DPP to share Penner files with COLA

By Marion V. Ali
Staff Reporter

The Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has reportedly decided to join the Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action in their private prosecution against former Minister of State in Immigration, Elvin Penner.
The case is scheduled to continue next Thursday, and The Reporter was made to understand that COLA wrote to Vidal this week to officially inform her of their private prosecution of Penner.
That application was filed in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on February 28th.
The letter to Vidal also informs her that if her office does not prosecute Penner, COLA intends to do so privately.
The letter continues by inviting the DPP to share all pertinent files on the investigation with COLA..
Vidal, we were told, has responded to COLA’s letter, saying that she will join COLA in court next Thursday.
Vidal has also reportedly agreed to meet with COLA prior to the court date on March 27th.
The Reporter tried to reach the DPP for comment but efforts were futile.
COLA meanwhile, will hold a press conference before the court proceedings to update the public on this new development.
COLA has also written two other letters, one to the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie and another to the Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley, also requesting all files or information pertinent to the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act.

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