GEORGETOWN, Guyama, October 16, 2021 - The embattled former chairman of the Police Service Commission, Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe, on Friday filed a criminal complaint at the Brickdam Police station, against Attorney General amd Miniaster of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall.
Slowe’s complaint is in relation to statements allegedly made by Attorney General Nandlall about him on an NCN television programme that was streamed on social media, calling him and other members of the then Police Service Commission “anarchists” and a “bad john”.
Slowe is of the opinion that the statements made and broadcast across social media amounted to several violations of the cybercrime law and he wants the Attorney General to face the Court.
“I have filed a criminal complaint against the Attorney General with the Police and I have supplied them with a transcript of the programme “Issues in the News” broadcast on NCN and I have also issued them a copy of my statement…I would expect now that the Police will do what the Police is suppose to do which is to investigate my complaint and file the necessary criminal charges”, Mr. Slowe said.
Slowe’s Attorney, Selwyn Pieters said if the Police fails to act on the complaint, they will move to file the charge privately.
Mr. Slowe filed his complaint this midday just after he appeared in Court to answer charges of conspiracy to defraud and sexual misconduct. He was granted bail on the charges.
Slowe said he filed the criminal complaint against Mr. Nandlall for the “disparaging” remarks made by that government functionary on his programme titled “Issues In The News”. He said his complaint was accompanied by a transcript of the programme aired on June 29, 2021.
Attorney-at-Law Selwyn Pieters said to have described Mr. Slowe as a ‘bad john’ after a most notorious criminal in Trinidad and Tobago “stereotypes him in a most impermissible way, criminalises him where he has no criminal record.
Mr. Pieters and Mr. Slowe said they expected the police to properly investigate the complaint, failing which a private criminal charge would be filed against the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.
“In this case where the evidence exists and if the evidence exists and if the evidence exists, the police are expected to follow the evidence where it leads and let the courts decide,” the lawyer added.
Earlier on Friday morning, the police attempted to arrest the Retired Assistant Police when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The former chairman of the Police Service Commission had arrived at the court to answer to a charge of alleged fraud, when the police ranks attempted to effect the arrest.
Slowe advised the police that he was already properly before the court on the said charge they were trying to arrest him for, as they wanted Slowe to proceed to the enquiries office at the court to which he told them he could not do without his attorney.
Slowe, along with ex colleague Retired Assistant Commissioner Clinton Conway as well as other serving and former members of the police force had been arraigned on the fraud charge, as the PPP administration charged that they had been paid for the review of the Guyana Police Force’s Standing Orders, although that task had been already completed.
Mr. Slowe has also been charged with three sexual assault offences under the Sexual Offences Act, based on complaints made by a female police officer. He has publicly vehemently denied committing such acts.
The others appeared in court in May, 2021 but Mr. Slowe did not because he was overseas on travel duty. “When the matter came up at some stage, I was never questioned, nothing was ever put to me, I was never arrested so they had no grounds,” he said. He recalled that last Friday, a summons was sent to Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes for him to appear in court on Friday so he returned to Guyana on Wednesday.
The Retired Assistant Police Commissioner was on Friday placed on $100,000 bail on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the Guyana Police Force of $10 million and $75,000 bail for three sexual offence charges.
The cases have been adjourned to 26th November, 2021 for the continuation of those matters.