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DPP Chambers suggests police delaying advice in Westford’s alleged larceny probe

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers Thursday appeared to lay the blame squarely at the feet of police investigators for the delay in advising whether or not former Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford should be charged for alleged theft.

The Chambers said  all 24 files on the probe were returned to the  Guyana Police Force Thursday 14th January, 2015 “with legal advice given to the police for them to complete their investigations.”

“The DPP’s Office wishes to note that this is the third occasion that these 24 files are being returned to the GPF with specific instructions for them to comply with previous legal advice given pertaining to the clarification of issues and the conduct of further investigations,” the Chambers said in a statement.

For several months now, police have been probing “larceny by public officer”  allegedly committed by then Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford and her then Principal Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings.

The DPP’s Chambers says the 24 police files on the probe were received from the Guyana Police Force on the 9th, 23rd,28th and 30th December, 2015.

The Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum has already attributed the delay to the need for investigators to travel to several of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions to take additional statements from persons who have been previously interviewed.

The law states that anyone found guilty of larceny by a public officer could be imprisoned for 14 years.

Westford and Cummings are already before the court in connection with their alleged roles in the disposal of several state-owned vehicles to a number of persons.

The vehicles have since been returned to the Guyana government.

  • Emile_Mervin

    If the police are delaying this case, guess what they are not doing about the GY$28m misappropriation case?

    Now, is the DPP is going to be followed or fired for outing the police as the ones not serious about fighting corruption?

    • SYL

      GT is a big joke. Why waste time just let business continue as usual. The blame game continues, and you know what every one is family and buddies,.
      Put the police and DPP and politician to a simple test, by letting a small civil servant take home a govt. vehicle and refuse to return it or give his friend to use for an extended time, he’ll be in prison in a few weeks.
      GT like Haiti cannot change, just appearance of change. Everyone is family and friends. LONG LIVE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, there were all honest, peaceful, and hard working, until the Negroes and Indians migrated to their jurisdiction and start the same nasty habits.

  • Col123

    Some thing is missing from this report.If there are evidence of larceny of public property…then get with it..The populace wants some action on improving their lives…this should be the priority!…this feet dragging on bloodying the opposition is all sissy stuff….I am not suggesting that any one should get away with wrong doing…but our government is coming across as being sadistic in their pursuit of the opposition…where in heck is the economy heading?What are they doing for the “small man”?

  • Emile_Mervin

    I was just been facetious to make a point about really nothing being done except impressions of things being done and accusations and allegations all around.

    I wonder whatever happened to the folks at the centre of the Guyoil scam. I remember Harmon screaming how ‘they’ have to face the music. Well, six months later…