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Feb 11, 2014

P.U.P. says it will seek judicial review if no action by the ComPol

Anthony Sylvestre

The letter to ComPol Whylie, delivered on Monday, gives a deadline of seven days by which he is asked to take action. The timing is critical because there is a statute limitation of six months for the summary offence of which Penner is being accused. Legal Advisor Anthony Sylvestre told the media today that the Party is prepared to aggressively pursue this matter if the Commissioner is slow or unwilling to act.


Anthony Sylvestre, Legal Advisor, P.U.P.

“Failing a response by next week, the seventeenth, we would have to in earnest file judicial review proceedings before the end of next week. I must say that certain viewers will recall that a similar judicial review application was done back in 2007. You may recall that a mentally challenged individual was killed in a house in Los Lagos. I think the gentleman’s name was Mr. Gordon. At the time the Police did their investigation, gathered evidence, but they refused to charge anyone because the person involved was a fellow Police officer. The DPP at the time was Kirk Anderson, and he had given the directive for the Police to have charged the Police Officer. That directive was flatly refused, so what happens is that the family of Mr. Gordon obtained the services of an attorney and they went to court. At that time the Chief Justice was Dr. Abdulai Conteh. That story ended happily because the Commissioner of Police at the time folded and he did what he was sworn to do under law and he actually laid charges against that individual. The parallels are similar. It is clear to all and sundry that an offence has been committed but none of us can actually go and lay charges against Mr. Penner so we therefore have to urge the relevant and appropriate authority which is the Police Department. A letter has been copied to the Director of Public Prosecutions because as you are well aware she constitutionally has the authority with respect to prosecutions and so she at some point will be involved, or will be called upon to give advice.”


News Five contacted Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie for comment today. He declined an interview, stating that he was out of office. But he claimed that he has not seen the letter so could not comment on it.

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4 Responses for “P.U.P. says it will seek judicial review if no action by the ComPol”

  1. Ali BaBarrow, leads 40, against the rest of Belize says:

    Ali is shaking in his boots. He might cry if PUP keeps this up.

    Back down puppies, or the 40 will be upon you.

  2. Uncle Tom's Petulance says:

    Mr. Whylie is proud and pig-headed, a lethal combination. He won’t do a thing. He is a kiss-up kick-down type of guy and will only move if his sponsor-of-the-day tells him to. Lately, I think it’s up Minister Saldivar’s ass is where he has his nose. I want to see the PUP publicly break him.

  3. LOL says:

    Good Job PUP, now if you can only get rid of certain members in your party and once you all come to power, please try imprison some of those sick bastards from this administrations.

  4. ceo says:

    Please keep the pressure on them/him. Do not let up, the probhlem with or government is because too many people like Penner are in position of prominence.

    Barrow you would have done much better if you had sorounded yourself by better people and even better if after the problem came to light you did not support their crap the way you did.

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