New CoP to probe disappearance of 500 rounds of ammo seized by police

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New CoP to probe disappearance of 500 rounds of ammo seized by police

Five hundred rounds of ammunition that was seized by police officers from a licensed firearms dealer late last year has reportedly disappeared.

New Police Commissioner, Erla Harewood-Christopher has now ordered a probe.

News of her launching an investigation comes just as UNC MP Roodal Moonilal called on her to begin such an action.

During a UNC media briefing on Sunday, Moonilal said “In this country we have a disease of missing files, now we have missing ammunition…The police must explain this today.”

Reports state that the ammunition was seized during an audit of the Chaguanas based company Firearms Training Institute Limited (FTI) back in October of last year.
The business is owned by Towfeek Ali.

A judicial review lawsuit was filed by Ali and in January a High Court Judge granted an injunction, ordering the TTPS to return Ali’s firearms and ammunitions pending the outcome of the case.

The TTPS returned the items, but after the handover was completed, it was indicated by lawyers for the firearms dealer that 500 of the 1,230 rounds of 9mm ammunition that was seized from the client was not returned.

The TTPS later assured that all seized items were returned and that there was a tally error.

However, reports state that the legal team for Mr Ali is likely to file contempt of court proceedings over what transpired.

Moonilal said the information surrounding the disappearance was “not adding up.”

He pointed out that 500 bullets in the hands of the wrong people could spell death for 500 more people, lead to 500 home invasions or 500 robberies.

Commissioner Christopher said the matter is now engaging the attention of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB).