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Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams has expressed concern that
the matter involving the alleged dis-
covery of five grammes of a plant-like
material, believed to be marijuana, at
the Philipine residence of Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar more than
two years ago was not brought to his
Williams was speaking at the launch
of the Police Service s Mystery Cus-
tomer initiative held yesterday at the
Belmont Police Station.
He also said the initial probe was left
hanging by the Special Branch.
The acting top cop ordered a probe
on Tuesday following confirmation by
head of the Special Branch Snr Supt Gary
Gould of the discovery. He had said pre-
viously that the Police Service had no
record of any report that marijuana was
found at the PM s residence.
On whether he believed his charges
were withholding information, Williams
said he would not "put it that way,"
adding that by nature the Special Branch
"One has to put things in context. This
is a matter which has been within the
domain of the Special Branch and by
nature the Special Branch is a unit which
keeps things secret," Williams said.
Pressed further on whether the Special
Branch withheld matters even from the
Office of the Police Commissioner,
Williams did not give a direct answer.
"The issue is the Special Branch has
issues which are confidential by nature.
The Special Branch is not the interface
of the Police Service and the public. This
is a matter which was dealt with initially
by the Special Branch and it wasn t dealt
with to conclusion and in those circum-
stances the Special Branch never sub-
mitted an official report to the Office of
the Police Commissioner.
"From the clear indication they would
have communicated with the then deputy
commissioner (Mervyn Richardson). For
me the matter being brought to my
attention now [means it] is critical that
I have an investigation completed,"
He said he had heard many comments
about the investigation having only now
been ordered but maintained his stance
that this was because it had now been
brought to his attention.
"I have concerns that it was not
brought to my attention but those con-
cerns I would effectively address upon
the completion of the investigation,"
That probe, being done by acting ACP
Ainsley Garrick, is expected to be com-
pleted within a month but Williams said
it was likely it could be wrapped up with-
in a shorter period.
"It will be a short investigation even
though I have set it for one month and
I will make available to the public what
is the outcome. Anything else I will be
going into speculation and everything
which I don t have," Williams said.
On what exactly was being investigated
he said it would entail "all angles."
"They are investigating all the circum-
stances. A find and everything else which
flows from that find. It is a broad-based
investigation to cover all aspects of the
matter which is in the public domain,"
But he could not say whether the sub-
stance was, in fact, marijuana, adding
that the investigation would reveal this.
Former national security minister Jack
Warner stated he took part in a discussion
in 2013 with other senior politicians and
a senior police officer, to ensure there
was no criminal probe into the matter.
See Page A11
Acting CoP on ganja at PM's home...
One month to
Contacted yesterday, recently retired
deputy police commissioner and head
of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU)
Mervyn Richardson said if people
wanted to make statements about him
they were free to do so.
"I have absolutely nothing to say about
this matter. Let them say what they
want to say," Richardson added.
Asked about Richardson's involvement
in the matter, Williams only said, "Mr
Richardson is a former police officer.
He is not a serving police officer."
Pressed again to comment on the fact
that the information was at the time
brought to Richardson's attention,
Williams maintained that the matter
would be investigated and all would be
LET THEM TALK
ILP leader Jack Warner holds up a daily newspaper displaying a UNC Monday night Forum
advertisement during his address to supporters at a political meeting in Embacadere, San Fernando,
last night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Independent Liberal Party
leader Jack Warner has given
Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar two weeks to
reveal to the nation who
"Christian" is before he does
He made the challenge to
Persad-Bissessar at a cottage
meeting at Embacadere, San
Fernando, last night as he con-
tinued to question the circum-
stances surrounding marijuana
found at her Philippine, San
Fernando residence in 2013.
Warner again threatened to
expose the PM until the eve of
the September 7 general elec-
tions, saying that the issue of
marijuana being found at her
residence was a small issue
compared to the other files he
plans to release on her.
"We have bacchanal until
September 6 and it will get big-
ger and bigger. When I buss the
last one, who ain t dead, badly
wounded. Kamla has to be
exposed," Warner said.
He continued, "Kamla, tell
this country who is Christian
and if you can t remember, ask
the special reserve police officer,
his name is Jit Hardeen. He will
tell you who is Christian. And
Kamla, if in two weeks time
you don t tell us, I will tell you."
Warner also questioned
whether there were other dis-
coveries of marijuana at the
PM s home, as he said former
DCP Mervyn Richardson had
showed him a picture of the
marijuana found in a window
sill at her home, but noted that
in a release the PM had given
another location and amount.
He added that former national
security minister Gary Griffith
also spoke about "two joints"
during a radio interview yes-
The Chaguanas MP said Per-
sad-Bissessar had violated the
sanctity of a prime minister s
home, as there has been no
other leader in the Common-
wealth where marijuana had
been found at their home. He
claimed Persad-Bissessar was
also the only person who had
a five-day weekend, as she has
been going home every Friday
and returning to Port-of-Spain
on Wednesday within recent
years. He alleged whenever she
could not resume work in Port-
of-Spain, she would call Cab-
inet meetings in San Fernando
Also commenting on the res-
ignation of former Congress of
the People (COP) leader Win-
ston Dookeran, he said it was
a little too late. He said the COP
had failed because Dookeran
gave the party to Legal Affairs
Minister Prakash Ramadhar,
who was the lawyer of Dole
Chadee, a former notorious
Jack claims ganja find at PM's home not first
'Tell the country who
Christian is Kamla'
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