Partap to appear in court today
FIVE months after he allegedly failed to submit himself to a breathalyser test, former minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap is scheduled to appear in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court today.
Partap was charged via summons early last month by Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams following directions by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC.
He is accused of failing to provide a breath specimen to police officers outside the Zen nightclub, Keate Street, Port of Spain, on August 25, when he was stopped for activating the siren and blue swivel lights on the Government-owned SUV.
The evidence gathered by investigators was forwarded to Gaspard in November, but was returned to them several days later as it was missing "critical pieces of information." It was only after reviewing the completed files early last month that Gaspard ordered the charge to be laid.
Checks revealed yesterday that the police file was yet to be submitted to the Office of the DPP for a State attorney to be assigned to prosecute the case.
Partap, who is also the Member of Parliament for Cumuto/Manzanilla, is scheduled to appear before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Eighth Court at 9 a.m.