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ComPol acknowledges ‘extreme pressure’ on Faber complainant; warns against witness suppression

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022. 5:52 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has warned that the attempts to stop Dr. Shanika Arnold from proceeding with her complaint against Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber in court will run afoul of the law.

“I know for a fact that all day yesterday and today, she has been under extreme pressure from many different quarters, trying to convince her not to pursue the matter, and she has so far stood her ground, that she is going to pursue the matter, and so we go with what she wants,” he said in response to suggestions that she may recant her statement – that is she, in fact, being pressured to do so.

“Should there be anything to suggest that someone is trying to cause her harm, or to force her to do certain things that she doesn’t want to [do,] let me remind the general public that the Criminal Code does provide an offense for attempting to suppress a witness. So, anyone who approaches a witness and tries to convince or threaten to persuade that witness not to go to court commits an offense. It’s a matter for her to report; if she feels uncomfortable with anyone approaching her and asking her to suppress her evidence, then such person can be arrested by law,” the Commissioner explained.

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