...No file to dpp as yet, says Williams
ACTING Police Commissioner Stephen Williams yesterday said the file on the incident involving former minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap has not yet been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Senior Counsel Roger Gaspard.
Two Sundays ago, Partap was stopped by police just after 5 a.m. after leaving Zen nightclub on Keate Street, Port of Spain.
Officers noticed blue swivel lights and a siren on the vehicle and, upon stopping Partap, then asked that he take a breathalyser test. Partap allegedly refused, which is in breach of the legislation. He then called Williams.
Partap was taken to the Belmont Police Station. Police said it was close to two hours after he was initially stopped that Partap was administered the breathalyser test. Partap was then found to be within the legal limit.
Partap yesterday broke his two-week silence on the issue and held a press conference at his constituency office. He is the Member of Parliament for Cumuto/Manzanilla.
Partap was fired from the Cabinet by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar following the incident.
Up to yesterday DPP Gaspard had not received a file on the matter involving Partap. Williams confirmed this and said it "will take some time".
Partap has not been charged with anything as a result of the incident two Sundays ago. Gaspard has to decide whether Partap will be charged with allegedly refusing to take the breathalyser test.
Gaspard can only make a decision after he has seen the file on the incident. Williams is expected to address this and other situations today when he appears at the weekly police press briefing.