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May 7, 2014

ComPol comes under fire from COLA

Allen Whylie

In the latter months of the Elvin Penner debacle, the only man who has come under similar fire is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. That’s because widespread public opinion is that the Police have fallen down on the criminal prosecution of Penner. Add in the writ of Mandamus court issue and now the inaction where this criminal prosecution is concerned…and ComPol Whylie is taking some serious heat. And COLA is not letting up, on Penner or on Whylie.

 

Gilroy Usher Jr., Vice-President, COLA

Gilroy Usher Jr.

“We are seeking the assistance of the Police Department to provide us with additional evidence. And clearly there are efforts by the Commissioner of Police despite being ordered by the Court to properly investigate and hand up this relevant information to us, to insist that such will not be done. Out message to the Commissioner of Police is this. We will not stop or adhere to any efforts to frustrate our procedure. And if he insists on going down that avenue, then at COLA we are totally prepared to seek legal actions against him, because we believe that he could be charged with obstruction. And if that is the path we need to go, then that is the path that we are going to go.”

 

Reporter

“Can you not return to the Supreme Court and say look, we have tried to get this matter from the Commissioner of Police resolved and we don’t seem to be getting anywhere so how about the contempt proceedings to hold the Commissioner in contempt of court for not complying with the Mandamus order?”

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Attorney for Private Prosecution

“There is a lot of back and forth, pass the parcel, hot potato, whatever you want to call it going on. And I don’t want to cast aspersions, but indeed that is an avenue we might very well have to go down. If it is that I don’t get the file from the DPP which the Commissioner says he has turned over…if I don’t get that file then obviously there has to be action taken at the Supreme Court level because there is now a contempt. Certainly if I don’t get that evidence we would have to go down that route.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have a timeframe?”

 

Kareem Musa

“Friday is my deadline to get the documents, yes.”

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2 Responses for “ComPol comes under fire from COLA”

  1. Marmish Today says:

    Kareem: It’s Kick the can. Not pass the parcel. LOL.
    It’s every Belizean’s obligation to learn the Queen’s English. And stop saying the following (they are really worn out): Cast aspersions, At the end of the day, In terms of, With regards to (it’s with regard to, if you have to use it), and What transpired (It’s what occurred, if you have to use it). And all o’ ya’ll journalists, stop trilling the R when you say San Pedro in English. If you’re going to trill the R, then continue in Spanglish… ;-)

  2. Kaila Moralez says:

    Kareem, well said continue to be BRAVE. If we have to file for contempt then so be it, they are not above the LAW. If needs be we take this matter to an even higher court apart from Supreme Court.

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