REAL NEWS: Washington Bramble is refuting an earlier report that she was charged and detained over the weekend by the Police after having being taken into custody last Friday, March 4.
Bramble tells REAL News she was in a meeting with his Permanent Secretary that afternoon when a police inspector and two other officers entered the room and announced they were arresting her “on suspicion of committing a crime.”
According to Bramble, “they never said what crime, but they put me in handcuffs, put me in their vehicle, and drove me to my home.”
She claims the police officers then executed an incomplete search warrant – the signature on which she questioned – and it was then she learned she was suspected of having committed “an electronic crime.”
Bramble says the officers “searched up” her place, as well as her yard, and eventually confiscated her tablet, two cell phones, and a DVD burner, before transporting her to the Langfords Police Station for questioning.
At the station, she reportedly was informed that the Acting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had reported him to the Commissioner of Police, claiming she had used Facebook to incite hatred against her.
Bramble says she gave no answers to the officers’ questions and indicated that she “had no comment.”
She says she was released “after 8 p.m. the same Friday night” – rather than detained over the weekend as REAL News first reported.
However, her devices were kept by the Police, she says, in the event that a decision is made later to have her charged.
Bramble says the “story” about being charged and held was deliberately put out by our Newsroom’s source – because, she alleges, the Acting DPP “has a vendetta” against her.
She says the bad blood stems from a 2017 incident for which she was convicted, but had the conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Further, Bramble says she sued the Attorney-General for injuries she sustained in an encounter with the Police, but she alleges that – out of malice – a decision on it has been stymied by the legal authorities since November 2020.
Meanwhile, she says she will be filing a complaint with the Police Commissioner in a bid to recover her electronic devices and to stop what she considers “harassment” by the Acting DPP.
Bramble adds that she is prepared to escalate the matter to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in St. Lucia.
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