SSP Thompson's appeal dismissed
THE COURT of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by Senior Superintendent of Police Assan Thompson against his conviction for a breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.
Last year January, Thompson was ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 or spend three months in prison for failing to provide documents as requested by the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. The fine has been paid.
Thompson was asked by the commission in January 2010 to supply documents in relation to his assets. Under the law, public servants are required to declare their assets and liabilities annually.
It was alleged that Thompson failed to provide a quantity surveyor's report for a property on Karachi Avenue in St Andrew.
Resident Magistrate (RM) Stephanie Jackson Haisley, who convicted Thompson, said he did not satisfy the commission's request. The RM found that there was no confusion arising from the meeting that Thompson and his lawyer had with the commission. The RM observed that whatever the challenges were, Thompson did not bring them to the attention of the commission.
The RM said the information had been outstanding for more than 400 days. The RM said "nothing he provided up to the time he was charged was sufficient to satisfy the request".
Thompson appealed on the grounds that the RM erred in her findings and should have upheld the no-case submission.
In dismissing the appeal yesterday, the court said that having considered the evidence and the submissions, the RM was correct in her findings and conclusion. The court also found that the RM gave due consideration to the relevant matters in the case.