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Ruling on police dismissal next month

A Supreme Court judge is to issue a ruling next month on whether the Commissioner of Police can challenge an order to reinstate an officer fired for gross misconduct.

The Public Service Commission ruled last August that Police Constable Oswin Pereira should not have been dismissed over allegations that he used “excessive force” against a teenage suspect.

But the Supreme Court has granted Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley leave for a judicial review of the decision by the PSC to replace the dismissal with a “final written warning”.

Lawyer Kevin Taylor argued before Puisne Judge Shade Subair that the PSC had erred in the law when it made its decision.

Ms Subair said she would be able to deal with the case in a day and set a date of February 5 for a final hearing.

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