CoP Williams tight lipped on Ruth Marchan
Monday, July 28 2014
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ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday reported that he had not yet received a copy of the Finance Ministry audit into operations of the Life Sport programme, but expects that he will receive it within a few days.
“And then I will deal with it,” he said.
On Friday Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced in Parliament the termination of the programme following the damning audit that unearthed evidence of fraud, theft, links to persons involved in criminal activity and poor control by the Sport Ministry. She also announced that she had instructed Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to refer the report to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Integrity Commission, the Head of the Public Service and the Commissioner of Police.
Williams, speaking to Newsday yesterday in a brief telephone interview, said that he had not yet been given the report. “I do not normally expect that as a speech is made I would receive (a report). But I would assume in the next few days it will reach me,” he added.
Williams said until he receives the report he will not be able to say what will be the next step.
He was also questioned on whether Life Sport Deputy Director Ruth Marchan was under police protective custody as had been reported.
Williams responded: “I wouldn’t comment on the issues around Ms Ruth Marchan at this point”.
Marchan had reported receiving death threats and called for protection after her private bodyguard Curtis “Tall Man” Gibson was shot dead at his Malabar home last month.
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner had placed Marchan in a safe house and subsequently reported that she had been placed in police protective custody.