Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Young: Await facts in sex suit probe

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young is warning against presupposing blame in the circumstances surrounding the dismissal and payment of $150,000 compensation to a former assistant to former Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith.

Responding to questions from reporters at Thursday’s Post Cabinet media briefing, Young said he would not delve into the realm of speculation, but would await the findings of the independent probe by a three-member committee chaired by Former Permanent Secretary and Human Resource Expert Jackie Wilson.

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The committee is expected to deliver its report in two weeks.

“Let us await the outcome of an investigation to see. You all are all going down a road that is presupposing that there has been wrongdoing on the part of Minister Smith. I don’t know who has been participating in any wrongdoing.

I as a person would prefer to await the outcome of a report where a committee has been set up to look at the specific circumstances.

At this stage, Minister Smith continuing as the MP for Diego Martin Central does not come into play, whatsoever.”

“If there is an outcome where there is a complete absolution and it is found that the Minister did not participate in anything, then that will fall under the discretion of the Prime Minister as to what decision he takes,” Young continued.

He stressed that an independent probe is best practice as it protects against possible accusations of coverups or anything untoward.

Meanwhile, asked to comment recent revelations in a fraud case against National Security Minister Edmund Dillon that he was ordered to repay US citizen Neville Piper, return the deed to Piper’s condo, and relinquish all documents and interests pertaining to Piper, Young said it was a personal matter to the Minister.

 

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