Caricom security agency immunity to be removed

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has stated that the Caricom heads of Government, at their meeting over the weekend in St Kitts, have agreed in principle to waive immunity from cocaine prosecution for individuals at the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (Impacs).

This move, Persad-Bissessar, said, will pave the way for persons accused of wrong-doing at the regional security agency, to face the possible criminal charges for their actions.

Persad-Bissessar was addressing members of the media at the VIP lounge at Piarco International Airport shortly after her arrival from the Caricom heads meeting in St Kitts on Sunday night.

Allegations of corruption, mismanagement of funds, fraud and corruption have been levelled at the agency and were first highlighted in the Sunday Express on April 17.

Lynne Anne Williams, executive director at the agency, was sent on leave on May 31, by the Caricom Bureau of Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (Consle) pending two separate audits into the agency.

Last month, Consle chairman Antigua and Barbuda National Security Minister Dr Errol Cort told the Express that a preliminary audit into the Impacs indicated that allegations of impropriety had some merit.

The objective of the preliminary investigation undertaken by the Director of Internal Audit of the Caricom Secretariat, Cort stated, was to determine the veracity or otherwise of the allegations as published in the press.

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