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National Security Ministry reviewing Roberston's file

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 8:50 PM
Montague

Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, says he has asked the permanent secretary in his ministry to review the file on the 2011 police investigation of fellow parliamentarian, James Robertson.

Issues surrounding the investigation have resurfaced following claims made in a Miami Herald report by the lead investigator in the case, former police commissioner, Les Green.

Among the claims made by Green was that the ministry of national security refused protection for a key witness, who later walked away from the case.

Today’s Gleaner editorial insisted the ministry must offer the public a credible explanation for that decision to remove any suspicion that its motive was political.

The editorial also stated that a credible explanation could show the decision was not an attempt by a government to protect one of its own.

This morning, Montague told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he and the Permanent Secretary are both new to the ministry.

He said he wanted to be absolutely certain of the facts before commenting.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, has already responded to claims made in the article that her office refused to prosecute Robertson because he is a politician.

She said her office did not think the witnesses were credible enough by themselves and had asked the police to provide more evidence to strengthen the case.

However, she also stated that the police could have ignored her suggestion and charged Robertson if they felt they had enough evidence to arrest him.