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DPP says her office will not be directed

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 9:53 AM
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn says entities are free to challenge her decisions, although this rarely happens.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, says her office maintains a good working relationship with Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, but will not be directed.

Llewellyn’s assertion comes a week after Harrison filed an application for the court to overturn her decision not to prosecute Hanover councillor Shernet Haughton in a nepotism case.

She says entities are free to challenge her decisions, although this rarely happens.

However, Llewellyn says Harrison's challenge does not mean that her office and that of the Contractor General have a strained relationship.

 

DPP Paula Llewellyn

The Contractor General found that, as mayor of Lucea, Shernet Haughton issued some 22 contracts, worth more than $3.7 million to 11 of her relatives and persons affiliated with the her.

However, the DPP ruled against preferring criminal charges against her saying although the evidence of nepotism is overwhelming, it is not an offence known to the criminal law.

Harrison, a former Deputy DPP apparently disagrees and is taking the matter to court.

The DPP and former contractor general, Greg Christie, had frequent public disagreements. 

Christie had argued that some of Llewellyn’s decision should have been left to a court.