Benjamin wants Jamaica report made public

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Equipment manager for the senior national football team Danny Benjamin wants the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) to make public a report detailing findings of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of himself and head coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards in Jamaica last year.

Benjamin and Edwards were arrested for drug possession at the Norman Manley Airport in March 2018 after a quantity of marijuana was discovered in one of the team’s equipment bags. The former player said it is time for the matter to be brought to a close, adding that the public should also know what the report contains.

“The football president needs to, at least, deal with that part of the investigation and let the public know exactly what’s going on; because, since in Jamaica, I promised the public that the truth will be told and I am still for that, because you went away to represent your country and people have to give account of what they have done,” he said. Benjamin said that based on the last update he received, the report has been completed by the individual or individuals charged to do so.

“The last response I received [from the ABFA] is that they have it [report] and that it is in the hands of the DPP and it is just for the DPP to sign it and then they [ABFA] will bring it to the public. They [ABFA] never mentioned I would be getting a copy of the report, but in all justice we should get a copy of the report to know exactly what it is,” the former goalkeeper said.

Meanwhile, like his colleague, Benjamin said he has gone past the ordeal and is ready to move on with his life. “I totally forgive the individuals who have really did it, but at the end of the day an investigation was carried out and that chapter needs to come to a close. The families also need to see this thing over. They need to make their enquiries and make sure that this thing is over,” he said. The duo was freed in June last year after the prosecutor indicated that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove their guilt.

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