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Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2020. 4:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Two former Government Ministers continue to face investigation for separate alleged instances of misconduct.

But in separate interviews, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said the investigations have been hampered by the impact of COVID-19 on the agencies responsible for assisting.

Herman Longsworth, while Minister of Sports, was accused in an audit report into the finances of the National Sports Council of conducting questionable transactions concerning contracts for the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, approved by former acting Director of Sports, Patrick Henry.

Williams said his team of investigators is cooperating with Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, who would direct the course of action and charges once she receives the police file. Others are also being investigated.

And ex-National Security Minister John Saldivar was apparently outed by text messages certified as evidence in the case of Lev Dermen, convicted fraudster, and partner Jacob Kingston, which confirmed a meeting with a cutout in 2011 in Miami to collect monies which, have been variously described as relating to campaign financing and to purchase sporting equipment. Whichever, Saldivar continues to deny wrongdoing.

In this case, the Attorney General’s office continues to cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the formal request under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for the message record and other items, as well as the Integrity Commission, Immigration Department, and Customs and Excise Department, but the health emergency has stalled responses from these departments.

Williams said Saldivar has not been called in to give a statement. The scandal caused his resignation as leader-elect of the U.D.P., but his name is back on the list when the U.D.P. holds its leadership convention.

 

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