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Officials In Discussion With Us Over Crime In The Bahamas

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Prime Minister Perry Christie

By NICO SCAVELLA

Tribune Staff Reporter

nscavella@tribunemedia.net

OFFICIALS are engaged in “certain discussions” with US diplomats about crime and the country’s gang problem, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

When asked about the United States Embassy in Nassau’s recent ban on its employees using Jet Ski rentals in the capital due to alleged sex crimes, Mr Christie said both National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage and US Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson were at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) headquarters in Washington, DC, meeting with officials to discuss crime issues.

Mr Christie said officials would also be engaging in discussions “that are all going to be relevant to what we do here in The Bahamas with respect to gangs, what we do with respect to crime.”

On Tuesday, the embassy said it has prohibited its employees from using Jet Ski rentals in New Providence, saying the water sports industry is “minimally regulated.” Days after an American woman was allegedly raped by a man riding a Jet Ski at Cabbage Beach, the embassy also advised American citizens not to patronize Jet Ski operators in New Providence as it also warned US citizens living in or travelling to the Bahamas to “be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being victims of crime.”

When questioned yesterday on the matter, Mr Christie said: “Dr Nottage and the charge d’affaires are now, yesterday and today, at the FBI headquarters in Washington where they are reviewing certain matters that will be important to what we do in the Bahamas.”

The most recent alleged sexual attack occurred on Saturday. Police said an American woman was on Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island around 5pm, when a man on a Jet Ski allegedly raped her.

A 29-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

Weeks earlier, in December 2015, police arrested a Jet Ski operator in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female visitor. That incident also happened near Cabbage Beach.

In a statement on Tuesday, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin responded by stating that the government has a “zero tolerance” policy as it relates to the industry. She further stressed that the alleged attacker in the latest incident was not a licensed Jet Ski operator.

Comments

John 3 years, 11 months ago

Sometimes we have to separate the problems that are world wide from the problems caused by the ineptitude of our government. Crime, including murder, is up in every major city in the US. In Jamaica murders are up by 21%. But in the US unemployment is down to 5% and predictions are that there will be a shortage of skilled and qualified workers by mid year. Here unemployment still hovers around 18%. Gas prices are down and under $2.00 in many states and still falling. Here gas prices has dropped less than a dollar and electricity prices are still the highest in the region. A gallon of milk costs $3.99 in the US and here it costs over $8.00. And if that is too much and you need something to calm your nerves : A 40 oz od Hennessy is advertised in the US for $19.99. Here it costs $43.00 with VAt

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TruePeople 3 years, 11 months ago

notice those price comparison and tell me we ein got a teefing culture. bey like erryone dem is teefin one way or the next, not just the bey whose put the gun on ya

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