Secret files: Former Chief Minister denies involvement

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FORMER Chief Minister Frank Walker has emphatically denied claims made in a memo from suspended police chief Graham Power that he was behind secret police dossiers on States Members.

A memo sent this week from Mr Power to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand says that Mr Walker and another individual asked for the police's help in ensuring that they did not support the nomination of States Members with 'unacceptable baggage' to senior roles.

That second individual threatened legal action and injunction proceedings against the JEP last night to prevent the publication of his or her identity. Mr Walker said yesterday that at no time did he authorise, ask for, or have any knowledge of records being kept on States Members.

The memo says that while checks could not be run on politicians and the results given to Mr Walker, Mr Power thought that the police should be in a position to alert them to anything which had implications for 'good governance'.

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