The Saint Lucia Police Welfare Association (PWA) has responded to allegations in which police officers are being accused of attempting to “embarrass” Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
President of the association Camron Laure told a media conference today that these allegations should not go uninvestigated, despite there is no proof that the statement is true.
Laure said that the allegation is in reference with what the prime minister described as a “plot”, where it is believed that some police officers attempted to use cheques from the AIMU investigations to embarrass him.
“My information is that the investigators did not find any cheques during the course of the investigations,” he said.
Contrary to statements made that the police should have informed the Commissioner of Police (COP) before conducting a search on the Ministry of Commerce, Laura said that should never be the case.
He said it is not custom for an investigator to inform the COP of warrants to be executed during an investigation.
Laure said a police officer, during the course of an investigation, should pursue all information without fear or favour, noting that a warrant is a tool used to aid in the investigations by the police.
“The investigator must first satisfy the magistrate that there is maybe evidence to aid in his investigations before a warrant is issued. It gives that investigator the authority to search in case there is resistance,” he added.
The prime minister had told the media: “I am aware that a very small group of police officers has planned to use the so-called Lambird’s Affair and more recently, the AIMU investigations, to try to embarrass me personally and three other Ministers in my Cabinet. The Police Force is itself not involved in this.”
He had disclosed that a senior officer at the centre of the allegations is reported to have openly boasted of his intentions to his colleagues and civilians alike, to bring down Kenny Anthony and the Labour government.
Nevertheless, Laure asserted that no police officer should try to influence the outcome of any general elections through his/her office and reiterated that that the matter should be pursued.