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Cops probing sex charges against 3 MPs
Police are investigating three Members of Parliament for sexual offences and assault and the investigations will be completed shortly, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said during yesterday’s weekly police press briefing. The parliamentarians are Dr Delmon Baker, MP for Tobago West, Chandresh Sharma, MP for Fyzabad, and Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, MP for Caroni Central.
It is alleged that Baker indecently assaulted a man on two occasions; Sharma allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend Sascha Singh on March 12 at Grand Bazaar; Ramadharsingh is accused of receiving sexual favours for fast-tracking of a Housing Development Corporation house. Asked about that status of the investigations Williams said all were on-going and would be concluded soon.
Asked to specify what he meant by soon, Williams said he could not. He added that no special treatment was being afforded to the men or that there was any difficulty in interviewing them. He added: “A person is free to choose to submit to an interview. It is never an issue of difficulty to interview, you cannot force anyone to give an interview. “What the Police Service has to do is to make the appropriate effort to interview an individual and that satisfies the requirements of the law.
So the police will do their job, consistent with that and do what is necessary by way of their commitment and conclude their investigations even if some individuals are not interviewed.” He added that his officers have made efforts to interview the men but could not say what those efforts were.
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