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CFU bribe scandal probe completed
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams says officers are awaiting the DPP’s response in a bribery investigation involving Jack Warner, former national security minister and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and Concacaf president. “At this point in time, until such time that we get a position in that matter, it is at the office of the DPP,” Williams said at Wednesday’s weekly police press briefing in Port-of-Spain. The investigation centres on allegations that in May 2011, undeclared sums of US currency were brought into the country and used to bribe officials during a CFU meeting, chaired by Warner, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain.
Williams noted that the investigation began during the tenure of former police commissioner Dwayne Gibbs and continued when Williams was appointed. He said after he assumed the post, investigators received fresh communication from the Opposition involving additional allegations. The investigator “did in fact continue the investigation and addressed the issues raised by the Opposition, and when he completed the investigation it was sent to DCP Richardson, who has forwarded that file to the DPP,” Williams said. DCP Mervyn Richardson announced that the investigation into the Section 34 e-mail scandal involving senior government officials was being slowed down by a lack of responses from US firms Microsoft and Google, as well as local telecommunications provider TSTT. He said that on Tuesday he wrote to the agencies for a second time. “I am awaiting responses from those three agencies and as soon as they do we will bring it to some completion,” he said.
Richardson was appointed lead investigator after the allegations were referred to Williams by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The e-mails, which were presented in Parliament on May 20 by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, suggested there had been efforts by government ministers and the PM to undermine the judiciary and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and to intimidate the media. Williams was also announced that the investigation into the New Flying Squad Investigation Bureau (NFSIB) would be completed in the next few weeks.
He said DCP Simon Alexis had already done “extensive” investigations and once completed the file would be sent to the DPP for his advice. In March, Williams mandated Alexis to investigate the unit after its existence was revealed in an exclusive report in the Sunday Guardian. Warner is also alleged to have had a hand in setting up the new unit.
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