Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith. Azlan Mohammed/AZP News
THE Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago is giving too much liberty to illegal Venezuelan migrants.
This according to a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Tuesday.
The release quoted Police Commissioner Gary Griffith as saying that a dangerous precedent was set in a recent court decision.
It stated, “The Commissioner says that there is far too much liberty being afforded by judicial officers to the illegal Venezuelan entrants which permeate our borders, without any form of redress for their misdeeds, and who are likely to be bringing the Covid-19 virus to our shores.”
The release stated, “There is a dangerous precedent being set by judicial officers as it pertains to the illegal entry of Venezuelan nationals within the borders of T&T.”
It stated that Griffith has taken note of a recent decision within the Judiciary which has given illegal entrants to the borders of T&T.
He added, “In this instant, where individuals would have usually received a fine or imprisonment, 24 persons were simply reprimanded and discharged.
“Commissioner Griffith says there appears to be no deterrent factor being advanced by the judicial system and this can be tantamount to creating an open invitation for non-nationals to come into our country illegally without fear of fine, imprisonment or repatriation.”