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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
says nothing is wrong with focussing on
the recommendations of the Police Com-
plaints Authority s (PCA) report on the New
Flying Squad Investigations Unit.
She made the comment yesterday in
response to questions of a suggestion earlier
by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Roger Gaspard that focus be placed the
report s contents and not the leaking of the
A public spat has developed between Attor-
ney General Anand Ramlogan and PCA direc-
tor Gillian Lucky since Opposition Senator
Faris Al-Rawi revealed he had obtained the
PCA and Police Service report on the unit.
Al-Rawi revealed the major recommen-
dations of two reports, one by the PCA and
the other by the Police Service, on the Flying
Squad during his contribution to a debate
in the Upper House about three weeks ago.
He said then the documents recommend-
ed that criminal proceedings be considered
by the DPP against police officers involved
in the establishment of the squad.
Ramlogan has maintained that the report
was leaked by the PCA and not the Police
Service and accused Al Rawi of treason. PCA
director Gillian Lucky and Al-Rawi have both
denied Ramlogan s claim.
Ramlogan claimed the document was
leaked by the PCA to Al-Rawi and the media
but both Lucky and Al-Rawi have denied
Ramlogan also accused Al-Rawi of treason
for revealing the contents of the report before
it had been passed on to the Government.
Gaspard finally broke his silence on the
matter yesterday, saying his office, which
received the report directly from the PCA,
also did not leak the report. However, he said
he preferred to focus on the contents of the
report and not the leak. (See other story)
Noting yesterday that she had not heard
what Gaspard had said and was going on
what the media had told her of his comments,
the PM said: "I would not want to speak on
that matter. It is before the DPP. It is a mater
that is a live investigation on the part of the
"For us to focus on the contents of the
report, nothing is wrong with that, except
that the report has not come to us. It never
came to us, it was always in the purview of
the office of the DPP and I am certain the
DPP will take his own advice which is to
focus on the contents of the report."
Asked if she had requested the report or
intended to do so, she said: "Not until the
DPP reports on the report.
"When matters are before the DPP it is
improper for any executive to seek reports
from him or to read reports that are under
his investigation. It would be totally improper
and a bridge of the separation of powers
Persad-Bissessar was questioned following
an afternoon tea event for religious leaders
in observance of Easter at the Diplomatic
Centre, St Ann s.
On another issue, Persad-Bissessar con-
firmed that her request to have T&T accede
to the Caribbean Court of Justice for criminal
matters only has been rejected by Caricom.
The treaty which established the CCJ
required that T&T get the support of all
member states to effect the requested change.
"We did not get unanimity for that so it
cannot proceed," she added. (See Page A10)
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Director of Public Prosecution, Roger Gaspard,
SC, said yesterday he would prefer to focus on
the content of the Police Complaints Authority
report on the New Flying Squad Unit rather than
the leakage of the file.
He said so during the opening of a Plea Bar-
gaining Conference at the Radisson Hotel, Port-
of-Spain, in response to questions over the con-
tinuing spat between PCA director Gillian Lucky
and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Ramlogan has insisted that the PCA leaked the
report to Opposition Senator Faria Al-Rawi and
the media but Lucky has denied that and Al-Rawi
himself has said he did not get the leak from the
authority. The AG has also gone on record as
saying he was sure the leak did not come from
the DPP s office.
Asked to comment on the matter yesterday,
Gaspard said he just wanted to "get on with the
business of examining the content of the report"
before saying he had nothing else to say on the
During his contribution to the Finance Bill in
the Senate on April 8, Al-Rawi indicated he was
in possession of both the Police Service (TTPS)
and PCA reports on the new Flying Squad and
referenced the TTPS report. He later claimed the
reports were left in his mailbox by an anonymous
Al-Rawi s comments were highly criticised by
Government officials with Ramlogan saying the
leak of the confidential report to the Opposition
was tantamount to treason.
On Tuesday, the AG called on the police and
the Integrity Commission to investigate the leak.
Acting Commissioner of Police said one day later
there was nothing for his men to investigate.
In delivering his address to participants at yes-
terday s conference, which was held under the
auspices of the US Embassy and the office of the
Attorney General, Gaspard said there was need
to quicken the pace of justice not just legislatively
Referencing plans announced by the State to
bring legislation to fast track criminal matters, he
said there was a need to augment and improve
human resources and provide more courts, pros-
ecutors and State and legal aid attorneys.
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Fire rages along the Northern Range, overlooking St Ann's, last night. Members of the Fondes Amandes Reforestation Project claim a
bush fire, started by an individual clearing agricultural land in their community, was eventually spread across much of the range by
high winds. They appealed to the authorities to send more help today to fight the blaze since they fear the entire Northern Range
could be consumed by the fire. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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