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Cabinet pores over INDECOM report to Parliament

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

CABINET YESTERDAY discussed a special report to Parliament by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) highlighting concerns about how the Robert 'Kentucky Kid' Hill case was handled by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn.

Leader of government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, told The Gleaner that the report, which has sparked a sharp debate between DPP Paula Llewellyn and INDECOM boss Terrence Williams, was reviewed by Cabinet.

However, Paulwell did not provide details on Cabinet's deliberations.

Yesterday, opposition spokesman on justice, Senator Alexander Williams, said he has noted with grave concern the discord between the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and INDECOM, heightened by the actions of the DPP in R v Gary Thomas (et al), the Kentucky Kid murder case.

Williams said the time has come for the Parliament to improve working relationships by establishing protocols for collaboration between the DPP as the chief prosecutor and all investigative agencies.

"Parliament should, in this process, invite all investigative agencies, including INDECOM, the Office of the Contractor General, the Integrity Commission and other investigative bodies to make submissions on how to properly and effectively collaborate," Williams added.

DYSFUNCTIONALITY

Responding to the senator's proposal, Paulwell said Parliament would have to "look at the whole apparatus and to see where there might be dysfunctionality."

The leader of government business said he would meet today with his opposition counterpart, Derrick Smith, to "see how we can organise such an interface involving these investigative arms that do report to Parliament".

Paulwell said he supports the suggestion by Williams that the investigative bodies which report to Parliament should submit their own recommendations on how the investigative bodies could collaborate with the ODPP.

The INDECOM boss is claiming that ineffective prosecution in the matter of the fatal shooting of Hill led to the five accused being freed.

They were freed earlier this month after the DPP told the court it would be impossible to mount a viable case against Corporal Uriel Anderson and Constables Gary Thomas and Norval Warren and the two civilians, Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown.

Llewellyn has slammed Terrence Williams for reporting her to Parliament charging that he was "ignorant of the facts".

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com