September 16, 2021 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) recognizes the desire for a swift resolution in its investigation of the complaint made by Ms Nzinga King, but appeals for patience as it concludes the enquiry. INDECOM is guided by principles of thoroughness and impartiality, and must ensure that all the evidence is examined carefully in establishing the fullest facts of the complaint.
Whilst the initial complaint stemmed from a specific allegation (the cutting of Ms. King’s hair), the investigation has widened into a review of policies and procedures that guide police treatment in public interactions and detention in lock-ups.
The Commission is aware of the heightened interest in this specific case, but also has a responsibility to balance that concern with ensuring that all cases reported, receive equal importance, attention and any professional intervention as the circumstances require. Allegations of assault and unprofessional conduct by the Security Forces, remain in the top five reported incidents to the Commission annually, with 251 such reports received for the first six months of this year.
In the JCF’s media briefing on September 15, the public were informed that the JCF file prepared by IPROB was submitted to INDECOM last week, pursuant to a request by the Commission. This file will require analysis before the Commission completes its Final Investigative Report (FIR). Upon completion of the FIR, the report will be submitted to the Commission’s Legal Department, where it will be reviewed and any legal recommendations will be made in relation to the concerned officers, as well as identifying any areas for improvement.
The Commission’s Report, as produced by the Legal Department, will then be submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for their review and any ruling that they may provide.
INDECOM will not disclose any additional details of the investigation with regard to any specific evidence unearthed until the conclusion of all reports and a ruling from the ODPP.