Ex-Mountie faces grilling from former minister’s lawyer, repeats earlier testimony

Ex-Mountie faces grilling from former minister's lawyer, repeats earlier testimony

By the Canadian press on November 17, 2020.

Former BC attorney general Kash Heed announces he will step down from the cabinet during a press conference in Vancouver on Friday April 9, 2010. A lawyer representing Heed is due to interrogate a retired RCMP officer during a public money investigation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – A retired RCMP officer reiterated his earlier testimony to the British Columbia Public Inquiry into Money Laundering today that former Cabinet Secretary Kash Heed told him the government’s gaming secretary was aware of organized crime in casinos.

Fred Pinnock, who was interrogated by a lawyer representing Heed, testified that he was “stunned” in 2009 when Heed told him the then-gambling minister was more concerned about making money for the government than about making money for organized criminals fight.

Heed’s attorney, Peter Senkpiel, told the investigation that the former Liberal cabinet minister had concerns about Pinnock’s memory of the 2009 conversation and his interpretation of three taped conversations he had with Heed in 2018.

Pinnock says his memory may have faded over time, but the essence of Heed’s comments on former Games Secretary Rich Coleman and organized crime in casinos in 2009 is still clear to him.

According to Pinnock’s earlier testimony, Heed was granted limited status during the investigation last week.

The British Columbia government appointed Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen to lead the public investigation into money laundering after three reports uncovered how hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit cash hit the provincial real estate, luxury vehicle and gaming sectors affected.

This Canadian press report was first published on November 17, 2020.