Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Warner file with DPP

After three years and much back and forth between the police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the police investigation into the 2011 cash-for-votes affair involving this country’s former minister of National Security and disgraced ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is now complete and with DPP Roger Gaspard.

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams told the Express yesterday, the police have completed their investigations into the bribes-for-votes corruption allegations against the Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West and the file is now with DPP Gaspard.

He said he was unable to share the findings contained in the police probe report but noted the police had done their part in completing the investigation and the matter is now before the DPP. Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Glenn Hackett also confirmed the police file has been passed to Gaspard.

Reached for comment on the current state of the 2011 investigation which led to Warner’s ouster from the world football governing body, Gaspard said he did receive a file but his recall was somewhat different and involved “oral advice” given to the police. Gaspard said he would get back to the Express but up to press time he had not called or responded to any of several phone call-backs or messages.

And while new revelations by the Sunday Times have named Warner as a beneficiary of alleged kickbacks from former Qatar Football Association president, Mohamed bin Hammam, the Integrity Commission which is probing multiple allegations of wrongdoing by Warner is still waiting for President Anthony Carmona to act on its request to appoint a tribunal to enquire whether there has been full disclosure by the sitting Member of Parliament.

Chairman of the Integrity Commission (IC)  Ken Gordon, in a brief comment yesterday, said, “We are still waiting.”

 The IC had written to President Carmona in January asking that a tribunal be appointed to “verify the contents of the declaration” filed with the commission, and also to investigate the findings of fraud and financial mismanagement made by a Concacaf-commissioned Integrity Committee, headed by former chief justice of Barbados  Sir David Simmons.

President Carmona is on an official week-long visit to Argentina. He returns home on Saturday.