Trinidad & Tobago Police investigate emailed threats to journalists

Barbados Police refused to investigate similar government threats here

Trini Police are investigating an advisor to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for sending threatening e-mails to Trinidad Express journalists Omatie Lyder and Anna Ramdass.

Government advisor Sasha Mohammed belatedly denies sending the threatening emails, but the problem for her is that the police say the e-mails came from her home internet. Mohammed’s lawyers are doing the slippery routine, but one senses a bit of bluster there.

“The e-mails were sent from an e-mail account under the name Janice Thomas which was traced to Mohammed’s computer.”

… from the Trinidad Express story Sasha Under Fire

The fur continues to fly and we’ve linked to some stories in our post – but when you read the newspaper accounts it sounds like there is a possibility that Sasha Mohammed was not interet-savvy. She didn’t know about IP addresses before she hit the “send threatening email” button on her PC. She sure does now!

Barbados Police cover up threats against journalists

It reminds us that the same sort of event happened in Barbados, but in that case the Barbados Police didn’t investigate because they wanted to protect the ruling class. You see, back in 2007 and 2008 a series of threats were made on the internet to murder Barbados hotelier and journalist Adrian Loveridge.

When it turned out that some of the threats came from a computer in the Members of Parliament lounge, well, that was the end of the investigation. Adrian Loveridge filed a formal complaint with the police, but in the end they didn’t even bother to interview Mr. Loveridge. The police did nothing except to protect the BLP government at the time.

Welcome to Barbados where the “rule of law” means that those who rule are the law and the law is whatever is convenient at the time.

Later, a Member of Parliament, Doctor Duguid, confirmed that the anonymous threats to murder Mr. and Mrs. Loveridge and arson their business came from the Barbados Parliament computer. Information posted on another blog even named a Member of Parliament as a suspect.

But the Barbados Police did nothing.

Mr. Loveridge is known for writing well researched news and opinion stories about the tourism industry, but his opinions are sometimes inconvenient for the government. Mr. Loveridge used to do a column for the Barbados Advocate, but was fired when the Tourism Minister of the day, Noel Lynch, threatened to stop government advertising to that newspaper unless Loveridge was sacked.

So the cowardly whores at the Barbados Advocate sacked Loveridge so they could continue to suck on that government advertising revenue. That’s pretty well the way it happened and Adrian wrote about it here and nobody sued him so we believe Adrian.

There is a difference between the Barbados Police and the T&T Police

In Barbados, the police rough up and man-handle journalists, take their cameras, erase the photos and get away with it. When a journalist is threatened by a Member of Barbados Parliament, the police cover up.

Give Trinidad and Tobago Police their due respect for at least this: When two journalists were threatened in emails coming from the home of a powerful government insider, the police did an investigation and by the looks of it they pressed for the truth. At least they did that. Whether they had the strength of will or a strong enough case to lay criminal charges is another story – but at least they investigated the threats and interviewed the suspect and witnesses.

Oh that our Barbados Police could have similar integrity!

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4 responses to “Trinidad & Tobago Police investigate emailed threats to journalists

  1. Sunny Knight

    IR 101: Power is relative and relational. We, the People, are the animators of peripheral overlords in this region. The Arab Spring is a real fine example of People power at work. Silence is complicity. You’re saying, “the status quo is ok”, by saying nothing. You’ve made a political statement.

    Queue S & M by Miss Rihanna: The bound and gagged fetish is fairly popular among small islanders. It’s so popular. It has become a way of life … a way to live. Everybody has something or someone to protect, and that objective in most cases seems to trump ethical considerations and the most sacrosanct of democratic ideals – freedom of speech.

    The lack of resolve exhibited by the RBPF in handling ‘sensitive crimes’, or Thought Crime for the Orwellian buffs amongst us is not shocking. People (not all) like to knock down philosophy. It’s either too heavy or too light. Its density makes it immaterial. It’s an anachronism from the Dark Ages, and now that civilization is so well-established … It’s like I said, you can toss Thought into the trash bin, and along with it, the propagators of democratic ideas over the course of history.

    People (not all) have lost respect for idea[l]s. Not shocking. Corruption is a global pandemic. The thing is, when a police officer suits up, dons the badge, carries the truncheon … Is that individual imbued with the sense that they are defending concepts and ideas, that they are employed in the service of a higher good, such as JUSTICE? Not to cast aspersions on the moral character of anyone in the local police outfit, but I am doubtful. Their personal security – financial and familial – is it. Media practitioners opining on the fallacies of Bajan democracy and the limits of liberty, demanding their own JUSTICE … is not ‘it’; especially since ideas are bulletproof.

  2. just want to know

    When are we here in Barbados are going to hear anything about The Gun issue in the corridors of Parliament?

  3. The Spy

    What gun you got an issue with ?

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    Yesterday (Monday) at around 3pm a young women entered our premises and threatened my wife and myself with a claw hammer, repeatedly brandishing it at us.
    I immediately called the emergency police number (211) giving the operator a description of the person and my wife called Oistins Police Station.
    More than 13 hours later the Police have still not turned up.
    Despite the many approaches to the highest level of the Police and through the trade representative body (BHTA) requesting increased patrols, these pleas have fallen on deaf years and crime continues to be a grave cause of concern. How many murders, rapes and violent attacks will it take before this ongoing problem is addressed?
    Recently a TripAdvisor reviewer posted this following comment when referring to another hotel in our vicinity ‘Nice hotel – shame it’s in the ghetto and we were held at knifepoint’.
    As taxpaying citizens do we have any right to reasonably expect that we can live in relative safety and have the protection of the RBPF?
    A meeting sometime ago with the elected member of Parliament and all the assurances made then have also led to absolutely no improvement.