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Panellists support call for Commission of Inquiry into Customs saga

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Panellists support call for Commission of Inquiry into Customs
saga

By Theresa Goodwin

theresa.goodwin@antiguaobserver.

There is
strong support for the call made by the Political Leader United Progressive
Party (UPP) Harold Lovell for an independent inquiry into the alleged $3
million scam at the Customs and Excise Division.

During
an appearance on Sunday’s Big Issues, Attorney-at-law
Charlesworth Tabor and Vice President of the good governance group, The
Movement, Dr Cleon Athill, both believe that the scam at the government
department, and the subsequent shooting of a Customs officer are so egregious
that it warrants a Commission of Inquiry.

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Earlier
this month, Lovell penned separate letters to each of the following five
officials, namely Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, National Security
Minister Steadroy Benjamin, Acting Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney, and Comptroller
of Customs Raju Boddu, demanding each of them to launch investigations into the
two matters.

At that
time, the UPP Political Leader said he was especially concerned that within 48
hours of the scam being revealed, one of the Customs officers involved in the
investigation was shot five times at his home in an apparent attempt on his
life.

Dr
Athill said while the Prime Minister has made the information public, there is
a seemingly lack of interest to investigate the core facts of the case.

She also stated there is a lack of trust in Browne’s ability to pursue the matter in the way it should be handled.

Read more in today’s newspaper

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