Dillian Johnson who fled to the United Kingdom in 2017 after he was shot outside his home has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May expressing fear for his life following the suspicious circumstances in which ex-coast guard officer Richard “Muscle” Edwards died.
Johnson has also asked the British government to not only, “lend their voices but your offices as well.”
Johnson in his letter also emailed the British Home Secretary, Peter Tatchell, a British human rights campaigner, and his lawyers who assisted him in obtaining humanitarian protection by the UK government.
Johnson’s email entitled, “Frightening and alarming situations taking place in Trinidad and Tobago,” said, This is not the first time allegations of “accidental or death by suicide” has occurred surrounding powerful people or situations. These are the things that are being covered by politics and the privileged as we speak in my country.”
He continued: “I am now fearful for my life here in Scotland as this has now escalated to new heights where all information given in my 18-page statement to the Anti-Corruption Bureau was never dealt with as a matter of urgency by then former Commissioner Stephen Williams and those within at the bureau at the time it was given.”
Johnson pointed out that present Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has been relentlessly “pursuing any and all leads day and night where this matter is concerned and may need some assistance.”
Johnson in the closing lines of his email to the British government said, “Evil prevails when good men sit idly by and do nothing, we must all take a stance for something or fall anything. In conclusion, it is a time that we all must unite in focusing the eyes of the world on what’s happening in my beloved country.”
Police are still trying to ascertain exactly how Edwards died after it was reported he shot himself with his 9 mm firearm at his business —Multinational Specialist Network— located in Couva on Friday night.
At least two versions of the shooting have cropped up but investigators are still trying to piece together the facts based on the statements of at least 10 witnesses.
Superintendent Wayne Mystar of the Central Division had revealed to Guardian Media on Saturday, “We have some versions and we are trying to ascertain exactly what happened. The investigation is at a sensitive stage and we have at least ten persons we are interviewing.”
Edwards, 50, Guardian Media was reliably informed, was one of the people under investigation for the shooting of Johnson outside his Gasparillo home on December 3, 2017.
Johnson survived the attack and fled to the United Kingdom where he was later granted humanitarian protection for a period of five years.
Edwards was the person that Johnson identified in his 18-page statement to police back in December 2017.
Johnson had told investigators then that he had cloned Edwards’ phone and uncovered a series of WhatsApp conversations between Edwards, a high-ranking judicial officer, and people in charge of judiciary security.
In January, Edwards was also identified by a woman (name withheld) in a sworn statutory declaration in which she identified Edwards. He had approached her and asked her to point out the house where Johnson lived in Gasparillo.
A few days later, Johnson was shot outside his home.
Reporter: Mark Bassant