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PNPYO wants Richard Azan reinstated

Published:Friday | September 27, 2013 | 10:11 AM

The People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is calling for Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to reinstate Richard Azan as junior minister for transport and works.

The call follows yesterday’s disclosure by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that there was no basis on which to charge Azan with conspiracy to defraud the Clarendon parish Council in relation to the Spaldings market affair.

PNPYO president, Alric Campbell says given the ruling of the DPP, Azan should be reinstated despite evidence of procedural breaches in the handling of the matter.

"Mr. Azan came under tremendous pressure when the perception was that he did something criminally wrong, I'll say. When we went there in April to view the documents that were available to us as an organization and to discuss the matter and came out in support of him, we saw from then that there were no criminal breaches, however, there was a procedural breach and we know what the intentions were but we urge him to observe procedures in going forward," said Campbell.

While no charge will be laid against Azan, his secretary or Bryant, the DPP has ruled that May Pen mayor, Scean Barnswell be charged for seeking to mislead the contractor general in the probe of the matter.

The DPP says there is clear evidentiary material to institute criminal proceeding against Scean Barnswell for attempting to Mislead the Contractor General contrary section 29 (a) of the Contractor General Act.

Barnswell is now to be brought before the Resident Magistrate’s Court and could be subjected to a fine of 5 thousand dollars if convicted.


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