British High Commission terminates Sittlington’s contract
The British High Commission has terminated the contract of Dr Sam Sittlington, who has been serving as Advisor to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
British High Commissioner to Guyana , Greg Quinn confirmed the move. “In light of information about Dr Sam Sittlington’s private business interests his contract in Guyana has been terminated with immediate effect,” a statement attributed to Quinn read.
Reports are that the move was made after information published in the Stabroek News on Thursday indicated that Sittlington ,an Irish financial investigations expert, is in the process of setting-up his own fraud investigations company in Guyana.
Sittlington has been working with SOCU on a number of high profile cases and his recent move may have been seen as a conflict of interest.
While responding to queries made by the Opposition last March, Quinn reported that Sittlington’s role at SOCU was one in which he served in an advisory and training capacity and not in an operational role.
The British High Commissioner stated at the time that Dr Sittlington’s at SOCU contract was funded by the British High Commission and was designed as a follow up to his work with SOCU in 2017.
The financial investigations adviser was tasked with working with the Director of SOCU, Sydney James, and was responsible for reviewing all current investigations carried out by SOCU, provide advice and guidance on each case, as well as in relation to liaising with other agencies–external and internal–in order to progress SOCU investigations, provide practical advice and guidance to the DPP and AG’s lawyers on proceeds of crime matters, conduct meetings, workshops, research and training and submit reports on his work and findings. Sittlington will serve in that capacity until 2020.