Police Commissioner refutes allegation of spy operation in Dominica

first_imgPolice Commissioner, Cyril CarettePolice Commissioner, Cyril Carrette is calling on the Opposition United Workers Party to cease making claims that a spy operation by Police Officers exists in Dominica.According to reports six police officers of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force have been deployed in a spy agency on the sixth floor of the Financial Center where the tapping of telephones and the monitoring of text messages of certain individuals are taking place.Former Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the government of Dominica and Police Chief to explain allegations of a spy operation in Dominica.The police chief says, however, these allegations are unfortunate.“The statement is not true and those are rumors and those persons who are spreading it need to stop. They are putting people in fear and this should not be happening,” he said.According to Carrette, every police organization has an intelligence branch and it operates from the financial center.“What we have is a National Joint Intelligence Unit and we collaborate with other similar agencies in the region but it’s nothing like spying. We don’t want to listen to people’s conversation, all we want to make sure is that Dominica remains a safe place,” he added.Meantime the United Workers Party is calling for the immediate disbarment of the National Joint Intelligence Center (NJIC).Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Hector JohnIn a statement issued yesterday on the matter, Opposition Leader Hector John questioned why such a unit should be housed in the prime minister’s office.We hear that the NJIC comprises of a few policemen handpicked by Roosevelt Skerrit and they operate on the 6th floor of the financial center in Roseau. This is where the prime minister’s office is located. We hear that the NJIC has capabilities of intercepting phone calls, emails and they are also able to monitor activities at selected residents and business places via remote control, hidden cameras and audio recording devices,” he said.According to John, the operation was initially intended for intelligence gathering to help curb unlawful activities in the country.“This is disturbing. We see that this is an unlawful service for Skerrit and his colleagues. We know that all over the world there is an intelligence unit in place to fight against crime, money laundering, weapon trafficking, terrorism and illicit enrichment. But in Dominica, without the approval of the parliament, Skerrit has fashioned a spy network to terrorize his official political opponent and law abiding citizens deemed to be his opponent,” he said.John said this is by far, the most savage act on the freedom and democracy of the people.The UWP is calling for the formation of a professional crime fighting intelligence agency in Dominica.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 77 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share LocalNews Police Commissioner refutes allegation of spy operation in Dominica by: – August 26, 2011last_img