The Po­lice Ser­vice says the search war­rant for the raid on the Ex­press’ of­fices on Wednes­day was not ob­tained on the in­struc­tions of the act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said yes­ter­day.

Young was re­ply­ing to a query from UNC Sen­a­tor Wade Mark who asked whether the search war­rant was ob­tained on the in­struc­tion of act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Ir­win Hack­shaw.

Young said the Po­lice Ser­vice is an in­de­pen­dent body and their ac­tions on probes are in­de­pen­dent. “In this par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stance, I as Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter had no in­for­ma­tion pri­or to it and was giv­en no brief­ing be­fore the search,” he said.

He said there’s an on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he was ad­vised by the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al there’s now lit­i­ga­tion sur­round­ing the cir­cum­stances and he didn’t want to say more. Young stressed Gov­ern­ment had ab­solute­ly no role to play in the mat­ter.

Young said he got no re­ports from the po­lice, but he had a con­ver­sa­tion with one in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer where it was con­firmed it was an on go­ing probe.

“From the time that lan­guage is used, I as Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter, don’t in­trude what­so­ev­er on in­ves­ti­ga­tions. I just told them they must al­ways be cau­tious when it comes to the me­dia and free­dom of press. I leave the po­lice ser­vice to do their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

Young’s Sen­ate ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day was his first in Par­lia­ment since Tues­day’s in­ci­dent where he took a tum­ble from a stage at the open­ing of the Pe­nal Fire Sta­tion. He dis­lo­cat­ed his shoul­der.

Dressed in a for­mal shirt and trousers yes­ter­day, he was sans jack­et since his arm was in a sling. Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Chris­tine Kan­ga­loo said the Sen­ate would waive the Stand­ing Or­ders on at­tire due to his cir­cum­stances.

When Young en­tered the cham­ber, he was warm­ly greet­ed with a big smile and se­mi “bounce” from UNC’s Wade Mark who was walk­ing along the cor­ri­dor.

Be­fore Mark posed his ques­tions to Young, the UNC Sen­a­tor said, “I wish my ho­n­ourable friend a speedy re­cov­ery and though we en­gage in light ban­ter, when some­thing like this (dis­lo­cat­ed shoul­der) hap­pens we all must be in sol­i­dar­i­ty,”

“Bash him (Young) now,” an­oth­er sen­a­tor teased Mark af­ter Young said, “I thank my col­leagues on all sides for their well wish­es.”

Reporter: Gail Alexander