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Tivoli Report: Amend Extradition Act

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The legislation government extradition should be amended to give the minister responsible a set timeframe to make a decision on the authority to proceed.

That?s the recommendation of the Sir David Simmons-led West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, which investigated the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens.

Below is the full text of the commission?s recommendations relating to the Extradition Act:

As the law presently stands, there is no time limit within which the Minister responsible for extradition requests must issue an authority to proceed.

Extradition proceedings in the Magistrate?s Courts do not involve the determination of innocence or guilt, and a fugitive is not stopped from invoking such legal challenges to the request as he/she may be advised.

We recommend that section 8 of the Extradition Act be amended to make it mandatory that the Minister make a decision on authority to proceed within a finite time.

It is recommended that where a request for the extradition of a resident or a fugitive is made and the Attorney General intends to sign the authority to proceed, this should not be publicised.

It is further recommended that immediately upon its execution, the Attorney General should inform the Commissioner of Police.

Please see full report at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/tivolireport.