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Rodney Moncur Tells Of Arrest

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

RODNEY Moncur, human rights activist, says he is relieved to have not been a victim of police brutality – which he believes is common – after his arrest over the weekend.

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Rodney Moncur

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, the former DNA hopeful said he was terrified of his well being after a senior Cyber Intelligence Unit officer took him into custody from his office at Market Street on Saturday morning.

According to Mr Moncur, authorities authorised his arrest after autopsy photographs of Jamie Smith, a man who died in police custody last month, and the buttocks of another man who claimed to have been beaten by police were posted on his Facebook page. The photos have since been removed, although Mr Moncur claimed to have no knowledge of how they were taken down.

Mr Moncur added that police accused him of “terrorising the nation and libelling the Royal Bahamas Police Force.” Police also believe that he broke into the Princess Margaret Hospital’s morgue sometime this month to take the pictures, Mr Moncur said.

“Every time that I was left alone in that room,” Mr Moncur said, “I prayed because just prior to him taking me in custody I was able to alert friends and colleagues that I was being taken.

“They held me for five hours and I did not eat. They offered me food and water but I did not take it because I was scared they would poison me.

“But I believe that somebody is being wicked. I wholelheartedly deny breaking into the morgue and I am too old to be breaking into PMH.”

Mr Mocur told The Tribune that had Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade asked him to remove the photos he would have. He insisted that his arrest was unwarranted.

When contacted, Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Bethel, said he was not able to speak on the matter after being posted at the CARIFTA games all weekend.

Comments

proudloudandfnm 1 year, 5 months ago

What the hell? Are we living in the Soviet Union??? I can see taking him in to be questioned but being arrested?!?!? This PLP government is starting to worry me. Bradley Roberts demanding our government stop a rate increase by shipping companies. PGC promising he could get a priovate company to give up control to the government. Now they arrest a man cause he posted pictures? With false accusations of breaking and entering? WHat kind of democracy is this?

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wave 1 year, 5 months ago

Well it was the Bahamian people who drank the PLP kool-aid, did you really think there would be a different outcome or they changed their ways? Please tell me you didn't think that!

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TalRussell 1 year, 5 months ago

Two matters my Comrades. How slack is the security over at the morgue that the police can even think someone may have entered and stolen photographs from the files in the morgue?

Now, have the red shirts forgotten how the media would blow up coverage of anyone even remotely connected to the PLP that was taken in for questioning and including being arrested for matters that seem to be more for the civil courts than the criminal?

Believe me had Comrade Rodney been a PLP The media would have splattered PLP all over the front pages but not one mention in the story that he is a DNA. How come?

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moncurcool 1 year, 5 months ago

If you read the second sentence in the story it mentions DNA very clear. Can we please grow up in this country and stop trying to make everything about politics. That era is dead. We now have enlightened people in the Bahamas.

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TalRussell 1 year, 5 months ago

Comrade Moncurcool when some of us remind the red shirts of their past I do understand it ain't a pretty thing. And, it's a great ting that The Tribune would even allow me to remind you red shirts, them being a bright red shirt themselves.

Let's just say by the time the polling booths start opening in 2017, we ought to make damn sure the Hubert regime is well remembered, for exactly what it was. The truth about their past cannot be allowed to sneak around the people

Still, I am the first to admit that the PLP has already taken a number of missteps that are hard not to remind Bahamians of their 2002-2007 mess-ups.

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wave 1 year, 5 months ago

“Missteps” now that an offaly polite way of sayin corrupt and all for me baby, rite mate.

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john33xyz 1 year, 5 months ago

The DNA had a candidate in every single constituency and not ONE was able to win. They only won 8% of the overall vote.

Does that mean that 92% of Bahamians are happy with the way things are? If so then we can't blame either government. They are giving the people what they want. If Bahamians were truly unhappy or felt oppressed by police or media or whoever, then certainly at least ONE seat would have went to a DNA candidate?

The conclusion? Bahamians love their Communist country just the way it is, so stop complaining ( or should I say "pretending" to complain ).

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jayt242 1 year, 5 months ago

You act as if it was only DNA against PLP. DNA and FNM together got more than half of the votes, but PLP was able to get more than FNM. I don't know the exact percentage. But when you think of it logically, less than half of the Bahamian population should be happy because less than half voted for PLP. Please calm down.

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