At the end of August Love News got an exclusive interview with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn-Vidal on the way forward with the Senate Report. According to the DPP there is a possibility that some charges could still be levied against some persons and there are some instances where the statute of limitations would interfere and some may escape criminal charges. Fast forward forty days later and the investigative team seems to have made no progress. The 160-page report was forwarded to the DPP’s office from the Special Select Senate Committee, after they completed their inquiry into irregularities at the Immigration and Nationality Department. From there the DPP began collaborating with the Police Department to launch an investigation to see who will face charges for the various acts of corruption. An investigative team was put together and Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero was tasked to head that team. Today we sought an update from the Police Commissioner, but to our dismay there was no progress to report.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “These investigations do require a lot from the police. We have to go through all those persons that the Senate Select Committee had interviewed and interview them ourselves and record statements from them and try to gather whatever documentary evidence they may have. So it is not something that we just get up one morning and say we have the support and we can just go and arrest people. So the team is doing what they can do to gather the relevant evidence to put together the file and then it goes to the DPP and from there we see where it goes from there.”
As a backdrop to the Senate Report, back in 2016, former Senator Lisa Shoman had moved for a motion to have the Auditor General’s Report investigated by the Senate. A Special Select Senate Inquiry was formed and a slew of testimonies were heard from public officers and the substantive Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse. The inquiry concluded in December 2017 and the final report from the Senate committee was tabled in the House on July 15, 2020. From there it was forwarded to the DPP.