When will Police talk to Elvin Penner? The ex-Minister of State continues on as Cayo Northeast area representative despite being under scrutiny for the scandal that took him out of office last September.
The People’s United Party obtained a writ of mandamus directing Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie to accelerate and conclude the investigation into the issuance of a passport and nationality certificate to jailed businessman Won Hong Kim.
Today its leader, Francis Fonseca, gave us an update.
“What is very alarming and is disturbing is that the man at the center of this entire immigration scandal, Mr. Penner has not even been questioned. How can we be talking about any credible investigation into this matter without even having question Elvin Penner. So, we are very disturbed by that fact, and we certainly are going to will keep very vigilant in ensuring that there is a proper investigation”.
Fonseca says there is a file at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.
Hon. Francis Fonseca: “Obviously, we are not definitely satisfied with the process that has followed since the writ of mandamus which was issued by the Chief Justice of this country. In effect, we have a government that is completely ignoring the courts. We understand that certain file have been available to the Director of Public Prosecutions and we certainly respect that role. We will allow that process to work. She has received a file. As I understand, she has asked for a follow up in queries on investigations as it relates to that file that has been delivered to that office. We will have to see where that goers and we are certainly going to monitor that very closely”.
What does it all mean for the private prosecution of Penner forced by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA)? Fonseca says they can thank the PUP for giving them the ammunition they need.
Hon. Francis Fonseca; “The question about the private prosecution taking place at the behest of COLA (that is very important) and yes, the writ of mandamus allows for that process to work. Why, because, when that matter comes up, (and this is where COLA will have to be very vigilant in ensuring that the matter does come up in courtyou have filed a private prosecution, but that has to now go through the court system and it has to be called up) COLA will now be in a position to demand disclosure of whatever information of whatever the police have uncovered during their investigation”.
The time limit on alleged summary jurisdiction breaches has expired, however, there is no time limit, according to the DPP, for indictable charges which are what the police are considering.