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Cops arrest man for threatening PM’s family on Facebook

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Rayad Mohammed is escorted to the San Fernando Police Headquarters last night by Cpl Vinelle Bassarath, legal officer at the Fraud Squad. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

Rayad Ryan Mohammed, the man who attacked the family of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in a Facebook post on Friday was taken into police custody last night. Investigators could not say under what laws Mohammed would be charged.

Mohammed was brought to the Fraud Squad unit at the San Fernando Police Headquarters after 8.40 pm by a party of officers led by Supt Totaram Dookie.

Senior investigators said once investigations are complete, a file will be sent to Director of Public Prosecutions before charges are laid. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said Mohammed could be charged under the Cyber Crime Act but senior police said this is unlikely.

“The matter is still being investigated and we cannot say for certain under what act Mohammed will be charged,” one officer said.

He said that Mohammed may have committed an offence of inciting someone to commit violence against the family of an office holder.

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams did not answer his cellular phone for a second consecutive day and could not be reached for comment on the matter. Mohammed, of Rio Claro, came under fire after he made a Facebook post saying, “Someone should find ROWLEY daughter and wife and slit their throats n rape them.”

It was an apparent response to the gruesome double murder of Hafeeza Rose Mohammed, 56, and Videsh Subar, 13, in Malabar, last Wednesday. Following the post, Mohammed deleted his Facebook account but later apologised for his comments saying he was upset about the state of crime.

“What I meant with that post was that only when someone who is of rank or their family gets that then maybe they will do something about crime,” Mohammed explained.