It happened to me ... Chuck said cop leaked his complaint to suspect
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says he has personal experience of police personnel passing his name to a suspect minutes after he shared information with investigators.
Chuck did not say when the incident happened.
But at parliamentary committee meeting today, he echoed the frequent complaint mainly from inner-city residents that police personnel are tipping off gangsters about the identity of individuals who share information with investigators.
"I have had that happening to me," the justice minister told the joint select committee established to review the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act.
"I told the police who was responsible only for the man to call me back in five minutes to ask me why am I calling his name. So I know for a fact that it happens," he recounted.
As a result, Chuck wants the amended anti-gang law to provide "serious" penalties for law enforcement personnel who divulge confidential information about informants.
"That is something that is preventing so-called informers from providing information," Chuck insisted.