AN Inspector of Police has been charged with the obstruction of justice.
David Subero, 48, who is presently on suspension was charged with the offence on Tuesday shortly after being arrested on the same day when he appeared before Justice of the Peace Dube, on Tuesday, police reported on Wednesday.
He was granted bail in the sum of $200,000. The matter was adjourned to June 22 and transferred to the Siparia Magistrates’ Court.
Police stated that Subero was alleged to have met with a man on November 24, 2020 in Siparia and had a conversation with him about a statement he previously recorded with police and information regarding an ongoing investigation being conducted against him. The man refused to divulge the information as requested and was allegedly told that, “If he was on the side with those people he will come after him.” The man enquired from the accused what he meant by those words as it was his duty to provide a statement, to which the accused said, “Whoever coming at him, he needed to defend himself and if the man was part of them, he will be coming for him.”
Officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) conducted an investigation into the incident. The accused was arrested on Tuesday and advice sought from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, who gave instructions to lay the charge of obstruction of justice. Subero was charged on that same date by Cpl (Ag) Simon of the PSB. Subero has three matters pending before the courts.