Friday, 26th October, 2018-Hours after a High Court Judge ordered the reinstatement of Wendel Robinson as Commissioner of Police; the Police Service Commission has suspended the embattled top cop for a second time.
High Court Justice Godfrey Smith today quashed the suspension of Robinson that was issued by the PSC in April.
The Commissioner of Police was removed from his position, after allegations of questionable conduct were leveled against him by male officers and civilians.
In its letter of suspension, signed by Chairman Kelvin John on 5th April, 2018, the Police Service Commission wrote that the complaints were deemed “so serious as to warrant its consideration and action, as they are inimical to the discipline and moral within the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.”
As a result, Robinson was suspended in accordance with regulation 16 (a) of the Police (Discipline) Regulations, Cap 330, Volume 2 of the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda, Revised Edition 1992.
But as attorney Dr. David Dorsett explains, the judge found in part that the section under which the top cop was suspended could not have been applied to him.
The Police Service Commission is not backing down, and this afternoon suspended Mr. Wendel Robinson yet again, however, under a different legal basis.
Dr. David Dorsett, Legal Counsel for the PSC.
Mr. Robinson is suspended with pay.
There has been no word from his side on his latest suspension. However, it is widely believed the embattled top cop’s legal team will return to court to challenge the Police Service Commission’s latest move.