Ambassador Of The Federal Republic Of Germany Dr. Lutz Gorgens Letter To Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves In The Wake Of The Tragic Death Of A German National

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has received a letter from the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Lutz Gorgens, in the wake of the tragic death of a German national here last Friday.

Police say 49-year-old German Accountant Martin Griff was attacked by unknown assailants on a yacht at Walliabou on Friday, March 4th.

According to the Police, he sustained a gunshot wound to his throat and succumbed to his injuries.

In a letter to Prime Minister Gonsalves, dated March 7th, Ambassador Gorgens expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for reaching out personally to the family of Mr. Griff and other victims, and ensuring that they could all be flown to Martinique on the same day.

Ambassador Gorgens wished the local Police Force success in bringing the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

He also expressed the hope that the shared grief between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Germany would contribute to further deepening of the solidarity of both nations in good and bad days.

In addition to investigating the murder of Mr. Griff, the Police said they are also investigating the attempted murder of Reinhold Zeller, a 63-year-old Sea Captain of Germany, which also occurred on the yacht at Walliabou last Friday Mr. Zeller sustained a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, after he too was attacked on the yacht, by the unknown assailants.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who holds the National Security portfolio condemned the shooting death of the German tourist noting that it is a terrible stain on the image of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.