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FLA facing possible legal action over Powell gun licence case

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:22 PM

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is now facing the possibility of legal action over its claims last week that Police Inspector Patricia Powell and businessman Patrick Powell were both issued licences for the same gun just days apart in 2004.

The FLA made the claim in a statement released through the Ministry of National Security following an audit of its system.

Attorney-at-law Linton Gordon, who is representing Inspector Powell, has written to the chairman of the FLA pointing out that officers of the agency had informed her from as far back as 2011 that there was no evidence of wrongdoing on her part.

Gordon said during an investigation conducted by the FLA in 2011 the agency became aware that officers at the agency improperly issued a firearm licence to Patrick Powell.

He says the FLA apologised to Inspector Powell and promised that it would immediately revoke the said “ban-doo-loo” licence.

As a result, Gordon contended that it was an act of recklessness and irresponsibility for the FLA to publish the content of the statement released by the National Security Ministry.

He also demanded that the FLA make a full and complete apology to the senior police officer and requested a meeting be convened with the state agency to negotiate a package of compensation for the loss and damage she suffered.

The FLA has been given 14 days to respond or face court action.