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Minister Rohee says alleged torture claim is political theater

Colwyn HardingIN a new twist to the Colwyn Harding case, the man who claims to have been physically and sexually assaulted by Police. The Minister of Home Affairs has said the issue has been made into political football, of persons trying to blame the Police before the evidence is added up, just as in the case of events in Linden that led to the deaths of three persons. But the Minister might have confused his facts a bit.

Reading from a prepared statement at the PPP’s weekly press conference, Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee spoke about the findings of the Commission of Inquiry following the shooting to death of three persons oin Linden on July 3.

However, while the Commission exonerated Rohee from personal involvement in the protests at Linden and the deaths of the three persons, the Commission found the Police culpable, since there was no evidence of anyone else using guns at the time. Pointed to this fact, the Minister did not want to get into what his definition of the word exonerate is, and then, he said he could not remember that the Commission found the Police responsible for the shootings that led to the deaths of the three men.

Minister Rohee said that the case of 23-year-old Colwyn Harding has been made into political football, with persons trying to score political points and that all should await the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter. Rohee said he was open to the idea of making public the report of the Police Office of Professional Responsibility.

But just as he said he was willing to make the report public, Rohee then said he wasn’t so sure if that was possible.

23-year-old Colwyn Harding has claimed he was physically and sexually assaulted by Timheri Police. In these pictures, Colwyn Harding is seen at the airport today, on his way to Jamaica for further medical attention. 

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