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Mar 27, 2014

ComPol must continue to investigate Penner despite appeal

Kareem Musa

On March third, the Supreme Court issued landmark directives to Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie to investigate Elvin Penner and the Won Hong Kim passport scandal. The court took that rare step after it determined that the ComPol had not fulfilled his duty and obligation to investigate. But even as that investigation has allegedly gotten underway, government is deciding to appeal the order of the Chief Justice. Widespread public perception is that government has deliberately stymied the criminal prosecution of Penner, and the move to appeal has only given credibility to that perception. Today, attorney Kareem Musa told News Five that pending an application and ruling to stay the investigation, the mandamus order is still in effect.


Kareem Musa, Attorney, COLA

“I believe that the appeal, there has to be a stay of the execution of the judgment of the Chief Justice; that has not been applied for as yet. So technically speaking, the Commissioner of Police is still required, at this time, to investigate and conclude his investigation. There is no stopping that. So he still has a duty; he is not doing COLA any favors you know. That is what we are paying him for…to do his job and to investigate and to bring that evidence before the court.”



“Your question of the file for Won Hong Kim has been raised by the minister as being missing. How important is that file for you to secure conviction in this matter?”


Kareem Musa

“It is absolutely important Rowland and I think that these ministers of government, they feel like they are doing something good by covering up Mister Penner’s deeds. But let me tell you something, I think that there is a paper trail of who took that file from the Immigration Department. And let me tell you something, when they are covering up those smaller offenses, what they are doing is creating bigger offenses. They are committing bigger offenses because that is theft; that is theft of public documents from a department. So I think if the minister were serious, he needs to investigate—and I am talking about Minister Godwin Hulse—he needs to see where that paper trail leads, who took it out of immigration and he needs to sign a statement that someone stole that file from the department. And like I said, from the information that I am getting, they very well know who it is that took it.”

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1 Response for “ComPol must continue to investigate Penner despite appeal”

  1. Timber says:

    They will forever try to cover this up. No one in that administration wants to do this because a lot of them is involved, including Godwin Hulse. Also, don’t let the issue of Castro and his dealings with passports where he collected money for that and visa recommendations be cast aside. Keep on him. I saw an affidavit that he signed for someone who took something to the US with him attesting to have knowledge of the situation and that it as a true document. I know the person, and the document and circumstances behind the document were both bogus and I hope that person doesn’t get into trouble.

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