May 21, 2022

Senator Nakhid Pen Fifth Letter To DPP, Alleging PM’s Interference In Top Cop Process

By Newsroom

Opposition Senator David Nakhid has now penned a fifth letter to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, calling on him to investigate what he alleges is the Prime Minister’s interference in the Top Cop selection process by the former Police Service Commission board.

In the most recent missive, dated May 20th, Senator Nakhid condemned the DPP’s failure to respond to his previous letters, sent over the course of the last nine weeks. 

“It is extremely unfortunate that not only your silence, but your failure to even acknowledge the queries and correspondence of a sitting Senator in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, has given the perception to the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago, the absence of impartiality and an active pursuit of Justice as your office is mandated so to do,” Senator Nakhid wrote.

Senator Nakhid argues that the Prime Minister’s confirmation that he met with former Chairman of the Police Service Commission Bliss Seepersad last year, was proof that he interfered with the process to select a Top Cop. 

PM Rowley has said repeatedly that he ‘provided pertinent information’ to the PSC, but denied influencing the actual Top Cop selection process, which ultimately was scrapped when the Merit List was withdrawn from President’s House.