Director General of MOCA, Colonel Desmond Edwards
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA, is categorically denying ever being given any directive to investigate Minister of Energy, Daryl Vaz.
The statement was released on Tuesday morning baring the name of its Director General, Colonel Desmond Edwards.
He’s responding to allegations made by former US Ambassador, Donald Tapia, that MOCA was directed by former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting to investigate the then Opposition MP and Current Cabinet Minister.
MOCA has been dragged into the deepening controversy surrounding the revocation of Minister Vaz’s Visa by the United States.
Chevon Campbell tells us more.
In a rare statement Mr. Edwards says no government minister nor policy maker has ever given the agency any directive to investigate an individual.
He says MOCA has very robust and transparent internal processes that determine what matters it
investigates, and this is followed as a matter of course.
The Director General says those processes are guided by core values of integrity, independence and professionalism.
Speaking directly to the issue of the revocation of Mr. Vaz’s United States Visa, he says the organization has never received any directive from, nor had any discussion with Mr. Bunting relating to an investigation into Mr. Vaz.
He also makes it clear that they are unaware of what motives were behind the revocation.
Colonel Edwards says MOCA remains an independent investigative body that is free from any form of external influence, a reputation it guards jealously.
Speaking in July with Nationwide News Mr. Tapia, stated that the process to revoke Vaz’s Visa begun when Mr. Bunting was National Security Minister.
He said based on his review the allegations linking Mr. Vaz to narcotics trafficking was baseless unsubstantiated innuendo.
Speaking with Nationwide News on Monday Mr. Tapia went even further.
He says Mr. Bunting called on MOCA to investigate Minister Vaz.
Mr. Bunting held the National Security Portfolio under the 2012 to 2016 Portia Simpson-Miller Administration.
He’s denied the accusations made by the former ambassador.