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Lawyers: Minister can’t order soldiers and cops
There is no provision under the Police Service Act or the Defence Act which allows a Government Minister to give directives to the police or the army, several top attorneys said yesterday. “That would be a straight case of a breach of the separation of powers of the Executive and the police, who are supposed to be independent,” attorney Dana Seetahal said. “The police are supposed to take reports and initiate investigations after which they can act,” she added. Seetahal said neither did the army, outside the special powers given it under a state of emergency, have the power to make arrests. Asked whether a minister can gives orders to the police and the army, attorney Robin Montano said: “The short answer is, no.” But, he added, that was being a little naive. He added: “It will be naive to think a Government cannot, or will not, get the police to do its will.
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