Compol refutes allegations of police involvement in Cervantes murder

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Three persons have been charged with the kidnapping and murder of 71 year old Ramon Cervantes Sr. However, one man police believe to be the master mind is still on the run. Ramon Cervantes Jr. was on the media after the arrests were made, stating that his vlcsnap-2014-07-10-06h08m54s113 vlcsnap-2014-07-10-06h08m32s144family was not entirely satisfied with the investigation as there were still some unanswered questions in their minds.  Chief among those was the police style handcuffs that were found bounding his dead father’s hands and feet when the body was found in a shallow grave. In the course of the investigation, the family was told that two police officers were detained for questioning in connection to the murder. However, those two officers were released shortly after.On Wednesday, the media got a chance to speak to the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, who responded to accusations made by Ramon Cervantes regarding police involvement.

vlcsnap-2014-07-16-21h50m21s224Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police
“Well I haven’t heard the concern of Ms. Cervantes, but I have been kept up to speed in terms of the investigation. I do know that two officers, as a result of the investigations, names were called. It’s an active investigation. I cannot identify those officers, I can tell you that what we have to date was shared with the DPP office, and they instructed us what charges to lay and against who, and so the investigation is ongoing and we are also looking at the issue of discipline.  So I will not say more than that.  A life was lost, condolences to the family, just like other families who have lost lives through violence, condolences, but the police will do the investigation as thoroughly as possible and we cannot allow a motion, be from the family member or the public, to have us accelerating on doing things the wrong way.”

“Are you able to disclose at this time, I don’t know if it is a matter for us at this time due to the investigation, but are you able to confirm for us if indeed that the handcuff that was supposedly retrieved is connected to the department?”

Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police
“I will not confirm that at this time, as I said the investigation is ongoing.”

Manuel Castillo, alleged mastermind of the elaborate kidnap and murder plan, has still not been apprehended but today Interpol issued an international wanted bulletin for Mr Castillo, complete with his distinguishing features and description of his tattoos. Meanwhile, the three men who have already been arrested and charged are expected back in court in August.

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