Wiretapping legislation coming for Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday March 28, 2013 – Prime Minister, Dr.Keith Mitchell has sought to assure Grenadians that plans are in the making to have wiretapping legislation in place within a few months to assist with the fight against crime.

“The legislation will provide for wire tapping to only be done to assist in crimes related to drug trafficking, terrorism and other forms of criminal activities, it will never be for the use of monitoring people’s private life,” said Mitchell who is also the Minister of National Security.

While in opposition, Mitchell said there was evidence of wire tapping during the tenure of the Tilman Thomas led National Democratic Congress.

“The intention is not to get the police responsible for wiretapping anybody at their judgment, only a Judge will make that determination after the police would have presented a case on behalf of the state,” he said.

On Wednesday Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean indicated that some persons are still engaging in illegal wiretapping.

“In particular, my Government will not encourage or support any attempt to record private conversations and use them against citizens except for cases of criminality. Persons who engage in such practices as wiretapping will face and feel the full force of the law,” Sir Carlyle said when he delivered the Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)