Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is mum on whether the Irwin Hackshaw file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as requested.
“Maybe if the Express prints it for the 21st time. You never know. Because the more they publish the same thing, over and over, it might pressure me to go in the direction that they demand,” was how Griffith responded to a direct question on the issue when asked by the Express yesterday.
The Express reported on Monday that the DPP issued a written directive to the CoP to send the “completed” police file of the criminal probe into suspicious bank accounts belonging to Assistant Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw to him.
Police have said there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
The June 19 letter was sent one day after Griffith at a police news briefing announced that the Hackshaw file would be sent to the DPP only after the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) finishes their investigation.
Griffith did not answer yesterday whether the file was sent to the DPP. Instead he issued a release taking issue with the number of articles the Express has published about the Hackshaw matter and also expressed concern about a “certain reporter” possibly having access to the DPP’s office.
In the release, Griffith noted that during the period March 9, 2020 and June 29, 2020, the Express published 20 articles dealing with an investigation into Hackshaw saying the same thing.
The release noted Monday’s report headlined “DPP calls for Hackshaw File”, saying, “Thou protest too much. Commissioner finds that citizens who are linked to an investigation are trying to utilise their position to tell the police how an investigation should take place, and hence, the direction that the investigation should go.
“The CoP finds it interesting that a sealed envelope from the DPP’s Office found its way into the hands of the media. This, he says, is a matter of concern that a certain reporter may have access to the Office of the DPP.
“The CoP intends to look into this matter,” the release added.