Guy Mayers, Saint Lucia’s former National Security Minister, has stressed the importance of proper collaboration among security forces in the Islands, following the escape of a suspected terrorist who was being held under house arrest in Martinique.
Saint Lucia Police yesterday announced that they were on high alert after Moroccan, Rachid Rafaa went missing in Martinique from the northern town of Morne Rouge where he was under police surveillance.
Mayers asserted that information sharing among the Islands becomes critical so that people can be monitored and arrested.
“That is where the Regional Security System comes into play so that they can assist in making sure that even as people move from one Island to the other under the cover of darkness to conduct their crimes, information sharing becomes critical,” Mayers told reporters.
He noted that the borders of the islands are porous and asserted that persons can easily slip from one Island to the next.
“Because of our porous borders, a person can land in one of the Islands and take a small ferry to Saint Lucia, Grenada, Dominica and in one day – overnight, they can move from one Island to the other very quickly without any restriction,” the former Minister said.
Rachid Rafaa, who was placed under house arrest, escaped on Wednesday 27 July 2016. .
Accused of being an important member of Al-Qaïda, Rafaa is a computer specialist accused by Moroccan authorities of using the internet to spread terrorist propaganda.
In May 2014, he was sent to Martinique where he has been under police surveillance.