An Express report led to National Security Minister Jack Warner filing a complaint against the Integrity Commission and to the commission referring the matter to the Commissioner of Police for investigation.
In the annual report of the commission for the year ended December 31, 2012, which was tabled in the Senate on Tuesday, commission chairman Kenneth Gordon noted that the commission called upon the Commissioner of Police to undertake an investigation into a complaint received from Warner against the commission.
"Mr Warner alleged that a story published by the Express newspaper on December 16, 2012, about his failure to report income held in a credit union had been leaked by the Integrity Commission and/or its servants and/or its agents to the newspaper," Kenneth stated.
"In fact such information had been accessed by the use of the Statement of Registrable Interests which is available to the public by appointment and was so obtained,"Gordon added.
"Nonetheless the commission immediately referred this complaint to the police and requested a speedy investigation into the matter. The commission awaits the police report," Gordon said.
The Express reported last December that Warner had not made a declaration about shares in the Teachers' Credit Union, which were valued at $611,126.23 as at January 2011. The Express had examined the Register of Interests, specifically with respect to Warner's last three declarations (for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011) and none of them reflected this asset.
Warner later blamed his accountant and conceded that the non-disclosure was a "mistake".
The report also states that it has referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) a complaint by the Mirror Group Publication alleging unfair treatment in the disbursement of State resources for advertising purposes. Also referred to the DPP is an investigation by the commission, arising out of reports in the media, to determine whether a Government minister may have breached the Integrity Act in the award of a contract by the ministry to a relative's company.
Gordon said, in the past 12 months, the number of declarations certified by the commission had risen from 1,602 to 2,019 and the number of investigations completed rose from 42 to 47. "Ten years ago in 2003 the total number of investigations conducted was five. That number increased to 83 in 2012," he said.
Some matters have been referred to the DPP.
The report stated that 42 investigations were completed in 2011 and 47 were completed in 2012. It said 52 complaints were received in 2012 while 31 complaints were brought forward from 2011 making a total of 83 complaints in 2012. There are 36 investigations pending.
Gordon noted that there had been challenges, the principal issue being "internal corrective measures" which led to the suspension of the deputy chairman Gladys Gafoor and the appointment of a tribunal by the President.
The chairman noted, however, that Gafoor's term of office expired on March 14, making the meeting of a tribunal unlikely.