Hinkson: Favours at ports must stop
The days of people doing favours for friends conducting business at Barbados’ ports of entry needs to end.
Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson said yesterday it could be a form of corruption leading to dangerous and illegal practises, such as the importation of drugs and guns.
Hinkson was responding to concerns raised by Superintendent Graham Husbands of the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who suggested the need for more scanners at the Bridgetown Port, while also admitting there have been incidents where contraband has been shipped through the Post Office.
“We’ve had guns come in the Post Office that were shipped from overseas and we were able to trace some of them . . .,” Husband noted.
He made these comments following Hinkson’s address at the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit meeting at Savannah Beach Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church, yesterday.
For national security reasons, Hinkson said he could not comment on the installation of scanners at the Port but he did say there were too many breaches in the country.
“When we now ease someone as the Superintendent said, with people willing to ease you, your luggage or your possessions coming into Barbados from being searched . . . that is unacceptable because that may be very well how they (drugs, guns) are coming in.
“The guns are coming in from somewhere and we have to accept that. They are not falling from heaven . . . . I could only urge all of us to do our best and not to be subject to corruption or bribery and, as you’ve said, bribery doesn’t always take the form of real cash being passed, although that happens too,” Hinkson added.
Superintendent Graham Husbands speaking yesterday.
Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson.