Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

STANDING GUARD: Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force stand guard in the La Horquetta area during a walkabout by heads and personnel of the country’s security services to launch Operation Strike Back II. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

National Security Minister Stuart Young yesterday called on the judiciary to work in tandem with the State in the fight against crime. While fully acknowledging that the separation of powers enshrined by the Constitution and legal system existed and will be maintained, Young did not hesitate to ask for “assistance” when asked by reporters how the State was going to ensure that justice would be received by persons affected by crimes.

Speaking outside the La Horquetta Police Station at the launch of Operation Strike Back II, Young said: “You would have heard the Commissioner of Police (Gary Griffith) and myself recently say words of frustration at certain occurrences. What I can say, is that our arm of the State will be doing all that it can do, in terms of gathering the intelligence, detecting the crimes, charging the persons, and bringing them before the courts. But, we need the judiciary to assist. So we’re asking them to assist.

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