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Suspension criticised by review

Graham Power: Pic Jersey Police
Graham Power has consistently denied any wrongdoing

A review of the way in which Jersey's chief police officer was suspended has criticised the initial process taken but maintained the suspension stands.

Graham Power was removed from duty last year for allegedly mishandling the inquiry into historical sexual abuse.

A judicial review has showed Ian Le Marquand, Home Affairs minister, acted fairly in maintaining the suspension.

But in the judgment, given by the Royal Court earlier, concern was raised over the actions of the previous minister.

The original suspension process followed by then Home Affairs minister Andrew Lewis and the Chief Executive Bill Ogley was criticised in the judgement.

Disappointed by decision

However the Royal Court proceeding was not to judge the lawfulness of the original suspension, only the suspension maintained by Senator Ian Le Marquand.

In the judgment, the court stated: "The procedure adopted by the Minister in conducting his review was procedurally fair, in contrast, we have to say, to the procedure apparently adopted by his predecessor in November 2008."

In a statement following the judgment Mr Power, who denies any wrongdoing, said: "While I am naturally disappointed that the court's decision means that any suspension must continue for the time being, I am nevertheless encouraged by the comments of the court in relation to the manner in which the first suspension was imposed.

"It is now almost 10 months since the suspension was imposed and no end is in sight."

Mr Power 's original suspension came following the investigation of alleged abuse at the former Haut de la Garenne children's home.

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