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Good move, DPP Llewellyn

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I have read the response by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn to Les Green, former assistant commissioner of police, regarding the controversial article published in the Miami Herald. In the article, Green purported that in 2011, he, and by extension, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, had reliable and substantial evidence linking a Jamaican official to criminal activities, and the DPP's office, in some way or the other, prevented or did not support the move to prosecute this official.

The DPP's response paints a completely different picture in my mind from the one painted by Mr Green in his interview with the Miami Herald. I certainly do not have the facts or evidence on which either party relied to support their actions, hence, I am left confused.

If we are to believe Mr Green's side of the three-sided coin, then the DPP and some of her close advisers should be sacked for dereliction of duty. However, if we are to take the DPP's side of the story, then Mr Green ought to apologise to the DPP and her office.

In my own opinion, the DPP and her office have always been above board in their duties. The DPP has always maintained that personalities, emotions, hearsay and public perception cannot stand up in a court of law. She is a fine and eminent prosecutor who looks at real evidence, rather than emotions and gut feelings - all of which are recipes for a prosecutorial disaster.

I think I believe the DPP's side of the story, and I am pleased that she has cleared the air.

Devion Lindsay