Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves, Thursday night, urged the assailant who threw an object resulting in Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves being injured in the head, to turn himself in.
The finance minister, who is also the prime minister’s son, said that there is video footage of the incident.
He further said that he believes it would go better for assailant if they turn themselves in to law enforcement.
“I want to ask the assailant — the assailant isn’t listening to me but I hope the Honourable Leader of the Opposition repeats my request because the assailant would listen to him. I’m going to ask the assailant to go to a lawyer and to turn yourself in,” the finance minister said in an update on the prime minister’s condition after the injury.
“There is video footage of your making your attempt on the prime minister. I sincerely believe it will go better for you, if you go and get a lawyer and turn yourself in,” the finance minister further said, noting that Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, and opposition senator Israel Bruce are lawyers.
“I am sure they would be happy to guide you,” the finance minister said.
“I would like the assailant, with great respect, to try to put this episode behind us.”
He further called on supporters of the ruling Unity Labour Party, which the prime minister heads, “to act with restraint and not to take the bait and respond to this act of provocation.
“We are standing on a precipice and we are looking into an abyss and this thing can go sideways very quickly, very easily and I want to call on the supporters of the Unity Labour Party to refrain from any retaliatory act and that we return to the peaceable, loving people that we are in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, notwithstanding this aberration.”
The finance minister told Parliament that the prime minister will be flown to Barbados for magnetic resonance imaging to help to determine the extent of his injuries.