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Two cops challenge INDECOM

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:29 AM

A police superintendent and a subordinate have filed legal action challenging an attempt by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to arrest them on criminal charges.

Law enforcement sources revealed yesterday that the subordinate, a police Constable, was informed by INDECOM that he will be arrested and charged with murder.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Everton Tabannah has been notified that he will be arrested and charged for giving investigators a false statement.

The charges stem from the shooting death of Donald Chin, in Rose Heights, St James on October 21, 2012.

Lawyers for the two policemen told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that in keeping with the INDECOM Act, Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has also been notified of the impending charges.

However, the attorneys charge that contrary to the INDECOM Act, the oversight body has refused to turn over the information it relied on when it decided to bring criminal charges against the two policemen.

They say as a result, the policemen took the decision to exercise their right to seek leave for judicial review of INDECOM’s decision and have asked a High Court judge for an injunction blocking any criminal proceedings against them.

The application was scheduled to be heard in chambers by Justice Bryan Sykes yesterday, but was postponed until Friday.