CARICOM Security Chair Condemns Search of Police Officers

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 7 /CNW/ -- The searching of police
officers in Barbados by ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 security officials
has been condemned by Caribbean officials responsible for regional security
mechanisms for the tournament.
    Chairperson of the CARICOM Sub Committee for CWC security Honourable Mia
Mottley, Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, says she is most disturbed at such
a development and stressed that on the regional front, every effort was made
to guard against these types of incidents.
    "It must be understood that in every CARICOM Member State, police
officers are accorded certain responsibilities under the law. Their authority
as set out in law cannot be varied by any agreement. It will not be
tolerated," she said.
    "I am most disappointed that such a thing could have happened and wish to
stress that I hope it will not happen again and that CWC will assure that
their private security understand the limitations to their powers," the Deputy
Prime Minister stressed.
    The action was also condemned by Barbados' Commissioner of Police. The
searching of the police officers at the start of the warm-up match between
Scotland and Sri Lanka on Monday in Barbados has been the subject of
widespread public outcry in that country.
    The Deputy Prime Minister emphasised that the action by CWC officials was
most unsatisfactory and will not be supported.
    "The Caribbean is hosting Cricket World Cup 2007, and the governments
have made a tremendous financial investment in this tournament. We are
committed to its success, but there has to be an understanding and an
appreciation of the laws, as well as of certain norms, procedures and
practices. We will not stand by and accept such treatment of police and other
law enforcement personnel. It is unacceptable," she stressed.
    She added that there had been prolonged discussions between CARICOM
member states and CWC officials long before the commencement of the tournament
in respect to this issue. These discussions had clarified the role and
responsibility of the national police forces in relation to enforcement of law
and order and the primacy of the police in respect to national security within
any host country, over and above the role of CWC officials or private
security. The Deputy Prime Minister stated that the authority of the police
was a fundamental element of national law that could not be ignored.
    She added that there will be dialogue with CWC officials to ensure that
such action will not be repeated.

    Rose Blenman
    (246) 826-2351

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