THERE is no hold-up in the presentation of a file to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard on the incident involving former minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has said.
A thorough investigation is being done into the matter and Williams said he will not "prosecute the matter in the public domain" despite constant nagging by the media.
Williams made the statements as he addressed the weekly police news briefing at the Police Administration building in Port of Spain yesterday.
Two Sundays ago, Partap was stopped by police just after 5 a.m. after leaving the Zen nightclub at Keate Street in Port of Spain.
According to officers, they confronted Partap and he allegedly refused to take a breathalyser test, which is in breach of the legislation.
But according to Partap, he was not drunk and he never refused to take the test.
Partap was eventually given a breathalyser test, around 7 a.m., and was found to be within the legal limit.
Williams said the entire situation is still being investigated.
"An investigation is being done and the investigation is being done thoroughly. On the completion of the investigation, a file will be sent to the DPP for the DPP's guidance. That investigation has not been completed and it will not be completed by the media asking about it every single day because the issue is: we are focussing on doing our job in a professional manner and it will not take an undue period of time."
Williams said he anticipates the investigation will be completed in "a few weeks".
"Right now it is a matter of days since the incident would have occurred and the investigation is to be completed. It will take us a few weeks to complete it, and [at] the completion of those few weeks we will submit the file to the DPP to get guidance on the matter," he said.
In a news conference at his constituency office on Tuesday, Partap, Member of Parliament (MP) for Cumuto/Manzanilla, accused the police of being out to get him.
Williams said he could not respond to those claims because he did not hear Partap's news conference.
"I have not seen any presentation of the media briefing of the MP and I do not know the content of it, so I would not take the liberty of commenting on it. But I would remind the media that I will not prosecute the matter in the public domain prior to that matter being completed by way of investigation and a determination being made whether the (former) minister should be prosecuted or not," Williams said.
"I have presented, I believe, sufficient information to the media to bring clarity around the police action and, at this point in time, I would not be advancing any further details in relation to that investigation other than to tell you the investigation is being pursued, it will be completed within the shortest period of time, but that shortest period of time will be a few weeks," he said.