THE refusal of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ainsley Garrick to arrest a police constable and charge him with terror-related offences has led to the ACP taking more than a year in accumulated leave.

Sources told the Sunday Express that Garrick, who once headed the elite Special Branch unit, and his second in command Senior Superintendent Austin Lee, were transferred last week as a result of their non-compliance with a political directive.

This directive, sources say, would have resulted in a fellow officer being arrested and charged without evidence linking him to a terrorist organisation.

Contacted last Thursday for comment by the Sunday Express Garrick said: “I am not willing to divulge the Special Branch process for reasons of national security.”

“Did you proceed on leave voluntarily or were you asked to do so?” the Sunday Express asked.

“I applied for leave. Any other information, you will have to go through the Human Resources or Communications Department of the Police Service,” Garrick said.


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