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Grenada’s Former Prime Minister calls for Calm

St. George’s, Grenada – Former Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, commenting on the events following the death of Mr. Oscar Bartholomew said, “No one could deny the pain and disappointment the nation is justly feeling at this time as the country continues to witness an outpouring of emotions from the people especially the residents of St David, over the death of Mr. Oscar Bartholomew on December 27th under tragic circumstances.” Dr Mitchell continue by saying, ” While no amount of sympathy, no amount of tribute will bring back Mr. Bartholomew to us, we must give his wife, children, his mother and other family members, relatives and friends all the support as they mourn. As a party, we will continue to stand with them during this difficult time.”

Being mindful of the expressions of deep passion and anxiety displayed by many who have been directly or indirectly affected by the death, He commented “We take this moment to call on all concerned for calm, to exercise restraint and allow an independent investigation to be conducted free from all pressures. As a Christian people we must all be reminded that this incident is a tragedy for the country, a tragedy for the family of Oscar Bartholomew and a tragedy for the young police officers who are accused and their immediate family.”

Dr. Mitchell is also appealing to the general public during this period of mourning to refrain from maligning and attacking the Royal Grenada Police Force as an organization. He said the RGPF regardless of the current circumstances is still the organization responsible for our security, defense and the protection of our democracy.

The Former Prime Minister again appeals to all concern especially the Prime Minister and Minister for National Security to ensure that an independent and transparent investigation is conducted.

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