FOUR law enforcement officials who had been suspended as a part of an investigation into the return of greater than $22 million in money seized from Medicine Sou Sou (DSS), final 12 months have acquired the court docket’s permission to problem Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s appointment of two overseas investigators.
On Monday, Justice Nadia Kangaloo granted the officers depart to pursue their judicial evaluation declare in opposition to the commissioner.
The officers declare the appointment of the 2 law enforcement officials from Barbados was unlawful, because the Particular Reserve Police Act didn’t give the commissioner the ability to nominate anybody as SRPs to do a legal investigation.
They allege that the catalyst behind the appointments was the Authorities. They relied on statements made by the Prime Minister at a post-budget public assembly and a press launch from the Minister of Nationwide Safety talking of the hiring of the 2 overseas cops. The officers additionally referred to statements made by Griffith, who reportedly mentioned he welcomed “what the prime minister has finished,” and that: “It can help me enormously.”
Of their utility, the officers – an inspector, a sergeant, and two police constables – say the commissioner acted irrationally and surrendered his unbiased statutory discretion to both the Minister of Nationwide Safety or the Prime Minister in making the appointments.
The appliance mentioned the appointment of the 2 Barbadian officers was not a “real train of discretion” by the commissioner. It mentioned the “impetus, genesis and driving power” (behind it) lay with the Government and the 2 officers had been appointed on the behest of politicians.
The officers are claiming the investigators must be unbiased and insulated from political management, and SRPs are typically often used to assist complement law enforcement officials with surveillance and bodily presence.
“It was not supposed to create a parallel police power to conduct legal investigations below common route and/or order of the manager and/or the Minister of Nationwide Safety,” the appliance mentioned.
Additionally they mentioned one in every of them was instructed the report on the investigation was to be submitted on to the minister.
They may ask the court docket to quash the appointments, which had been made in December, and declare them illegal.
The appliance additionally famous that the 4 had been difficult the train of Griffith’s discretion whereas sustaining their innocence in relation to the general probe.
“Suffice it to say that the supposed claimants preserve that in any respect materials occasions they’ve fulfilled their skilled duties to the perfect of their potential and in accordance with the regulation,” the appliance mentioned.
On September 22 final 12 months, police raided the DSS’s headquarters at Kathleen Warner Drive in La Horquetta and seized some $22 million in money.
The cash was taken to the La Horquetta police station and returned to DSS officers. Allegations had been made in opposition to the officers regarding the return of the cash, and the 4 had been suspended. Eleven others had been transferred.
There have been subsequent raids on DSS and lesser quantities of money had been seized. These sums of cash are being held as a part of a court docket order.
The investigations into the return of the cash are led by a crew of officers headed by Deputy Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob.
The 4 suspended law enforcement officials are being represented by Dinesh Rambally, Kiel Taklalsingh, Stefan Ramkissoon, and Rhea Khan.