Hink­son: Favours at ports must stop

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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.

(Pic­tures by Reco Moore)

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gra­ham Hus­bands speak­ing yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs Ed­mund Hink­son.

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