“I extend commendation to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force on undertaking and completing an internal inquiry into the “children with automatic weapons” scandal, as reported in the press.
However, I believe that the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force must make public the report of this investigation into the children of a senior Cabinet Minister posing with high powered weapons at a military facility at Cumuto.
As the person who, on October 11, 2016, disclosed this act of lawlessness, I call on the Defence Force to honour its responsibility and publicly share the findings of its probe.
Following my revelation, I had provided the Defence Force with the relevant photographs of what I verily believed to be the children of a government Minister posing with high-powered weapons.
The matter calls into question Mr. Al Rawi’s judgment, reliability and temperament.
In the public interest, there must be disclosure of the full findings of the investigation into an episode of alleged lawlessness, vulgar breach and abuse of office, absence of accountability and blatant political cover-up.
The Defence Force must state clearly what procedures and policies were breached? By who? And what action has been taken to hold those persons accountable?
The Defence Force, having admitted to this event as occurring at one of its highly-guarded facility must also state categorically the identities of those children.
In the circumstances, I call on Faris Al Rawi to step down as Attorney General pending the full outcome of this matter. The Attorney General may yet have to answer a charge of misbehavior in Public Office.