Penner has Been Punished; Auditor General’s Report is Nothing New

PM Dean Barrowvlcsnap-2014-06-11-20h52m00s64The Prime Minister then turned to the issue of Elvin Penner, who has been kicked out of Cabinet and hung out to dry by his own colleagues in relation to his procuring a passport and nationality certificate for South Korean Won-hong Kim.

PM Barrow maintains that he has done all he can, and a criminal prosecution, which must prove that he committed a criminal offence, is up to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue.

In that regard, the recently leaked interim report of the Auditor General on the Immigration Department essentially confirms what Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) trumpeted yesterday: that Penner, working with others inside and outside the Department, masterminded applications for undeserving individuals.

vlcsnap-2014-05-07-18h25m21s184But it does not go much further in terms of a secure criminal conviction. COLA will reply tomorrow at a press conference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The passport alleged to have been sent to Kim is still in Taiwan but is expected to be sent back shortly.

The final report of the Auditor General is being completed and concerns raised of non-cooperation by senior officials in the Department including Director Maria Marin will be addressed.

That report will be sent to the Prime Minister, laid before the National Assembly and publicly debated.

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