Minister Kirindongo concerned about recent criminal events

POSTED: 09/7/16 10:02 AM

St.maarten – Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo expressed in a press release his deepest concern about “the criminal events that took place over the last few days and which unfortunately had some fatalities.” The minister extended sincere words of condolence to the family members of the deceased.

Last Wednesday, Omar Jones was shot to death in his cell in the Pointe Blanche prison. On Sunday morning Alrico Dolphin was shot in front of his house on the Soursop Road. On Friday Doniel Darryl Thomas was shot in his leg in St. Peters.

The minister “assured the entire community that all departments within the justice ministry and mainly the police department along with the prosecutor’s office and the French authorities have been working tirelessly and very close with each other in these ongoing investigations.”

“Releasing any details at this time,” the minister said, “would be detrimental to these investigations, which are in the early stages. There are many rumors circulating regarding these incidents, but it is not to the benefit of these investigations to release any information at this time.”

The minister is asking the community to cooperate with the authorities by granting them the opportunity to conduct in depth investigations and in doing so be able to take those responsible off the streets and to bring them to justice.

The minister finally stated that it is unfortunate that these incidents happened and warned that “anyone who uses this situation for any political reasons does not have the best interest of Country Sint Maarten at heart.”

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