Deputy Prime Minister Condor made an appearance at the Prime Minister’s most-recent Monthly Press Conference which was held on 13th April, 2011 at the Parliamentary Lounge, Government Headquarters.
At that session, Condor fielded questions from the media concerning the security of the nation and the crime situation past and present. Condor was asked by a member of the local press corps about the witness protection programme in light of the fact that many persons have expressed their fear of giving information to the police or providing evidence in a court of law because of possible reprisals.
The National Security Minister explained that while the witness protection programme exists, it needs to be broadened which will require resources. This, he said, poses a problem as resources are limited.
“That is something that is ongoing. I am sure you are aware a witness protection programme is a really sophisticated, high-level organisation. To some extent we are providing that but it is not what it should be and so if we are to get maximum cooperation and support from the public, we would have to improve on that. That is going to take resources and like I said earlier, that is a major constraint.
“But we believe that there is one way to go and we are trying to emphasize and focus on that to improve that. We believe that that would assist greatly with solving a number of our crimes. People are really fearful of what would happen to them…”
Condor said he has approached Cabinet about the matter and will continue doing so, in ensuring that every attempt is made to address this serious issue.
“I’ve been speaking to the Cabinet about that and I am going to do more of that to see if we could get some overseas assistance. But some of that is happening already, well you can’t be aware of all that is happening but some of that is happening already. You are quite right, it is a way of assisting in terms of getting the people to give evidence to get a higher level of conviction of these cases. So we are aware of that and we are doing everything to make sure that we could do that.”