There is optimism for a tribunal to start against the police constable implicated in brutality accusations in Grand Bay some weeks ago, police spokesman Claude Weekes has said.
“Things are going smoothly,” Weekes said, adding that “investigations against police officers or military men are different from that of civilians”.
Weekes said the investigations have not yet been sanctioned by the commissioner of police, who will deliberate on whether or not a tribunal is warranted. He explained that the investigations, which are being conducted by corporals assigned to the case, would look to establish the legitimacy of the allegation. A report will then be compiled and placed before the commissioner who will then decide on the way forward.
Should the Commissioner give the green light, the matter would go before a tribunal, which will be chaired by a top ranking officer or a magistrate, Weekes added.
The police officer in question will be entitled to a lawyer and will be prosecuted by a police prosecutor. He will be informed of the proceedings via correspondence from the commissioner.