The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is toying with the idea of releasing photos of two members of the Special Branch of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) engaged in acts of espionage against the party, which was heavily defeated in the February 19 general elections.
The threat was made by Shane Ross, Assistant General Secretary of NDC for the Southern Zone and executive member of the South St. George Constituency branch.
Ross appeared alongside Deputy Political Leader, Nazim Burke and Halim Abdulwali, Chairperson for the St George South Constituency Branch to address reporters on the issue surrounding the Special Branch officers.
The NDC executive member Ross, characterised the acts of the officers as despicable behaviour but warned that the NDC will not be intimidated by such acts against the party.
“We are not afraid of intimidation, trust me. If it is their intention to intimidate us tell them it will have a different effect. In fact we are motivated. When coming to intimidate us physiologically and otherwise by coming to spy on our meetings, trust me, we are not going to back down, we are going to stand up and fight as the NDC”, he said.
According to Ross, the strategy was not to force the police officers to leave the meeting but to allow them to remain for the entire proceedings.
“We saw them, we knew they were there, but we were smarter than them because we have specially trained people who were in that meeting and we planned how we were going to deal with them and we (were) successful in dealing with them. Maybe later on down the road you all might hear about it”, he told reporters.
Ross and some other members of the NDC branch in the south were active members of the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution and were exposed to military training.
The political activist said he would like to hear a response to this development by former NDC members Glynis Roberts, Peter David, Arley Gill, Karl Hood, Michael Church and Joseph Gilbert – some of whom are now enjoying close political association with the rival New National Party (NNP) outfit.
Ross disclosed that photos were taken of the two officers at the South meeting and might be distributed to social media and others depending on a decision of the executive of the party.
The Chairperson for the St George South Constituency Branch also addressed the meeting.
In the face of claims from some quarters in the country that the Special Branch officers should have been put out of the meeting, Griffith said he would take full responsibility for allowing them to remain in the meeting
According to the NDC official, he was merely extending an NDC courtesy to the lawmen.
“I was completely distraught with the presence of the police at the meeting, but however I choose not to throw them out and I take full responsibility for that because I knew before the meeting started that they were there, but you see rather than respond in panic, I thought it was best to let’s see what they are up to so we allowed them to sit throughout the meeting not because we were afraid of them but we just wanted to extend our NDC courtesy to the police,” he told the media.
“…In our meetings we are always open. My position is that we have nothing to hide, but because we respect the constitution which gives us the right to operate and have meetings and not be molested or be intruded by members of the security branch forces who should be (there) if ever to protect us rather than to intrude and try to create confusion”, he said.
The NDC faced a similar “Police Spy Case” situation on February 26, 2008 on Lucas Street involving a member of the Special Services Branch, under the watch of then spy chief, Superintendent Anthony De Gale.
Police Officer 77 Kelon Noel was apprehended while secretly recording a closed door meeting in the lead up to the July 8, 2008 General Election.
He was allegedly caught after placing a tape-recorder underneath the window of an adjacent building where a session of the National Executive of Congress was in progress to discuss among other things matters relating to the upcoming poll.
Noel subsequently claimed that some senior executive members of the party beat him and civil lawsuits were filed against nine members of the NDC including Burke, Arley Gill and Joe Gilbert.
No criminal charges were laid against the executive members.
However, civil charges were filed against the NDC members in the names of former Attorney General Elvin Nimrod for special damages and false imprisonment for $1,000.00 and $1,650.00 for the Special Branch officer.
Trinidadian Lawyer, Ramesh Maharaj was retained to represent the police officer.
Since its defeat at the polls in February, the NDC has been conducting regular constituency branch meetings to regain the confidence of the electorate and to attract newcomers to the party.
THE NEW TODAY understands that a final decision has not been taken to determine whether or not the photos of the alleged “spy officers” of the branch should be released to the media for publication.