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Jan 6, 2021

Will Charges be Brought Against Former Minister of Works?

Julius Espat

In investigating Montero’s dealings during his term of office, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development has turned to the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, and the Integrity Commission to determine whether any legal action can be taken against him for misconduct. According to Minister Espat, no stone is being left unturned.

 

 

Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development

“The ministry has sought legal advice and is advised that the conduct disclosed in the statements may give rise to both civil and criminal proceedings.  Civil proceedings can take the form of a civil suit for damages for misfeasance in public office and in the form of a complaint to the Integrity Commission under the provision of the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act.  Criminal proceedings can also take several forms, but the conduct displayed most clearly amounts to corruption and oppression in public office in breach of Section 284 of the criminal code which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.  I have instructed the C.E.O. to pursue all available options to punish all wrongdoings disclosed and recover for the revenue all losses sustained by reason of the flagrant abuse and misuse of public resources.  He, this week, accordingly requested that the Attorney Generals ministry consider institution of a civil suit for damages for misfeasance in public office against Minister Montero and Mr. Errol Gentle.  We made a report to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions for a criminal investigation to be commenced into the misconduct and has also made a report of breach of the code of conduct for members of the National Assembly and public officers to the Integrity Commission.”


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