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PLP Leader, Phillip Davis Lashes Out At Prime Minister Over PLP Arrests

Bahamas, July 26, 2017 – Nassau – In a strongly worded letter address to Prime Minister, Dr. Hurbert Minnis, Opposition leader Phillip Davis lashed out at the recent arrests of three Progressive Liberal Party politicians.

In the letter, which was written on July 18 and has since been leaked to the press, Mr. Davis voices his frustrations with the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) criminal probes.

“What goes around, comes around. And let me hasten to add that that is not a threat. It is an immutable law of the moral universe, one that is sometimes expressed in these words: when you set out to dig a grave for your enemy, dig two”, he said.

The letter, which was also sent to Attorney General Carl Bethel and National Security Minister Marvin Dames, also noted Mr. Davis protesting the treatment of Former PLP Senator Frank Smith, whom he felt should not have “spent a night in jail even after it had become unmistakably clear that there were no reasonable grounds for believing that he had committed any criminal offense whatsoever.”

Mr. Smith, also the Former Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, was arrested and held in police custody overnight in late May in connection with a theft probe from the government agency, police said at the time.

Eight other people were also arrested over the course of the investigation, however, no one was ever charged. Assistant Commissioner Paul Rolle later stated that police closed the investigation into the matter and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Mr. Davis ended the letter with an invitation to Dr. Minnis to meet “as soon as possible, as your convenience, to discuss how public confidence in our system of law and order and in the police as our impartial protectors can be better secured.”

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