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Williams not acting on Anand’s request for PCA leak probe
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said yesterday that his men have nothing to investigate in the alleged matter involving the leaking of confidential information on the New Flying Squad Investigative Unit. Williams made the comment at the weekly press briefing, one day after the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan called on him to investigate the leak, which the AG insists came from the Police Complaints Authority.
Ramlogan wrote to Williams on Tuesday requesting that a police investigation be launched into the leak of the report. He made the call mere hours after PCA director Gillian Lucky told a parliamentary Joint Select Committee hearing that the report was not a confidential document, as claimed by Ramlogan, nor was it leaked by her team to People’s National Movement Senator Faris Al-Rawi or the media.
On April 8, Al-Rawi, in his contribution to the Finance Bill in the Senate, indicated he was in possession of both the Police Service (TTPS) and PCA reports on the new Flying Squad and referenced the TTPS report. He later claimed the reports were left in his mailbox by an anonymous donor. Al-Rawi’s comments were highly criticised by Government officials, with Ramlogan saying the leak of the confidential report to the Opposition was tantamount to treason.
Asked yesterday if the police had begun investigations into the leak, Williams said no. Asked why not, he said: “Just to share with you, not every call for an investigation will require an investigation. So at this point in time there has been no investigation launched by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service because at this time there is no requirement for one to be launched.”
Asked about the leak being equated to treason by the AG, Williams said he would not comment on Ramlogan’s comment, adding that the law is obvious about what treason is. “If there is an obvious indication of treason I give you the assurance that the Police Service will not be waiting on the Attorney General to launch an investigation,” Williams said.