|PCA denies ‘leaking’ Flying Squad report |
By Nalinee Seelal Monday, April 14 2014
A report on the alleged existence of a New Flying Squad has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is calling on an Opposition Senator to say how he became in possession of its report he read to Parliament, earlier this month.
In a statement yesterday, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) said pursuant to its functions under s.21 of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Act, Chapter 15: 05, it undertook inquiries and gathered evidence concerning the alleged existence of a New Flying Squad.
“Upon completion of these functions, a Report was prepared and delivered to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Friday 28th February, 2014,” the PCA, of which Gillian Lucky is director.
The PCA statement said, just over one month of its report to the DPP, on April 8, during a publicly televised parliamentary session, a Member of the Senate indicated that he was in possession of the Reports of both the PCA and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), pertaining to the subject matter of the alleged existence of the New Flying Squad.
The statement said the comments made by the Senator as it related to the PCA’s report were inaccurate on several counts.
Opposition Senator Faris Al Rawi in his contribution to the Finance Bill at the Senate sitting yesterday, spoke of the two reports, alleging that there was evidence to support claims by retired police officer Mervyn Cordner that there was a New Flying Squad in existence.
Al Rawi said the reports suggested that criminal offences should be contemplated by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for acts committed with respect to the Flying Squad such as the acquisition of vehicles and the rental of properties.
The PCA in its statement yesterday said in accordance with the PCA Act, it could only make recommendations or forward its findings to the respective office holders vested with decision making powers—in this instance, the DPP.
“The PCA is greatly concerned that public comments made on the matter have placed highly sensitive information in the public domain while deliberations are still on-going. The PCA has a clear understanding of all the complexities surrounding this matter and will not, at this stage, respond to the comments of the Honourable Senator nor shall it make any remarks on the content of the newspaper article dealing with the TTPS and PCA reports,” the statement said.
It also categorically stated that at no time did it furnish a copy of its Report to any media house, media personnel or Member of Parliament.
“It is therefore a matter for the Honourable Senator to explain the means through which he came into possession of the PCA’s Report and the inaccuracies read into the Hansard on Tuesday April 8, 2014,” the PCA said.