Monday, August 4, 2014

Police brutality a national shame

Minister Jean Paul Adam should be ashamed to have gone on national television to denounce the recent Human Rights report issued by the US Department of State. With people still fuming over government’s rejection of the report which is a true and understated reflection of the human rights situation in the country, the police has committed one of the most atrocious crime against the citizens of Seychelles.

It was on Monday that Jean Paul David happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police, more precisely the PSSW (Public Security Support Wing), raided the area where Jean Paul happened to be. Jean Paul recounts that shots were fired and people were running in all directions. He was caught and beaten up without any questions asked and left on the ground where he was picked up and transported to Seychelles Hospital. Jean Paul could not even speak until the following day as he had lost several teeth and his gum had to be stitched. One knee has been severely lacerated. On talking to our journalist, Jean Paul confirmed that he can identify his attackers though he does not know their names. At the time of going to press, he remained Police brutality a national shame hospitalized.

The Public Security Support Wing under the command of Assistant Superintendent Romano Songoire behaves like a terrorist organization; inflicting fears into the citizens rather than provide public security and support. In fact it deserves the name of Public Insecurity squad. They are known to ask no questions and take no prisoners. As the paramilitary force of the police, those undisciplined, trigger happy and ill clad hooligans fire more shots in public than the regular armed forces of the country; all against their fellow citizens. It is a national catastrophe.

As Minister for Internal Affairs, Joel Morgan has rid the force of the experienced officers and replaced them with novices simply because the former commanders of the force could talk some sense into him. Obedient Romano Songoire has no paramilitary training background and the service time required to command a force with such a delicate and crucial role to play in the maintenance of law and order. It is only a matter of time before the life of an innocent citizen is taken away by those thugs. Joel Morgan must conduct a public enquiry into the incident.