By Marion Ali
Lead investigator in the Penner case, Assistant Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett, confirmed Thursday that he is in possession of the Penner case file.
Blackett said that his office received the file about two weeks ago from the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, with instructions to conduct further investigations and include more evidence.
The DPP has said that she forwarded the file to the police over a month ago with those specific instructions.
Blackett says that the police are complying with those instructions, but when asked if the work will be completed by June 26 when the private prosecution of Penner will resume, he could not say.
“I cannot set a timeline on that. Some work that needs to be done is beyond our control. …We have requested certain things. It is beyond our borders and as soon as that is clarified.”
One of the documents that the DPP has requested is the fraudulent passport of Won-Hong Kim, whose entire file at the Immigration Department has mysteriously gone missing.
That passport, at last report, was said to be on its way from Taiwan to Belize.
It is one of the key pieces of evidence that COLA is relying on to make its case against Penner. The organization is expecting that travel document to arrive in Belize in time for Thursday’s case.
Blackett could not give a status report on the location of the passport, which Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse has requested to be returned to Belize.