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Call for public inquiry over Graham Power suspension

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

There should be a public inquiry into the way Jersey's chief police officer was suspended, a politician in the island has said.

Graham Power was suspended in 2008 amid allegations about his handling of the investigations linked to the Haut de la Garenne children's home.

Deputy Bob Hill now wants the States to set up a committee of inquiry.

But Senator Terry Le Sueur, the chief minister, wants a separate review carried out by an independent expert.

Wiltshire Police have been carrying out an independent investigation into the management of the Historic Abuse Inquiry.

Deputy Hill told BBC Jersey: "I've asked the minister, in the interests of justice, to ensure those who are suspected of malpractice have the opportunity of putting their case forward before a public inquiry committee.

I have concluded that an independent review should be carried out
Senator Terry Le Sueur

"Wiltshire are looking into the justification for the suspension - they're not looking into the way the suspension was conducted.

"What the committee of inquiry will cost will be nothing more than about £15,000.

"The committee is a body of people made up from the public, they will not get paid, they will be sworn before the Bailiff to carry out their duties."

Mr Power is due to retire from the Jersey police force in August.

The 63-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing and remains suspended.

Senator Le Sueur has written to Deputy Hill to explain his stance on the situation.

In the letter, he said: "I have concluded that an independent review should be carried out to establish the exact nature of the procedures adopted.

"I will be appointing an independent external expert to carry out a review and will undertake to make the report available to States members."

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