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Feb 7, 2020

An Update on the Police Investigation into the Auditor General’s Report

When we caught up with the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, he confirmed today that an investigation continues into the Auditor General’s Report on the National Sports Council. Former Consul General in New York and former Sports Minister Herman Longsworth is one of several persons named in the audit for questionable cash transactions; Longworth has already been fired. Former NSC Director Patrick Henry is also accused for illegal transactions. ComPol Williams says that the investigation is right on track; while they are using the audit report to guide the investigation, the officers assigned to the case are also in contact with the Director of Public Prosecutions.  So how soon will charges, if any, be levied?

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I met two days ago with the lead investigator to inquire where they were with it. He gave me a briefing in terms of what has been done and what they are currently doing. I know that they are currently waiting to have a meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions so that she can provide them with some guidance in terms of how they are going to deal with some of the persons who were named in the Auditor General’s Report. That meeting should be had very shortly.   I know that they have also been in dialogue with F.I.U. and we have requested certain banking information from the F.I.U. that are needed for the investigation. I know I have heard some say why investigate; the Auditor General’s Report already there as the investigation. No that is not how it works. We as the police need to do our own investigation. Yes, we use the Auditor General’s Report as a guide in terms of her findings and then we need now to go and get the relevant evidence to be able to gather what needs to be gathered in terms of evidence to lay charges against those who may be charged eventually. It is not a flyby investigation; it ought to be done very meticulously. We don’t want to rush something and then when time come, we don’t cross our T’s and dot our I’s and we go to court and end up losing the case.”


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