PSNI corruption probe halted
A NUMBER of court cases based on the evidence of seven PSNI officers currently under investigation for misconduct are set to be halted.
It is understood that several cases due to be heard at Dungannon Magistrates Court in the coming weeks are to be put on hold until the PSNI’s anti-corruption unit completes a full investigation into the allegations.
It is believed the pending court cases are for a variety of offences, including disorderly behaviour, and are alleged to have happened within Cookstown district.
In addition, it is believed that at least one local solicitor has contacted clients who were recently convicted at magistrates court level to say their cases may come under review again pending the results of the PSNI’s internal investigation.
The news could mean thousands-of-pounds worth of public money spent on delaying and reviewing cases.
The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed that it is liaising with the Professional Standards Department of the PSNI in relation to their ongoing investigation.
On July 28th it was announced that two police officers had been arrested following an investigation into alleged corruption in Cookstown.
Five other PSNI officers from the same team have been moved to other duties.
A full investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s internal anti-corruption unit is under way.
The two officers have been released on bail and are currently suspended from duty.
Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said the service expected officers to act with integrity at all times.
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