The home and car of radio personality and journalist, Lennox Linton were searched on Wednesday morning as the authorities begin to investigate how confidential matters before the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) ended up in Linton’s hands.
“Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Commonwealth Police Force visited my home this morning in Morne Daniel,” Linton told Dominica News Online. “They had a warrant from Magistrate Candia George which authorized them to search for confidential documents which they believed was concealed in my home.”
Earlier this month the IPO said in a release that it had written to the Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon, seeking assistance in investigating how secret and confidential proceedings before the Commission concerning Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit fell into the hands of Linton.
“The Integrity Commission has listened to a broadcast and read the transcript of the ‘Between you and Me’ programme of Sunday 16th December 2012 on Q95FM radio in which information relating to the declaration of a person in public life filed with the Commission i.e. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, was published by Mr. Lennox Linton on that programme,” the IPO said.
Linton said that after he made sure the warrant was legitimate he gave the police “complete and unfettered” access to all areas of his home and also gave them documents he had in his possession which he thought was the subject of the search. “On the 16 of December, I had made some disclosure on radio about the declaration of Mr. Skerrit to the IPO,” he said. “I was very happy to explain to the police how the document came into my possession, the source of the documents that are in my possession … I gave and the police received copies of the documents I had….”
He thanked the police for the professional manner in which the search was done but said he hoped it was not the end of the matter. “I am hoping now that it is not just going to stop here,” he said.
Linton is of the opinion that the entire matter is ‘public mischief’ engineered by Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan. “Once the police have completed the investigation in this matter, the question now becomes what is going to happen with the public mischief, this conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, that Astaphan is clearly involved in,” he said.
Linton further said he is willing give the police any further assistance they may require in the matter.