A former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, says it would have been counter-productive for him to have brought criminal charges against a prominent Jamaican politician without the agreement of DPP Paula Llewelyn’s office.
Mr. Green made the point in his response to a statement from DPP Paula Llewelyn earlier this week.
Llewelyn said Green, who was the lead investigator in the case, had the power to bring charges against the politician if he felt it was appropriate to do so.
The DPP’s statement was in response to a Miami Herald newspaper article this week.
The newspaper quoted Mr. Green as criticizing the DPP’s office and the Ministry of National Security for allowing the case against the politician to fall apart.
In her statement earlier this week, DPP Llewelyn said Les Green should explain why he did not proceed to arrest and charge the target of the investigation if he was convinced that he had sufficient material to do so.
But in a statement issued today, Mr. Green says he was fully aware that he could bring charges without approval from the DPP.
However, according to Mr. Green, the investigation directly linked a number of cases which were already before the courts and in the hands of the DPP.
He says a new strategy was required to ensure that all the identified persons could be prosecuted according to the available evidence.
Mr. Green says furthermore, he has always believed in bringing effective prosecutions, a partnership between investigators and prosecutors is necessary, rather than bringing charges in isolation.
He says any unilateral action on his part would have been counter productive.
Mr. Green also commented on DPP Llewelyn’s point about Witness A in the case against the politician had been on the Witness Protection Programme but could not be located by the police to give evidence.
DPP Llewellyn had also said her office was informed that Witness B was outside the jurisdiction and his whereabouts unknown.
Les Green says this is incorrect.
He says witness A was supposed to be under the care and protection of the Ministry of National Security Witness Protection Programme, in relation to the prosecution of a related case which was already before the court.
He says just prior to the case suddenly being called for trial, witness A was informed that his relocation outside of Jamaica, which was fully accepted as the only effective means to ensure his protection, had been refused by the Ministry of National Security.
According to Mr. Green, as such, Witness A and his partner had to run to seek their own protection.
But he says despite this both witnesses were available to be contacted.
DPP Llewelyn had also stated that Mr Green in his recounting to the Miami Herald, may have suffered from a lapse of memory causing him to be less than fulsome.
Green is rejecting this argument.
He says he has always believed in making written records and as such this ensures there are no such problems with his memory.
Green says in June 2012, he gave his final submissions to the DPP before he left Jamaica in July of that year.
He says he believes that the events in December 2011 had already brought an end to any effective prosecution, because primary witnesses were not going to be protected.
But according to Mr. Green, he persevered to the end, together with his investigating team, in order to provide the vital corroboration that was required.
The former Assistant Police Commissioner says he remains willing and able to assist any responsible body regarding the case against the politician or any other matter what he may’ve been involved in during his service in Jamaica.
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