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PSC begins hearing into leak document

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The Public Service Commission (PSC) in Grenada has started an investigation into allegations that a female civil servant who is suspected to be aligned to the defeated New National Party (NNP) in the June 23, 2022 general election was the person behind a leaked confidential document from her workplace.

Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the probe started Monday during the weekly sitting of the commission that is headed by female attorney-at-law Debra St Bernard.

It came weeks after the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) was asked by the government to investigate the leak which included an interview with the suspect.

These PSC sessions are always held behind closed doors with the Public Officer having the right to show up for the hearing in the company of a lawyer. In the past Public Officers were required to sign an Oath of Confidentility.

There are reports that newly re-elected Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Public Workers Union (PWU) Daisy Hazzard showed up at the PSC office to give support to the embattled female public officer who lives on the West coast of the island.

Speculation is rife that a female acting Permanent Secretary under the former NNP administration was also implicated in the leaked document which was the $5000.00 a month contract awarded to the former Minister of Sports, Patrick Simmons.

The female public officer was apparently caught in a sting operation that was mounted to find the person who was leaking information from the ministry to a radio personality linked to the NNP party of defeated Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

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The female public officer is being accused of taking a snapshot of the contract with her cell phone and then giving it to the acting Permanent Secretary who then handed it over to a former female government minister in the NNP regime who then passed it onto the NNP radio personality.

Within minutes of the information reaching the public domain, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Alva Brown requested the help of the FIU to find out the culprit.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the FIU was able to retrieve information from an Iphone belonging to the female public officer that allegedly linked her to the leaked document.

One high-level public officer described the leaked document as “only the tip of the iceberg” in the passing of information from public officers with the ex-Prime Minister being the recipient of “a ball by ball coverage of the internal happenings” in the Congress government.

The suspect is said to have many complaints in her personal file at PSC but no serious action was ever allegedly taken against her over the years due to her known affiliation to Mitchell’s NNP.

Grenada has become a very politically divided island with half of the country supporting the NNP and the other half associated with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell.

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