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Trinidad’s police commissioner warns persons against harbouring escapees

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM
Gary Griffith - Contributed photo

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Police Commissioner Gary Griffith Monday brushed aside comments made on social media by two escape prisoners warning those harbouring them that they too face prosecution.

Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findley, who were among eight prisoners that escaped from the Golden Grove Prison last Wednesday, have released a video on Facebook claiming that they had been set up on the murder charges they face.

They have also called for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Senior Counsel Roger Gaspard, to help them with their plight, claiming that they are not armed and dangerous.

Speaking on a television programme, Griffith warned persons aiding and abetting the prisoners that they too were guilty of an offence and that while the escapees had a right to claim their innocence it is for the criminal justice system and not social media to decide.

“Nothing has changed. It is right of the individuals to claim their innocence. That is going to be decided not by WhatsApp, social media or the Commissioner of Police but by the criminal justice system and that is how it would take place.

“But what I do find very interesting is the situation whereby the individuals have some degree of support by other individuals who seem to be guiding them accordingly. And I will pursue these individuals because I see them as enemies of the State at this time.

“They are fugitives and those individuals who are aiding and abetting these escaped fugitives they will also be hunted down because they are also committing a crime,” Griffith said.

Crime Stoppers has issued a TT$50,000 reward for the capture of the men and Griffith said he would consider liaising with the organization  to double the reward.

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