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Mar 4, 2020

“You can never be informed quickly enough” – Mike Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte

While the B.D.F. effected its internal protocols to confirm that all four men had indeed perished in the crash before notifying their respective next of kin of the tragedy, it is facing serious criticism that the information could have been passed on in a more timely manner. In the case of Jasmin Choco, her tenacity in attempting to locate her husband after he went missing for more than twenty-four hours is what brought her to the unfortunate conclusion that he died in the crash when she saw a post on social media.  Following today’s funeral in Big Falls, we asked Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte if things could have been handled differently by way of a military liaison.


Isani Cayetano

“Do you believe, sir, that perhaps the manner in which the communication of this particular tragedy to the next of kin, the relative families, could have been dealt with in another way considering the fact that there seems to be an overwhelming sentiment that the BDF may have fallen short in terms of duly informing these families?”


Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security

“Well all of us will find that out on Tuesday when we do the media press.  As a parent, as a spouse, you can never be informed quickly enough and we did not want to jump the gun.  The BDF has a structure, the military has a structure and they wanted to be sure that these persons were deceased, that they could properly be identified and only then they would give an official indication to the family members.  All military personnel give an indication to the BDF as to who they want to be contacted in the event of a tragedy and I am told that every attempt was made to do that, who they wanted to be contacted.  But nevertheless, if your child or spouse or brother, whoever dies, especially in an accident like that, no time that they inform you would be quick enough and so I understand the families’ pain, I understand their frustration, but at the same time we beg of them to trust us that we will have a full-fledged report as to what happened.  And as Admiral Borland said, if there was negligence in any way then whoever is culpable will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law possible.  So we do not take lightly the passing of four elite members of our security forces and we ask the family to trust that we will have a thorough investigation that would at least have them get some closure as to what happened out there.”

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