Speaking following an event in St Mary, Chuck cautioned the investigative agencies to ensure that the evidence they are relying on to prosecute those charged is sufficient to go before the courts.
“What is interesting is that the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) seems to have had no additional material or evidence, and what seems so unfortunate [is] that the arrests took place in what looks like Nicodemus in the night,” Chuck told journalists
“I don't get the impression that these persons are running away. They have actually made themselves available on all occasions. So, in fact, if an arrest should have been made they could easily have been asked to come in so that they could be charged and, in these persons' cases, if they are to be charged, I suspect that they could be granted their own bail, or they could be asked to surrender their travel documents as the case may be,” added Chuck.
He argued that it was unfortunate that the matter had become so “salacious” that raids were carried out at the houses of the suspects while the police searched for more material.
“It seems like the authorities are still not sure what they are looking for, but then again, you ask the question, as the leader of the opposition has indicated, why are these investigations taking so long? Come to a conclusion.
“If you don't have the material, report that you don't have enough material to charge. But if you go and you charge, be careful that you [don't] charge on very limited evidence with the end result being that the cases will not go very far and the end result will undermine the sort of confidence that you should have in the institutions,” warned Chuck.
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