Posted On: Wednesday, 30 May 2012
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 29, CMC – The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP0 Roger Gaspard Tuesday said he had never instructed the police to clear the former vice president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Austin Jack Warner of bribery allegations purported to have taken place here last year during the campaign for the FIFA presidential elections.
Gaspard told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he had informed the police that based on the “thread bare information and material” submitted to him he could not determine that any law was broken.
“There is nothing in it for me to suggest or to see any contravention of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago, that could mean that you need to go further with the investigation because what they supplied to me was insufficient...
“However I am also of the view that further investigations may be warranted pursuant to the Customs Act, (that deals with the non declaration of a significant money into the country), ” Gaspard said in the written memo to the investigating police officer.
Media reports Tuesday quoted Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs as having informed the Police Service Commission that “on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), no further action can be taken in this matter”.
Gibbs said the matter which was alleged to have occurred on or about May 10, 2011, was investigated by the police and the DPP advised the matter can proceed no further. The PSC has since informed Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley by letter dated May 7.
But Gaspard told CMC that he had never made such a statement, adding “I have not cleared anybody in this matter. Neither have I cleared any police officer to bring the investigations to an end.”