Po­lice Chief: No In­tim­i­da­tion In Lam­birds Case

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

By

Toni Ni­cholas

On Fri­day morn­ing, in a can­did in­ter­view with the STAR, act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexander spoke on a few is­sues in­volv­ing the po­lice that had sur­faced this week. Alexander first spoke on the Lam­birds mat­ter and the ru­mours that his men in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter were be­ing pres­sured by po­lit­i­cal forces. “As far as I know, there is no truth to this,” Alexander said. “In fact, as we speak, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors who are pur­su­ing the mat­ter are about to lay ad­di­tional charges in the mat­ter.” Ac­cord­ing to him the Lam­birds Af­fair is be­ing han­dled by two pri­mary in­ves­ti­ga­tors, one deal­ing with the hu­man traf­fick­ing as­pect of the charges, the other with the money laun­der­ing as­pect. “So as far as I am aware this mat­ter is pro­gress­ing and our law­men are be­ing al­lowed to do their work with­out fear or favour,” Alexander said.

We also quizzed the act­ing top cop about the news of miss­ing weapons at a par­tic­u­lar po­lice sta­tion. Ear­lier this week the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force had con­firmed ru­mours that guns had gone miss­ing from an ar­mory of one of its sta­tions. Ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment from the RSLPF, “on Mon­day, May 18, 2015 dur­ing the chang­ing of the shift and at the hand­ing over of gov­ern­ment equip­ment at the Anse La Raye Po­lice Sta­tion it ap­peared that three firearms were un­ac­counted for along with twenty-eight rounds of amu­ni­tion. Con­se­quently, a search of the ar­mory en­sued where the fol­low­ing dis­cov­ery was made.”

The state­ment went on to say fur­ther that “a full crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion has en­sued and con­tin­ues at this time into the dis­ap­pear­ance of th­ese weapons.”

How­ever, while ad­mit­ting to the STAR about the dis­cov­ery of the miss­ing guns un­der po­lice watch, Alexander gave a slightly dif­fer­ent ac­count. Ac­cord­ing to him the RSLPF is now un­der­go­ing a re­view of its in­ven­tory. “We have not had a rou­tine in­ven­tory for over a year now, even though this is some­thing that should be done at least ev­ery six months by the re­search and devel­op­ment unit,” he said. “It was dur­ing one of th­ese checks that the guns were found to be miss­ing in Anse La Raye,” he re­vealed, adding that sim­i­lar re­views are now un­der­way at all po­lice sta­tions.

Asked about the ru­mours con­nect­ing the miss­ing guns to an ap­par­ent threat on the life of jus­tice min­is­ter Phillip La Corbiniere, Alexander said he had no such in­for­ma­tion. “What I can say is that yes we had some in­for­ma­tion about such a threat which the best of our in­for­ma­tion has proven to be un­true,” he told the STAR. “In any event, when­ever we re­ceive in­for­ma­tion of any such threat we would im­me­di­ately beef up se­cu­rity for the in­di­vid­ual in ques­tion. So it was never a case where the min­is­ter him­self made any such re­quest,” Alexander clar­i­fied.

This week Lorenzo ‘Doddy’ Fran­cis, for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Cas­tries South Can­di­date, is­sued a press state­ment re­gard­ing the os­ten­si­ble ‘run-off’ for the afore­men­tioned con­stituency.

“On Thurs­day 21st May be­tween the hours of 6:30pm and 9:00pm, I, along with sev­eral other mem­bers of the United Work­ers Party, at­tended a Gros Islet con­stituency meet­ing in that said town. It was there­fore con­ster­nat­ing and some­what dis­com­bob­u­lat­ing to learn, while on plat­form that evening and in the me­dia the fol­low­ing

Lorenzo Doddy Fran­cis.

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