D’Ur­ban Park charges will be re­filed us­ing ev­i­dence in Au­di­tor General’s re­port -Jagdeo

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The op­po­si­tion Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party in­tends to re­file pri­vate crim­i­nal charges for cor­rup­tion against the govern­ment in the con­struc­tion of D’Ur­ban Park fa­cil­i­ties us­ing as ev­i­dence the Au­di­tor General’s 2017 re­port, says Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Bhar­rat Jagdeo.

He stated the party’s in­ten­tion to file the charges in re­sponse to a ques­tion on why al­le­ga­tions, he made yes­ter­day at his weekly press con­fer­ence, against sev­eral govern­ment min­is­ters were not re­ported to the po­lice.

On the last oc­ca­sion that the party filed pri­vate crim­i­nal charges against five govern­ment min­is­ters, he said, they were with­drawn by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) on the grounds that the charges were not in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice.

This time around, Jagdeo said, “Now that the au­dit re­port is out, we will take the au­dit re­port and send it to the po­lice.”

The party may re­file some of the crim­i­nal pri­vate charges, he said, be­cause they would want

to see if the DPP will dis­miss the charges on the cause of good gover­nance as she had said ear­lier.

Asked about the in­ves­ti­ga­tions which, he said, his party was to go­ing to in­ten­sify after the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions in re­la­tion to the al­leged cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties and to name the min­is­ters in­volved, Jagdeo in turn asked the re­porter to ask that ques­tion of a par­tic­u­lar govern­ment min­is­ter.

He con­tin­ued, “We will do more work in these ar­eas. We see some sub­stan­ti­ated in the au­dit re­port.” He said there was more in­for­ma­tion forth­com­ing.

On rea­sons why al­le­ga­tions were not sub­mit­ted to the po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tions and why the party will have to con­duct its own in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Jagdeo cited the de­lay in ac­tion. He noted the case in which the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion (PPC) found Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter David Pat­ter­son had breached the pro­cure­ment laws in the award of a con­tract to do a fea­si­bil­ity study on a new De­mer­ara River bridge. This was re­ported to the Spe­cial Or­gan­ised Crime Unit and ac­tion is yet to be taken. The ev­i­dence was pre­sented in a PPC re­port and the po­lice would not have had much in­ves­ti­ga­tions to do, he said.

In the same way for­mer min­is­ters of his cabi­net were hauled in for in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Jagdeo said, SOCU promised that they would have called in Cabi­net min­is­ters for in­ter­views but they have not done this as yet.

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