July 10 to hear Dottin

Commissioner Dottin and Justice Margaret Reifer at a recent police passing out parade.
Commissioner Dottin and Justice Margaret Reifer at a recent police passing out parade.

The Barbados High Court will on July 10, hear the substantive matter in which the Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin is challenging a decision by Governor-General, Sir Elliott Belgrave to send him on administrative leave. This action resulted from a recommendation by the Police Service Commission to retire Dottin in the public interest. Yesterday, the commissioner filed a fixed date claim and an application for an injunction against the Governor-General and the Police Service Commission.

When legal counsel for the parties met before Madame Justice Margaret Reifer today, she adjourned that aspect of the case until next Friday, to give the lawyers for Sir Elliott and the Attorney-General, Adriel Brathwaite, time to file affidavits and prepare their arguments.

“Hearing of the substantive matter will be heard on July 10. The application for the injunction is urging the court to make declarations that there is no authority for sending the commissioner on administrative leave or making a recommendation (by the PSC) for dismissal, because of a breach of natural justice,” a legal source close to the commissioner told Barbados TODAY.

In a letter to Dottin, Chairman of the commission, Guyson Mayers, informed him about the decision to send him on retirement leave in the public interest. Mayers told the COP that the commission had advised the Governor General to exercise the power conferred upon him by the law, and requested that he [Dottin], “in the public interest, be retired from the office of Commissioner of Police”.

“His Excellency directed the Police Service Commission to provide you with copies of all statements and other evidence which was considered by the Police Service Commission in reaching its decision that you should be required to retire in the public interest, within 21 days of today’s date, 17 June, 2013,” the letter to Dottin stated.

The official correspondence also notified the top police officer, that the Governor-General had further advised, that, within 28 days thereafter, he may provide him with any statement or other evidence or document which, in Dottin’s opinion, would cast doubt on, or completely rebut the case presented to the Head of State by the PSC. (EJ)

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