Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 9:10 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and ex-President of the Police Association, Corporal Eldon Arzu, are headed to trial in the Supreme Court in February 2020.
Corporal Arzu is challenging his transfer to Belmopan to a desk job after effectively being kicked from the ranks of the Association by a statutory instrument, which ruled out the term to which he had been re-elected.
Yesterday we asked Commissioner Williams whether any effort had been made to settle the case before trial, as it would not be a good look for the Department if a junior officer was seen as openly insubordinate to him as Commissioner.
But according to Williams, “The beauty of our country is that we live in a country of democracy. Anyone who is aggrieved by certain things, especially when it comes to [their] rights, section twenty of our constitution clearly states that any person who believes that his rights have been or is about to be violated can approach the Supreme Court and seek redress. He believes that the commissioner infringed on his rights, then he has a right to go to the court and I hold no qualms with him over that; that’s his right.”
It does not mean, the Commissioner continued, especially after the court denied the application for relief from sanction this week, that he as a strong case. He explained, “…the only matter now before the court to be tried is whether or not the commissioner had authority to transfer him the way it was done. And I am confident when that time comes, the answer will be yes.”
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