

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