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Media practitioner demands protection after being threatened in court

  • Written by  The Grenada Informer
Media practitioner demands protection after being threatened in court

Popular radio talk show host, Kem Jones is calling on the Commissioner of Police Winston James and the Minister of National Security, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, to ensure his safety, in light of what he interprets as threats against him by an associate of an accused policeman.

Jones told the Grenada Informer that he was by the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on Friday 24th July 2015 where Assistant Superintendent of Police Alston Alexander, who has been accused of potential criminal activities within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), was being arraigned.

According to Jones he had visited the court to discover what charges would be laid against the officer for the alleged wrongdoing. He said after the accused (Alexander) was charged, an individual that appeared to be accompanying the accused and whom he was told is a relative of the accused, proceeded to shoot his photo and that of a colleague adjacent to him. Mr. Jones said they both called out to the camera wielding man and asked him why he was taking photo. His reply was “you go see”, you go see”.

Mr. Kem Jones said this utterance by the relative of Alston Alexander came across to him as a threat and he believes that it’s the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police, whose mandate is to protect and serve, to ensure that all citizens of the country are safe. Mr. Jones is also calling on Dr. Keith Mitchell, who is the Minister responsible for National Security, to ensure that everyone in Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique would feel safe to go about their own legitimate business especially persons within the field of journalism and the media fraternity.

According to Jones, he has the right to go to the court house to hear the charges that have been slapped on a public servant; one that is supposed to be protecting and serving, one who is supposed to be a law abiding citizen but instead is now accused of being a law breaker and violator of the public purse and betrayer of the trust that people have in him.

Jones said he went up to the court to do his job and while there a person who was identified as a relative of the accused man and bears a distinct resemblance to Alexander, issues what he perceived to be a threat and which came across in a serious way, therefore he’s calling for some form of investigation and also some form of protection.

Jones said the person that shot the photo of him must be known because he was in the company of the accused during the hearing at the court.

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