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Gov't must review reliance on local investigators for background checks – Harrison

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 12:35 PM

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says the Government needs to review its reliance on local investigative bodies in conducting background checks on potential investors.

The warning by Harrison came just hours before a judge is set to rule on a court matter in relation to the controversial approval of a licence to Symbiote Investments Limited, which trades as Caricel.

In a 2016 report, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) had recommended that the Mobile Carrier and Service Provider licences granted to Symbiote be revoked.

The OCG said during the course of its investigation it observed many concerns and irregularities in the granting of the Mobile Spectrum Licence.

The OCG also said it found negative findings in relation to one of the company's shareholders, George Neil.

However, the Government rejected the recommendation, saying it had done its due diligence and the police had uncovered nothing untoward about the principals of the company.

This morning, Harrison told a function in Kingston that the Government needs to take a serious look at the constraints of local bodies such as the police and the Financial Investigation Division, in carrying out certain investigations.


Contractor General, Dirk Harrison