Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade
By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade yesterday said he has received the finished file on the investigation into alleged judicial interference by MICAL MP V Alfred Gray and the findings will be revealed “soon”.
Speaking to The Tribune, Mr Greenslade said he had not reviewed the file but would do so “very soon” and would then release the findings.
Police interviewed Mr Gray last Friday, according to his lawyer Wayne Munroe, QC.
In a statement, Mr Munroe said his client was interviewed by Acting Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson and Superintendent Sherman Young, the officer-in-charge of the Complaints and Corruption Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Mr Gray was accompanied by Mr Munroe and lawyer Mario Gray.
“We are assured by the selection of the deputy commissioner of police as the officer to conduct the interview that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is taking this matter with the seriousness that it deserves,” Mr Munroe’s statement said. “The deputy commissioner of police has the benefit of the protection of Article 120 of the Constitution in the discharge of his office.
“Minister Gray was interviewed by the deputy commissioner of police and also gave a (detailed) statement under oath which included five annexures with regard (to) the event being investigated by the Royal Bahamas Police Force at the direction of the attorney general.”
In March, the opposition Free National Movement raised concerns about allegations that Mr Gray used his position to have a man in his constituency freed, following conviction and sentencing. It is claimed that Mr Gray contacted Mayaguana island Administrator Zephaniah Newbold, the sentencing magistrate, to offer “legal advice”.
However, according to media reports Mr Newbold has said he released the convicted youth, Jaquan Charlton, outright “after an order came forth.” He said the young man had not been released on bail as Mr Gray had claimed.
The FNM has called for Mr Gray’s dismissal from Cabinet as minister of agriculture and marine resources. Last month Mr Gray asked Prime Minister Perry Christie to relieve him of the local government portfolio, pending the outcome of the investigation. The prime minister agreed. However, Mr Gray retained his cabinet post as agriculture and marine resources minister.