United Workers Party (UWP) member, Hermangild Francis, has been accused of attempting to score cheap political points as it relates to statements he made about the re-opening of the forensic lab.
Minister of National Security, Victor La Corbiniere, said that he is not going to encourage any debate, on any of the issues Francis has talked about, but is prepared to engage him on a political platform.
“He is running an election. He is looking to score political points. And unfortunately in some instances there are very cheap political points. I am not going to encourage very much debate on any of these issues,” he stated.
La Corbiniere claims that some of the statements made by Francis are not in keeping with “even his better judgement, when he was a police officer. So I am not about to engage him at that level.”
Francis had urged the minister to provide a detail explanation as to what led to the sudden closure of the forensic lab at Tapion, before it is re-opened, and to release the lab investigation.
The UWP member had said some of the things that happened at the forensic lab, should not have been allowed to happen and it was an indictment on the part of the minister, to say that he was unaware of what was taking place.
He also believes that the public should not only be made aware of the investigation, but the minister should say whether anybody was responsible for the breach in protocol.
Meanwhile, La Corbiniere said plans to get private ownership of the lab has not worked out because of the expense that was involved in terms of what was being negotiated.
“But I have said we have started partial re-opening of the lab and a lot of work has been done in that regard. I can’t give a definitive date for a full re-opening, but I can say to you that we will be moving incrementally.”
The closure of the forensic lab had affected the work of the Police Force in several ways.