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Human rights group condemns death threat against Bell

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 06, 2013

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A human rights group has condemned a death threat on the life of State Minister for National Security Keith Bell.

Elsworth Johnson, president of the Bahamas Human Rights Network (BHRN), issued a press release regarding the alleged threat that appeared on the social media site, Facebook.

Police expect to charge a man in connection with the post this week.

Johnson said, “Recently, it was alleged that threatening statement(s) were made against the life of Mr. Keith Bell, minister of state in the ministry of national security.

“It is unacceptable for any person or entity, whether within or external to this Commonwealth, to unlawfully threaten the life of any individual in The Bahamas, especially those who have sworn to protect the integrity and dignity of The Bahamas and the human person.

“BHRN, therefore, takes this opportunity to publicly condemn such an activity and calls on all persons in The Bahamas to recommit themselves to building a country where the sanctity and dignity of the person are respected and protected by the rule of law.”

Johnson said, “The entities responsible for protecting The Bahamas and all who reside herein are the minister of national security and the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

“This is indeed an onerous responsibility and BHRN, therefore, publicly commends the minister of national security and members of the police force for their commitment to such a patriotic and noble endeavor.”

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