Griffith vs Defence Force

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 18:15

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is lashing out at the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), in particular the last two sitting Chief of Defence Staff.

At a Police Weekly Media Briefing this morning, Commissioner Griffith sought to provide an update on two high profile investigations being conducted by the TTPS (Trinidad and Tobago Police Service), one of which is the matter involving the children Attorney General Faris Al Rawi being photographed with what appeared to be high powered weapons at a Defence Force base in Cumoto.

While he said the matter will be closed “within the next week or two,” the top cop said the probe has hit a bump in the road because of the lack of cooperation of the Defence Force.

He said on October 21st, 2016 official correspondence was sent to the then Chief of Defence Staff (Brigadier General Rodney Smart) asking for the contents of a Board of Inquiry into the incident.

However Griffith said there was no response forthcoming. He added that a second letter requesting the same information was sent, on May 11th 2018, to the new Chief of Defence Staff (Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard) but he too did not comply.

“Not even the common courtesy of a response.” He said. “I am fighting enough wars, I have no intention of fighting a war with the Defence Force but this is totally unacceptable.”

Griffith said he will be writing to the current Chief of Defence Staff (Air Commodore Darryl Daniel) to again request the information which he said would assist in closing the matter. “After three strikes somebody will be out.”

He then gave the assurance that this matter will be closed “one way or the other.”

Reporter: Chester Sambrano