Call for secret debate on Graham Power to be made public

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Call for secret debate on Graham Power to be made public

Post by GD on Mon 28 May 2012, 6:26 pm

A Jersey politician is asking the States to allow parts of a secret debate into the suspension of a police chief to be made public.

Deputy Mike Higgins said the case against former chief Graham Power had never been proven.

Mr Power was suspended in 2008 over claims he mishandled the historical abuse inquiry into ex-children's home Haut de la Garenne.

The debate was never published despite no charges being brought against him.

Deputy Higgins was not a States member when a statement by the then Home Affairs Minister was made during an "in-camera" discussion.

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The purpose of this proposition is to right a wrong.
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Deputy Mike Higgins
None of what was said about the reasons why Mr Power was suspended has been published or broadcast.

But Deputy Higgins claims those in the States at the time were misled.

He wants the statement and questions to the minister at the time, Deputy Andrew Lewis, to be made public.

But he said he could not set out the reasons to back that up in public, so any debate would also need to be held in secret.

Deputy Higgins said: "The purpose of this proposition is to right a wrong."

He said it was not to "debate whether or not [Mr Power] should have been suspended later, on the basis of information obtained at great expense to the public purse after his original suspension, but to look purely at the original suspension itself."
(from BBC)


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