Pierre on NHC search: I hope police are not used as political arm
Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre offered a reaction to the recent police search at the National Housing Corporation (NHC) head office.
Speaking with reporters at his office this morning, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Pierre said, “I really hope that the police are not being used as the arm of any political organization. I support the police, the police have to be independent and the police have to do their duty without fear or favour. I really hope that politicians are not using the police for their political motives.”
It was reported that on Monday, March 2, 2020, staff arrived at the NHC office to find that the locks had been changed and they were subsequently called to meet with police officers where they were informed that an investigation was being conducted and were asked to hand in keys to the office and to filing cabinets.
Police also reportedly stated that computers and emails would be searched.
Pierre noted, “According to the criminal code, anyone who wilfully enters into any premises to destroy or to deface or to withhold evidence that may have a bearing in any investigation is committing a criminal offence that is punishable by imprisonment of seven years.”
Pierre said he did not know the circumstances surrounding the police search on the NHC but that he hopes the search was not to withhold, deface or conceal any document.
He continued, “I’m calling on the Commissioner of Police to clear the air as to why the search was necessary because it’s a matter of public comment… the NHC is run and funded by taxpayers, so if there’s any evidence or if there’s any suspicion that there’s something wrong at the NHC, I think the police should make a statement…”
The Opposition Leader added, “When the United Workers Party just got into government… the police with guns and SSU uniform invaded and searched the premises of a private citizen, they took away certain items and up to this day we have heard nothing about it.”
Pierre also referenced police searches of St Jude and of a custom’s broker.