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Not pointing any fingers, says AG

Adriel Brathwaite

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite is not accusing the Customs Department of assisting in the importation of illegal weapons into the island.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Barbados Customs Brokers and Clerks Association (BCBCA) this morning, Brathwaite insisted that his earlier statements had been misunderstood.

“What I said that seems to [have] upset a few officers, is that we have an issue in Barbados in terms of illegal guns coming into the country, that the firearms are coming in either by air or by sea,” explained the Minister of Home Affairs as he delivered the feature address.

Brathwaite, however, contended that he was not accusing customs officials of being involved in arms smuggling, but rather encouraging them to get onboard in combating the problem.

“They [the firearms] are either coming through our ports or they are coming through other places across the coast of Barbados. If they are coming through the airport we need to do what is required to stem the flow, if they are coming through the Bridgetown Port . . . through Port St Charles, we need to do what is required to stem the flow,” he emphasized.

Brathwaite contended that it would take the combined efforts of all in identifying and solving the issue.

“All I am saying, is that we have an issue and we need all actors involved; the police . . . customs . . . the brokers involved, whoever can assist us in identifying how firearms are coming into the country so we can stem the flow.

“We need to get involved, so if individuals officers want to be upset with me for saying that, I really don’t care . . . because the facts are simple. They don’t drop out of the sky, they have to be coming from somewhere and we have a responsibility to ensure we protect more of our young people from dying at the hands of firearms,” the Attorney General insisted.

The Minister revealed that of the 31 murders which occurred last year, the majority of them were committed with firearms.  “They [the firearms] are made outside of Barbados and they are brought into Barbados either legally or illegally . . . I will not back down from the fact that we need everyone involved in this fight including customs,” Brathwaite maintained. (KK)

11 Responses to Not pointing any fingers, says AG

  1. Mike January 31, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Why is Customs not upset with the head of the police force who also said they (guns) are coming through our ports of entry where customs have responsibility. Customs officer should not feel tin skin about this grave concerns when our young people are losing their lives to guns. I believe we need joint police army patrol in this country and we need more visibility of police on our roads at night. We are paying them to relax in police station and sleeping at night like most citizens while bandits are doing just as much damage as terrorist when it comes to tourism. We are paying the police to protect us by our hard earn taxes.

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis January 31, 2016 at 7:14 am

    There he goes again,Mr 100% clueless

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 31, 2016 at 9:15 am

    ‘Not pointing any fingers’ mean wunna ain’t got a clue what is going on or wunna turn a blind eye, give the who you knows a clear ⚠

  4. Observer January 31, 2016 at 11:18 am

    The heads of authority in barbados have a bad habit of putting their foot in they mouths when making statements ,think b4 u speak then u wouldn’t have to explain afterwards .I personally feel u r looking in at the wrong department

  5. jrsmith January 31, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    This is the Attorney General of Barbados, he is the law maker, if he make a statement, why apologize, As mike reminds us all , on three occasions , a senior police said ,even worst and my question, why are no guns found at the airport and at the Bridgetown port ,but Barbados is flooded, with them..

    Somebody needs to sit ,MR, Brathwaite down in a quiet spot, ask him if he understands his job title and whats to be done by him, every time he opens his mouth is as if he is talking of some else… I still think we would be better off ,if we ask Westminster for help, with the overall management of Barbados LTD…

  6. Bobo January 31, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Not pointing any fingers–AG Jackass ass– When his government knows for a very long time –where some of Customs employees received their riches (without seat and tears).

  7. Olutoye Walrond January 31, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Regardless of how unpalable it might be to anyone, the fact is that these guns are coming through the ports. To deny that is to look a roaring lion in the mouth and pretend it is Miss. Piggy.

  8. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown January 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Listen to mi man u done know where the guns coming from nuff a dem collecting big money to carry out dirty work…its a pity the gunmen ain’t turning the guns on who helping to bring dem in kmdt.

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Aint a fan of AG but he has a damm good point why can law enforcement set up stings to catch whomever rich or poor that bringing in anything illegal into Barbados like normal thinking law enforcement agencies does in other countries around the world.Seriously idots running Bim just beyond backwards damm its 2016 not 1916.

  10. jrsmith February 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Its simple, people at our ports, is corrupt, but this goes far beyond the ports, the police must catch them, Attorney General, stop talking crap ,do your dam job with the Barbados police, catch these criminals.. Lots of people seems to be above the law in Barbados , when last was they a large drug or gun seizure at the sea or airport…

  11. Frank J.... February 7, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Great idea Tony, but pray tell me, by whom will these systems be operated…the custom officers? Ours?


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