|Cops probe Flying Squad report leaks |
By NALINEE SEELAL Saturday, April 26 2014
ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday ordered mandated Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deodath Dulalchan, to spearhead a probe to determine whether a criminal offence was committed and by whom, in the leaking of the Police Service and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) reports into the new Flying Squad.
The reports were leaked to Opposition PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi and the reporter of a daily newspaper. Yesterday, Williams told Newsday, “this probe is based on the issue of disclosure of confidential information. I am not saying there has been disclosure, but we are seeking to find out and will decide if a criminal offence has been committed and by whom.”
Newsday understands a team of officers will assist Dulalchan in the probe and will entail officers interviewing Senator Al-Rawi as well as the journalist and others who may have had access to the report.
Those persons include an unnamed Senior Counsel attorney, the person who typed the report, persons who edited the report, persons who compiled the report, persons who were in receipt of the report among others.
Head of the PCA Gillian Lucky had stated at a Joint Select Committee of Parliament that it was not a confidential document. However, this was rubbished by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who quoted the PCA Act which stated, “Under the Police Complaints Authority Act, the law states that any evidence and information evidence and information the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) obtained, deems it to be confidential.” The AG further claimed that if the document was not confidential as stated by Lucky, he wanted to know why she did not share it with the Parliament, the Government and all media houses.
The contents of the report were first made public by Senator Al-Rawi in the Senate when he referred to the report of the police service on the Flying Squad.
The AG further reiterated yesterday that if there was a breach of confidential information, it was a criminal offence with a punishment of a five-year jail term and a fine.
On Thursday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard made it clear he did not leak any report to anyone.
He made it clear his sole concern was getting on with the business of examining the contents of the report, and he had no further comment to make to the media.