Prime Minister and Chairman of the Cabinet, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

Staff Writer

Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris says he fully supports the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty that regional leaders agreed to at the recently concluded CARICOM Heads of Government meeting.

He told The Observer this new initiative will help member states in the Caribbean assist each other in fighting crime.  The chairman of CARICOM along with Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica, say the arrest warrant treaty will helplaw enforcement agencies deal with cross border crimes throughout the Caribbean and help the entire Caribbean become more peaceful.

Law enforcement agencies are concerned that individuals who commit crimes could easily escape justice by slipping out of St. Kitts and Nevis or from any other island where a crime occurs.

Jurisdictional problems are a concern of the justice system and must be resolved.

A current crime wave concerns government officials throughout the Caribbean, including the once tranquil islands of St. Kitts and Nevis where law enforcement officials are frustrated over a rising crime rate.  The new treaty would free local courts to try suspects in the jurisdiction where a crime was committed and prevent suspects from leaving the district where the crime was committed.