Former Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock expressed that he was appalled at the arrest of Najan Christopher last year.
Christopher, the former Director of the International Affairs Secretariat in the Premier’s Office, was arrested and charged in October 2022 for Breach of Trust and False Assumption of Authority. Her arrest came some five months after being branded by Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley as a “rogue” public officer.
It was a moniker she received for allegedly sending a missive on behalf of former Premier Andrew Fahie
, seeking his ‘immediate and unconditional release’ from detention in the US on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
“Something like that could have been dealt with internally, through the Public Service Commission. I’m so appalled,” Willock said on the Zulu 360 show on Tola Radio recently.
Willock, who has himself been embroiled in controversy over the past few weeks, admitted recently to being arrested on suspicion of human trafficking but said he was released without any charges.
The embattled former Speaker noted, however, that investigators kept all of his electronic devices and travel documents following his interrogation, but did not suggest any reason for the seizure.
“[Christopher] wrote a letter simply saying that the former Premier was head of government at the time and diplomatic immunity should be considered. She’s [now] before the courts, off her job, charged with Breach of [Trust], got to lawyer up. How can that be right? How can that be justice?” Willock questioned.
The former Speaker described the treatment meted out to himself and Christopher as harassment and part of a wider vendetta of political retribution.
According to Willock, the plot being instigated was also to convince people that locals are incapable of running the country on their own.
“None of us are good, we’re all bad, we’re all corrupt, we all do illegal things, we all got our wealth through illegal activities – and here are they, holy, and only them can save us,” Willock protested while arguing that this notion should be rejected.