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DPP defends decision not to prosecute Symbiote for alleged telecoms breach

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has sought to defend her decision not to prosecute Symbiote Investment Limited for alleged breaches of the Telecommunications Act.

In a statement, the DPP charged that "partial facts" from unnamed sources in a newspaper article created an unfortunate impression designed to undermine the rationale of her ruling.

Llewellyn said her office issued a ruling that criminal charges ought not be laid as the prosecution would not be able to satisfy the very high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

In a media release on Thursday, the DPP said the ruling was prepared and researched by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Andrea Martin-Swaby, who heads the Cybercrimes Unit in her office.

"I discussed it with her and approved the content and decision in this ruling," Llewellyn said.