Trinidad and Tobago. In June, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar made an extensive government reform. She
created several new ministries at the same time as some
ministers were downgraded to less important posts and two
ministers were fired. The most notable change was that Jack
Warner, the former head of the FIFA International Football
Federation, was appointed new Minister of National Security.
He replaced Brigadier General John Sandy. According to
countryaah, Warner had left FIFA a year earlier after allegations of corruption, which
he rejected. He was former Minister of Labor, a post he got
when Persad-Bissessar formed government after the 2010
In October, the controversial security minister banned
the police from publishing statistics on the murders in the
country. Warner said that violence statistics can encourage
others to commit crimes. Police officials said they intended
to ignore the minister's call and continue with their duty
to inform the public about the crime in the country.
Warner's action was also heavily criticized by the
opposition. Drug-related crimes are a major problem in
Trinidad and Tobago, which has become an important
transhipment site for cocaine from South America.