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Less talk, more action needed to tackle corruption, says Levy

Published:Thursday | September 4, 2014 | 12:36 PM
Horace Levy - File

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security Horace Levy says there needs to be less talk and more action to tackle corruption.




His comment is in response to statements by outgoing head of the Financial Investigations Division, Justin Felice in today’s Gleaner, which indicated that several public officials are under investigation for money laundering.



Felice further disclosed that the investigations are targeting attorneys, major players in the criminal underworld and other facilitators of public corruption.



However, Levy says Jamaicans will take pronouncements about going after the big players seriously, only when actual charges are laid and persons are sent to jail.



He says corruption continues to thrive because persons in the criminal underworld are benefitting from protection and facilitation by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.



The research fellow further says the lack of political will by administrations over the years is also a part of the problem.



He says one of the most critical factors of tackling corruption is reforming the police force.



Levy also says Jamaica needs to adopt much more stringent measures to tackle corruption as is seen in other jurisdictions.



He adds that Jamaicans must also play their part to fight against corrupt practices.



The Research Fellow was speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning.



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