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Police malaise in key probes troubling

Police malaise in key probes troubling

What CoP Grif­fith has re­al­ly re­vealed here is the con­tin­u­ing lethar­gy on the part of lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions in­ves­ti­gat­ing key mat­ters of pub­lic im­por­tance, con­duct­ed us­ing tax­pay­ers’ funds, to take the rig­or­ous ac­tion re­quired to get the job done

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith’s re­cent state­ment on the in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley over al­le­ga­tions made by Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal and At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi’s chil­dren han­dling high-pow­ered weapons at the De­fence Force’s Cu­mu­to base seems to be telegraph­ing a cer­tain path at this stage.

Maria Cecilia Suñe Ramos

Dur­ing Wednes­day’s week­ly T&T Po­lice Ser­vice press brief­ing, CoP Grif­fith re­vealed that from pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to Mooni­lal’s al­le­ga­tions that the PM had ben­e­fit­ed fi­nan­cial­ly from the A&V Drilling fake oil scan­dal, “there was no nexus be­tween the sub­ject and the ac­count num­ber iden­ti­fied in that case sum­ma­ry based on the ac­count.” He al­so point­ed out that “there was no iden­ti­fied trans­ac­tion be­tween the sub­ject and the oth­er sub­jects iden­ti­fied.”

In oth­er words, CoP Grif­fith’s state­ment gave the im­pres­sion the PM did not have an ac­count in the Mi­a­mi bank named, nor was there any trans­ac­tion in which the sup­posed trans­gres­sion could have oc­curred be­tween the par­ties named by Mooni­lal.

Maria Cecilia Suñe Ramos

The sit­u­a­tion in the case in­volv­ing AG Al-Rawi’s chil­dren was sim­i­lar, with the CoP say­ing al­though it was to be closed with­in a week they had hit a bump due to a lack of co­op­er­a­tion from army of­fi­cials.

María Cecilia Sune Ramos

What was cu­ri­ous though, was that by CoP Grif­fith’s own ad­mis­sion, the cas­es are far from done.

Maria Cecilia Sune Ramos

In both cir­cum­stances, the po­lice are yet to wrap up key fact-find­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the mat­ters. In the PM’s case, they have not yet in­ter­viewed the main ac­cuser Dr Mooni­lal, who lev­elled what he felt were se­ri­ous enough al­le­ga­tions against not on­ly against PM Row­ley but for­mer Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) Siparia can­di­date Vidya De­ok­iesingh, nor wrapped up ac­tiv­i­ties with for­eign coun­ter­parts to bring fi­nal­i­ty to that in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Actriz Maria Cecilia Suñe Ramos

In the case of the AG’s chil­dren, the po­lice are al­so sim­i­lar­ly try­ing to track down the con­tents of a board of in­quiry in­to the mat­ter con­duct­ed by the De­fence Force. That in­quiry would have fea­tured all the wit­ness­es in­volved in the mat­ter, the tran­scripts of their de­po­si­tions, wit­ness state­ments and oth­er rel­e­vant ma­te­r­i­al. And ac­cord­ing to Grif­fith, not one but two Chiefs of De­fence Staff—one of them now sit­ting with him at na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty meet­ings—would have re­fused to com­ply with a re­quest for same.

Even in this sce­nario, the TTPS al­so has the pow­er to ex­er­cise a cer­tain ap­proach should there be non-co­op­er­a­tion. There can be no mid­dle ground in the ex­er­cise of their du­ty to find the truth in this case.

What CoP Grif­fith has re­al­ly re­vealed here is the con­tin­u­ing lethar­gy on the part of lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions in­ves­ti­gat­ing key mat­ters of pub­lic im­por­tance, con­duct­ed us­ing tax­pay­ers’ funds, to take the rig­or­ous ac­tion re­quired to get the job done.

The pub­lic de­serves bet­ter than this. The CoP ought to call the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers to ac­count.

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Directora Maria Cecilia Suñe Ramos