Investigator has one month to probe leak
By Sasha Harrinanan Monday, April 28 2014
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Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) Stephen Williams....
ACTING Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deodath Dulalchan has been given one month to complete his report on an investigation to determine if a criminal offence was committed, and by whom, in the leaking of reports by the Police Service and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) into the new “Flying Squad”.
The update came from Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP), Stephen Williams, yesterday afternoon during a telephone interview with Newsday.
“I have given ACP Dulalchan a time line of May 23 for completion of the report, or at the very least, submission of a progress report on the matter by that date,” Williams stated.
The order to spearhead a probe was given by the Acting CoP last Friday, April 25, approximately two weeks after Opposition Senator, Faris Al-Rawi, disclosed portions of the PCA report while speaking in Parliament.
Speaking with Newsday last Friday, Williams said the police probe was “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 was reliably informed Dulalchan would be assisted in his investigation by a team of officers.
Al-Rawi and the journalist who published a story based on the leaked report are among those set to be interviewed on the matter.
Anyone who may have had access to the report will also be questioned, including the unnamed Senior Counsel attorney retained by the PCA, the person who typed the report, persons who edited the report, persons who compiled the report and persons who were in receipt of the report.
Calls to the mobile phone of PCA Director, Gillian Lucky, went unanswered yesterday afternoon.
Lucky has been quoted as saying that while the PCA would cooperate with the police probe, as of Saturday, “the PCA has not been officially informed about the investigation into the leak of the PCA report dealing with the existence of the New Flying Squad.”
The PCA and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), senior counsel Roger Gaspard.