The T&T Police Service says the search warrant for the raid on the Trinidad Express’ offices on Wednesday was not obtained on the instructions of the acting Police Commissioner, National Security Minister Stuart Young said yesterday.
Young was replying to a query from United National Congress Senator Wade Mark, who asked whether the search warrant was obtained on the instruction of acting Police Commissioner Irwin Hackshaw.
Young said the Police Service is an independent body and their actions on probes are independent.
“In this particular circumstance, I as National Security Minister had no information prior to it and was given no briefing before the search,” Young said.
He said there’s an ongoing police investigation and he was advised by the Attorney General that there’s now litigation surrounding the circumstances and he didn’t want to say more. Young stressed Government had absolutely no role to play in the matter. Young said he got no reports from the police but he had a conversation with one investigating officer where it was confirmed it was an ongoing probe.
“From the time that language is used, I as National Security Minister, don’t intrude whatsoever on investigations. I just told them they must always be cautious when it comes to the media and freedom of press. I leave the Police Service to do their investigations.”
Young’s Senate appearance yesterday was his first in Parliament since Tuesday’s incident where he took a tumble from a stage at the opening of the Penal Fire Station. He dislocated his shoulder.
Dressed in a formal shirt and trousers yesterday, he was sans jacket since his arm was in a sling. Senate President Christine Kangaloo said the Senate would waive the Standing Orders on attire due to his circumstances.
When Young entered the chamber, he was warmly greeted with a big smile and semi “bounce” from UNC’s Mark, who was walking along the corridor.
Before Mark posed his questions to Young, the UNC Senator said, “I wish my honourable friend a speedy recovery and though we engage in light banter, when something like this (dislocated shoulder) happens we all must be in solidarity.”
“Bash him (Young) now,” another senator teased Mark, after Young said, “I thank my colleagues on all sides for their well wishes.”