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27 cops hauled before court for corruption

In another clear sign of the police force’s zero tolerance policy on corruption, 27 members of the force were hauled before the Corporate Area Criminal Court Monday, accused of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

The cops, ten of them women, are accused of failing to file their returns and disclose their assets in keeping with provisions of the Act.  They were charged following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

But, the court was forced to adjourn the case against the police officers, today, after it received word that the lead prosecutor at the DPP’s office who handles these cases was unavailable.  The police were instructed to return to court on June 15.

Earlier this year, 17 members of the force were also brought to court on similar charges.  Among them was the Head of the St. Catherine North Police Division, Senior Superintendent Anthony Castelle.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, and was fined a total of 20 thousand dollars.

 

SOURCE: RJR NEWS