Friday, December 15, 2017

...AG wants investigation by Integrity Commission

 Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is calling on the Integrity Commission to investigate the leaking of the report of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) into the New Flying Squad Investigative Unit.

Ramlogan also stated that he has written to the Commissioner of Police “to formally ask for a formal police investigation into this leak which has the potential to compromise the integrity and independence of critical institutions of the State”.

In a release, issued after yesterday’s meeting of the Joint Select Committee, Ramlogan, who is not a member of the committee, said PCA director Gillian Lucky’s statement that the PCA report was not a confidential document “was shocking and confusing”. 

“This belated admission by Ms Lucky that the report is not confidential is troubling as Section 21 (4) of the PCA Act states that all information and evidence obtained by the PCA in the performance of its duties is confidential and it is a criminal offence for anyone to disclose such information, punishable by five years’ imprisonment. 

“If the report is not a confidential one that could be leaked to the PNM, why not simply give the Parliament, the Government and the media a copy?” the Attorney General asked.

He said it was difficult to reconcile Lucky’s statement that the report was not confidential with the PCA’s news  release, which had initially “criticised” PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi for “placing highly sensitive information in the public domain while deliberations are still ongoing”. 

Stating that Lucky suggested at the JSC meeting that Al-Rawi had access to the report of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on the Flying Squad, Ramlogan said Al-Rawi had repeated publicly and confirmed that both reports were in fact leaked to him.

 The Attorney General said Al-Rawi said he had both reports in the Senate, said it again in an interview with the Express, with TV6 and with CNC.

“The conflicting and contradictory postures from Senator Al-Rawi and Ms Lucky serve to reinforce the need for an investigation by senior officers in the Police Service who were not hitherto connected to this case. It is also a matter the Integrity Commission should investigate.”

 In the circumstances, Ramlogan said, he had written to the CoP for a formal investigation.

The Attorney General’s release did not say whether an investigation of the leaking of the report of the TTPS on the Flying Squad should be included in this probe by either the Commissioner of Police or the Integrity Commission.