Director of Public Prosecution, Colin Williams, says he assigned the case against Sen. Vynnette Frederick to his deputy, Colin John, to avoid accusations that he was vindictive.
Frederick is scheduled to return to court Nov. 13 to answer nine charges against her, relating to false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence.
The nine charges against Frederick were laid on July 11 after a magistrate dismissed six charges against her.
Williams said he recused himself from the case even before the decision was initially made to bring any charges against the opposition lawmaker.
“When the matter was sent to the Office of the DPP — the file and the documentation — from the time I saw it, I wrote to the Commissioner of Police and I said in relation to this matter, this person (John) has exclusive control of it. Let them decide if there is sufficient evidence, let them evaluate it. In other words, don’t liaise with me. And I did so for a particular reason,” Williams said on a radio programme this week.
“… Why would I do such a thing? Now, you have to appreciate that there is a little history between, not necessarily between Vynnette directly — Miss Frederick directly — but her father and I,” the DPP explained.
“We are just out of a situation where he would have taken the state to court saying that I should be disbarred and so forth.
“So I said, boy, for the removal of any appearance of … any bias or anything, let me stand out, let somebody else deal with that, because I don’t want if the process turns out a certain way that it appears to be that I was in being vindictive or anything so.
“So, I took a backseat in relation to that. And there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t have to therefore vet anything in relation to the matter…” the DPP further said, noting that the Constitution allows him to vest the powers of the DPP in someone else.
The DPP, however, appeared when the charges came up for hearing at the Mesopotamia Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
I-Witness News understands that the Assistant DPP is on vacation.
All charges against Frederick stem from the contents of affidavits she filed as part of criminal complaints against Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves following the 2010 general elections.