INDECOM Boss Optimistic about Privy Council Ruling on Powers of Arrest

The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, says Parliament could benefit from a Privy Council ruling on the entity’s powers to arrest and prosecute police personnel for misconduct.

The Court of Appeal ruled last month, that the INDECOM Act does not empower its investigators to mount prosecutions against members of the police force unless those investigators are doing so in their capacity as private citizens.

Immediately after the ruling, INDECOM Commissioner Terrence Williams, said it was a victory, noting his investigators had always prosecuted cases as private citizens.

But speaking to Nationwide News this afternoon, Commissioner Williams says he’d spoken too soon, at that time.

He says INDECOM has applied for leave to take the matter to the Privy Council.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said Cabinet is considering amending the INDECOM Act to make it clear that the body has powers to arrest and prosecute.

But, Commissioner Williams says INDECOM can’t wait for that.

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