Lucky wants info on CoP plane deal
6 matters under investigation:
THE POLICE Complaints Authority (PCA) is calling for anyone with pertinent information relating to the decision by top cop Dwayne Gibbs to lease a light aircraft to come forward.
Chairman Gillian Lucky made the call yesterday as she gave updates on six matters being investigated by the PCA.
On January 27, Opposition Member of Parliament Donna Cox raised the issue of the $902,772 contract between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and Zenith Air Scout Surveillance Aircraft.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar produced a letter from Solicitor General Eleanor Donaldson Honeywell, which concluded that Gibbs acted “without authority” in the award of the contract.
The Police Service Commission (PSC), the body which is responsible for the Police Commissioner and his deputies, has launched an investigation into the matter.
The PCA has started to “gather evidence” in relation to the controversial contract, Lucky said yesterday.
“We recognise the role the Police Service Commission is playing and, therefore, we are gathering evidence. We have written to entities, individuals and bodies, asking for information which we consider relevant in our determination as to whether there was any impropriety in the action or actions of the Commissioner of Police and the deputy commissioner,” Lucky said.
Lucky said the PCA has also received six formal complaints from workers from Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) who have claimed police brutality by police officers at the strike camp outside the company’s Claxton Bay compound.
In relation to the execution of a search warrant at Newsday, Lucky said only two official complaints have been made.
Those complaints are from the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) and the Congress of the People (COP), Lucky said.
The police killing of George Ashby in 2009 and last year’s police killing of Santa Cruz residents Nkosi Borde, Nigel Eminess, and Hayden Honore are still being investigated, Lucky said.