I was incredibly pleased to hear our Prime Minister say on Thursday night that he was very troubled by the Drugs Sou Sou (DSS) situation and was taking steps to bring in foreign experts to investigate this matter. There are many unanswered questions that need to be addressed.
My understanding of a sou-sou is that a group of people contribute “hands” to a “pool” which is drawn by each of the participants on an agreed basis. All the money that goes into the “pool” goes out to contributors, as there are no overheads.
DSS, on the other hand, has hundreds of participants, so the following questions need to be asked:
a) Who pays for the administration costs like accountants, other administrative staff, equipment, security, etc, for the multimillion-dollar undertaking?
b) During and after the “raid”, high-level lawyers were mobilised on behalf of DSS. Who is paying for that?
c) It is said by some that it is an investment scheme and not a traditional sou-sou. Have the necessary legal steps been taken to form a company that is permitted to carry out such transactions? Does the name Drugs Sou Sou infer questionable activities?
The police also need to be asked some questions:
a) The officer in charge of the operation was supposed to ensure a suitable warrant was secured before the operation commenced. Was this done?
b) The securing of evidence at the police station was another of the responsibilities. Was this done?
c) Who was responsible for releasing the evidence ($22 million) out of the custody of the Police Service to DSS?
If this officer or officers could not give proper explanation for the above, they should be dismissed either for incompetence or corruption, or both.
I hope the outside “experts” will bring a resolution to this matter and also deal with the Hackshaw issue. It really bothers me why “donations” to the TTPS should be allegedly deposited into multiple accounts, in multiple banks, in the name of one senior police officer, and not into an official TTPS account established for such a purpose.
Past experience has proven nothing comes from internal police investigations.
Please, Mr Prime Minister, for the sake of the integrity of our country and the TTPS in particular, ensure these investigations proceed quickly and comprehensively.
Stanley Lee Pow