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Revoked! Senior cops lose US visas

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair
A passport with the American visa.

Two high-ranking police officers have reportedly joined the list of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) whose visas have been revoked by the United States government.

While the reasons for the revocations are unclear, The Gleaner understands that the visas were yanked just recently.

These two senior officers are attached to two sensitive areas of the JCF. One climbed up the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) over the years, before he was recently reassigned. The other has been very active in the operational arm of the police force.

A top law-enforcement officer, who spoke with The Gleaner on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday that the visas of the two well-known lawmen were revoked.

While not disclosing much, the officer further stressed that more members of the JCF are likely to have their visas revoked soon.

As is protocol, the US Embassy refused to confirm the reports.

"Under federal law, visa records of the US Department of State are confidential. Therefore, we cannot comment on individual visa matters, including possible revocation," the embassy stated in an emailed response to Gleaner queries.

Since 2010, the embassy has cancelled a number of visas, including those of some high-profile individuals, following the extradition of confessed drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

extra-judicial killings investigation

The persons impacted include members of the business community, politicians and security personnel.

The Gleaner understands that since the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) launched an investigation into allegations of extra-judicial killings in Clarendon by so-called 'death squads' within the police force, several members of the JCF have come under the microscope of the international community.

When contacted yesterday, a spokesperson at the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency said the agency was unable to confirm if the visas of the two senior officers had been revoked.

"They were not a part of any investigation that we are pursuing," the spokesperson said.

glenroy.sinclair@gleanerjm.com