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AG MAINTAINS POLICE COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY REPORT WAS LEAKED

by | Apr 23, 2014

ANAND RAMLOGAN 1Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) director Gillian Lucky continued at odds yesterday hours after Lucky told a Parliament Joint Select Committee (JSC) that a PCA report on the alleged existence of a new Flying Squad, was not confidential.

On April 8, Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi in his contribution to the Finance Bill in the Senate indicated that he was in possession of both the Police Service (TTPS) and PCA reports pertaining to the new Flying Squad and referenced the TTPS report.

He later claimed the reports were left in his mailbox by an anonymous donor.

This triggered condemnation from Government officials with Ramlogan saying the leak of the confidential report to the Opposition was tantamount to treason while National Security Minister Gary Griffith said such a leak was a threat to national security.

However during yesterday’s sitting of the JSC at the Parliament Building, International Waterfront Centre in Port-of-Spain, Ms. Lucky made it clear before JSC members  including Al-Rawi that the leaked report was not a confidential one and there was no risk to national security, despite a PCA press release issued on April 13, which stated otherwise.

According to the PCA Director, based on the document’s contents, what was already in the public domain and what the report spoke to, was not categorized as a confidential document and could have been put in the public domain.

However in a release issued two hours after the JSC meeting ended, Ramlogan expressed “shock and confusion” at Lucky’s statements given that PCA legislation calls for that organisation to be a confidential one.

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