Mohammed who insisted yesterday that he committed no wrong when he made statements before a Joint Select Committee of Parliament over an ethnic imbalance in the Police Service, said he is going to ensure the matter of his dismissal won’t die a natural death.
“I am thinking about ways and means of keeping the issue alive by encouraging public discussion and inviting police officers to talk with me about their internal problems and it will be treated with the strictest confidence,” Mohammed said. Mohammed who is an attorney with a law firm in San Fernando, said he is in possession of information about police officers being deliberately kept down where promotions are concerned, and is willing to speak out on behalf of these officers.
“I am willing to be the voice of all these officers who feel they are being victimised and who feel the system is working against them, to talk with me and help me to help them to resolve these issues once and for all.”
With respect to information that Mohammed was preparing to wage a legal battle against President Richards over the revocation of his appointment, Mohammed said that unless he is so directed by his legal team, he prefers not to say anything more on this matter at this time.
Newsday understands that a team of attorneys are at this time drafting a letter to be sent to Richards asking for the reasons before the President’s decision to revoke the appointment.
Up until late yesterday this letter had not been sent to the President. Mohammed told Newsday that before the revocation of his appointment on Monday, he was in the process of writing the appointment letter for new Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, but never got the chance to complete it. He said however that the existing PSC board members are expected to meet today where this letter could be approved.
Mohammed came under heavy fire for statements made at a Joint Select Committee of Parliament two Fridays ago, and this led to the revocation of his appointment. Government sources revealed that Addison Khan, a member of the Police Service Commission is being considered to fill the position as chairman.
Khan is the only PSC chairman who did not openly condemn Mohammed for his statements at the Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
Khan indicated on Tuesday that he was ill for most of this week and did not attend Monday’s press conference hosted by the other three PSC members, because he was only invited via email and did not read the email until late Monday evening. Khan said he wanted peace between the PSC members, but added that he saw no division within the Commission and had plans to attend today’s meeting of the PSC.
Yesterday, former PSC chairman Christopher Thomas said he did not wish to comment on matters involving the current Police Service Commission or Mohammed’s revocation.