Somebody “Ratted Out” The Investigators and Police Were Not Called In
Tench told the Public Service Commission that his advice to Edgar Cano and Vernon Leslie to call the police in relation to the missing foils was not taken. Instead, he was brought up on disciplinary charges of misconduct in relation to violations of the Financial and Stores Orders for not properly reporting the loss of the visa foils among other things, for which he was found not guilty. He told the Senate Committee today that they tried their best to get the job done but were thwarted by internal interference.
Mark Tench, Former Supervisor of Immigration, Western Border
“We were trying to find out who was the officers who had – because we knew there were more officers involved and we were trying to get him to reveal more information, but all he would tell us was that it was the one person, and he doesn’t know anything more…”
Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator
“But why would you say that you knew that other officers were involved?”
“Because of things that were said around the Border at the time, and we even interviewed a couple of those officers that we suspected, but they had already found out that we had done that investigation; somebody had told one person what we had found, and they were basically prepared for when we called them into the office to interview them. One thing I want to say is that upon returning from that trip, that night, when we came back from Corozal with the information that we had, I told Mister Cano to call the Police, because I told him we could not carry that investigation anywhere further – that’s what I told him. I told him, ‘you need to call the Police because we have done everything – we cannot take anymore.’ We cannot call in anyone off the street – the reason why those people met with us [is] because they thought that we could help them with something, but now that it would have turned into a criminal offense, they would not have talked to us anymore; they would not have done that. So I told him, call the Police; let’s get the Police involved so that they can do a thorough investigation. We already knew most of the facts; it would have been just to push a little more, and we could have gotten that whole thing; but he never did. I just did the instructions that were given to me; I don’t look at it like that. We were given a task to do and that was part of what they wanted us to do to fulfil the task. The thing is that we did get the information – who took it, who sold it. The problem would be that the Department chose not to do anything about that, and turned their attention on the people who did most of the work.”