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Call to include cops and Customs

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Call to include cops and Customs

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Members of the police force and Customs officers, as well as people in the private sector who seek to corrupt politicians and public officers, must also be captured in the net of the Integrity In Public Life Bill 2018.

Those suggestions came from former diplomat Orlando Marville and former Member of Parliament Mark Williams on Wednesday when they appeared before the Joint Select Committee in the Senate Chamber.

Marville, who said he was asked by late Prime Minister David Thompson to draft similar legislation, which went into File 13 on his death, argued it was easier for Customs and police officers to be corrupted, than a “minion” in the public service because decisions were not made by them, but permanent secretaries, for example.

When prompted by chairman Attorney General Dale Marshall whether it was necessary to extend it to the junior ranks of the force, Marville said emphasis should be on situations. (SAT)

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