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Prakash on Flying Squad probe: Williams the best man
Congress of the People political leader Prakash Ramadhar says acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is the “best person” to probe the alleged existence of a revamped Flying Squad. Speaking with reporters at the COP’s Operations Centre in Charlieville yesterday, Ramadhar dismissed calls for an independent investigative body to inquire into allegations that the squad is back in operation.
He said the office of the Commissioner of Police was best suited to lead the investigation into the existence of the alleged squad. “Where there are serious issues raised and where the truth has to be found and where it may deal with national security issues and the issue of taking evidence and so on...the proper body to do that is the Police Service and the commissioner of police, acting or otherwise,” he said.
Ramadhar said under the Constitution, the office of the commissioner is an independent body and an independent institution. “It is the best institution with the resources available to do those inquires and investigations,” he said. Ramadhar, who is also Legal Affairs Minister, admitted that concerns were raised over the commissioner leading the investigation because citizens are losing faith in such institutions.
However, he assured his party is working assiduously to have faith restored in all independent institutions. “If you have institutions you have to empower them and strengthen them,” he said. He said when a matter goes before the commissioner of police, “you cannot say I wonder if we will get a fair and just investigation. We must take that as a given and move from that point.”
Ramadhar said he was anxiously awaiting the report on the Flying Squad as well, since “we condemn any illegal use of state resources” and the inclusion of anyone who is not part of legal law enforcement. He said if the allegations are true, then that is a serious breach of the Constitution and if that is not true, “then that is serious case of public mischief and there should be consequences.” Members of the revamped Flying Squad unit have promised to give their side of the story at a press conference today.
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