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Suspected of robbery and assault

By Elizabeth Williams

SEVEN soldiers accused of robbery and assault in Tobago are under investigation, according to the Regiment's public affairs officer Sgt Joachim Hernandez.

Hernandez held a press briefing at Camp Signal Hill on Monday to respond to reports of robberies in Tobago committed by persons dressed in camouflage wear made in early February. From the investigation there is sufficient grounds, reasonable grounds to suspect involvement, however, no one has been charged at this point in time," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the Defence Force continues to conduct its own investigation into the matter, and admitted that some army officials have been sent back to Trinidad after being questioned. He said none of the suspects have been suspended from duty.

The findings of the investigation were sent to the Defence Force legal officer for his attention, Hernandez said. "It is a sad day when persons in uniform are accused of committing offences against the very persons, whom they have sworn to protect and serve," he said.

He said, however, the public can be rest assured that the Regiment was taking some corrective action in moving forward, as the organisation subscribes to due process of the law.

We are resilient in our resolve to combat any acts that may be committed by persons of the force and to ensure that these matters are resolved in the shortest possible time," he said.

The Regiment launched an investigation after reports of robbery and common assault were made by several men on February 11.

The men claimed they were beaten and robbed by men wearing camouflage uniforms in the villages of Mt St George, Lambeau and Bethel in Tobago.

Acting Inspector Sterling Roberts, who is assisting in the investigations of the matter, said the case was at a delicate stage and no information could be disclosed.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 30 at 7:28 AM

Why is Tbago not evolving and producing their own army.There is enough unused land in Tbago to build up training,facilities.Instead of allowing our young men and women run wild this should be a serious project,undertaken by the Goverment in Tobago.Keep going forward Tobago.STop beign so completely dependent on Trinidad.Especially when running for self -Goverment.Have we not learned enough to start our vandring to autonomy.

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Shame on you said on Friday, Mar 30 at 8:37 AM

What kind of banadits they have portraying like soldiers now? What a disgrace!

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 30 at 9:01 AM

If Tobago form there own Army,they would generate their own financial indepent income ,into the countries economy.

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Tobago Soldier said on Friday, Mar 30 at 11:45 AM

Send them to Aphganistan to support our allies

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jubz said on Monday, Apr 2 at 11:32 PM

One of my frens was a victim of these DOTISH good for NOTHING soldiers. If I find out who they are, I will slit their throats.

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citylimer said on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 10:09 PM

The best years of the Army for discipline was in the 60's to 69. After these years the Army's integrity started going down hill resulting in murder and kidnapping charges. The society on the whole has become lawless thus these young men are a microcosym of the society. It is most unfortunate that these young men are sullying the good name of both their serving peers and old soldiers. If found guilty give them 28 days DB and expulsion. Hylton Edwards, RSM Walker,Job, Doldron Alfonso,Debisette,Miles,Salandy,Leonce, Hazel,Julien Spencer Brigs Brown, Theodore, Sandy and the other soldiers - too many to mention you know who you are - who formed the Regiment in the 60's. In those days the Army was tops in every sport played in T&T. Hats off to these gallant old soldiers.

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the virginian said on Thursday, Apr 5 at 1:29 PM

Citylimer,check your apparent army bias at the door for a few minutes.I'm not being critical here,but why do you think Trinidad&Tobago needs a standing army?'Standing'is the operative word.A very robust standing coast guard corps and a reliable and incorruptible police force are certainly of utmost relevance.Suppose the standing army resources were diverted to the coast guard corps,police,health,education and infrastructure--roads,bridges,public transportation,water/sewerage and drainage,do you think the nation would be better served and why?

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