Thursday, April 18, 2024

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Former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin has categorically denied being involved in any illegal wiretapping during his tenure as head of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

Breaking his silence, Dottin revealed that not only was wiretapping used by the force as a criminal investigative tool since 1991, but noted that current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as well as the late former Prime Minister David Thompson each knew about the technique.

Last Wednesday the issue of illegal wire-tapping was ventilated during debate on the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Owen Arthur calling for a full investigation in the allegations which fingered Dottin in a report by the Police Service Commission in 2013.

Arthur also stated that during his 14 years as Prime Minister, he never sanctioned the use of wiretapping. But Dottin noted that it was common practice for all Prime Ministers to be informed and to give authorisation. (TS)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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