Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith. Photo: Azlan Mohammed
NATIONAL Security Minister Stuart Young says he is not spying on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.
Referring to an online article in the Newsday newspaper on Saturday, Young said, “…the Honourable Roodal Moonilal has told a deliberate untruth where he is quoted as saying that I, as Minister of National Security, admitted that I was spying on the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gary Griffith.”
In a release also on Saturday, Young said, “This is wholly untrue, at no time whatsoever, have I ever monitored and/or spied on the Commissioner of Police.
“This deliberate untruth by Mr. Moonilal is an attempt to distract from the fact that it was reported to me, by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), as confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, that he, Mr. Moonilal was planning to meet two gang leaders in his constituency office.
“As the Minister of National Security, I am provided with reports on a consistent basis by the TTPS. For the public record, I state, without fear of contradiction that I have never instructed that Mr. Roodal Moonilal or any member of the Opposition be spied upon.
“The TTPS monitors criminals and if persons, including Mr. Moonilal, decide to interact with criminals they run the risk of being the subject of police investigations.
“I have always been, and will continue to be, very cautious to protect the office of Minister of National Security.”