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Sep 8, 2020

ComPol speaks on team to investigate the senate special select committee report

Chester Williams

And today – the Commissioner also took some time to answer questions in respect to the investigative team to be assembled to look into the senate special select committee report. Public hearings took place for more than a year looking into the immigration department where visas and nationalities were issued illegally left, right and centre, with applicants not meeting the requirements. The Auditor General’s Special Audit on Nationality, Immigration, and Nationality for 2011 to 2013 revealed serious irregularities and named ministers such as Edmund Castro,  Gaspar Vega, John Saldivar, Eden Martinez, Rene Montero, Erwin Contreras, and Manuel Heredia Junior. Former Minister Elvin Penner was at the centre of the inquiry. Here is what the COMPOL had to say.

 

Reporter

“Last week I think you had spoken about the establishment of an investigation team into the senate special select committee report. Can you speak to what that team will be looking at and the timeline?”

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The chief investigator is in this room. I see him to the back. He is here. I have tasked him with what he needs to do and one is to ensure that he gets a copy of the senate select committee’s report. And the DPP has also given certain instructions in terms of what she wants us to look at, i.e., and those offences that may be able to be prosecuted on indictment that may not have been statute barred at this time. I am sure that Mr. Romero has put together his team and they have commenced at looking at the senate select inquiry report and as soon as the time is right we are going to let the media know where we are.”

Reporter

“Sir, is it any concern for you that so many years have passed since some of these things allegedly happened and that the persons or perpetrators who you would be going after have had time to hide evidence?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well, I don’t know if they will be able to hide everything. I am hopeful that the investigation team will be able to find something that we can present to the DPP and then we see how we go from there.”


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