Peter German Denies David Eby Influence
Former RCMP officer Peter German, the author behind the two damning and now-infamous reports on money laundering in British Columbia, has denied having been unduly influenced regarding his findings. German during this week’s testimony before the Cullen Commission specifically denied that his reports were in any way influenced or swayed by directions received from B.C. Attorney General David Eby.
Before being hired by the AG in 2017, German spent more than 30 years in the service of the RCMP before retiring in 2012. His commission as consultant for the office of the Attorney General saw him compiling two detailed reports on British Columbia’s money-laundering issues.
No Political Influence
German underwent intense interrogation during the first two days of testimony this week while being questioned by the Cullen Commission’s legal counsel. He denied having ever been directed regarding a particular narrative the reports were to follow, insisting that the views and remarks expressed and described in the reports were his own.
He furthermore also vehemently denied that his reports had been commissioned for the express purpose of delaying an effective response to money laundering in the province. Since a lot of information was at the time being aired for the very first time, said German, massive media speculation was to be expected. German added his reports were never part of or the result of anybody’s political agenda.
The former RCMP officer during his testimony also touched on certain allegations made regarding his reports being based on a lack of actual proof and communication. He referred to some 160 persons he had spoken to and/or interviewed at the time of the compiling of the reports, with many of them listed and cited.
German All About Anecdotes
BCLC legal counsel William Smart during his presentation before the commission this week said that many of the allegations made by German were false. He referred in particular to the allegation that the Crown corporation had not done “enough” so as to ensure an effective tackling of British Columbia’s money laundering challenges.
According to evidence reportedly presented before the commission by Smart, the BCLC had since 2010 constantly urged the RCMP and Gaming Enforcement Branch to go over into action over financial crimes thought to have been taking place in the province. Money laundering made up the largest part of all of that, testified Smart.
The Cullen Commission has in the meantime received an extension for the delivery of its final report. The commission must now complete its investigation and report by no later than Dec. 15 this year.