National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has expressed concern for the safety of his wife and children following a handwritten threat from an an anonymous letter writer.
Francis, a former Deputy Police Commissioner, disclosed Wednesday that the writer threatened in the letter to shoot him, his wife and his children.
“It is really unfortunate that persons would resort to this type of things, but as I have said, I am not one to bother. I spent thirty-five years in the police force and every day receiving a threat. But I have a wife and I have kids, so that is my concern – not for me, my wife and kids,” Francis told reporters Wednesday.
He said if the police are able to identify the writer of the letter then the individual will be prosecuted.
Francis said he received the letter in the mail.
“I found this unsavoury note indicating that I wanted to hang people in Saint Lucia and I should use the rope on myself and that they are going to be shooting my wife and my children,” the minister stated.
He said the matter has been reported to the police.
But he declared that he is not ‘fazed’ by the threat.
“When you are doing something right, persons are now being intimidated and they try to make you back off, but that is just going to make me renew my energies in doing what I am supposed to do,” Francis observed.
“I think it is not necessary to do these sorts of things. We have all the radio stations, the television stations – if you want to voice your opinion about something that you think is not correct, then you do that. It is a democracy and we have to listen to everybody,” the minister stated.
He asserted that persons may not be in favour of the policies of the government, which gives the administration an opportunity to provide explanations and help persons to understand why certain policies are implemented.
“This goes with the territory,” the minister said of the threatening letter.