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Christie apparently 'ignorant' of country's laws, says DPP

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 1:10 PM
Greg Christie – File

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says by suggesting the need for new legislation to give the right to appeal DPP decisions, former Contractor General Greg Christie appears to be ignorant of the country's laws.



Last week, Christie, through his Twitter account, said Llewellyn should not be above the law, adding that laws should be amended to provide for a right of review of the DPP's Rulings.



However, in response this morning, the DPP said Christie appears to be ignorant of case laws which give government functionaries and members of the public the right to have rulings reviewed.



She notes that coming out of the non-prosecution of the 1999 alleged police killing of Patrick Genus, the Privy Council recognised that DPP decisions can be reviewed by the Judicial Review Court.



However, she adds that the London court emphasised that it will not likely interfere with the decisions of an experienced prosecutor.



Llewellyn is questioning why Christie did not challenge her rulings on matters he referred to her office when he was contractor general.



She claims Christie's inexperience as a prosecutor may have made him unaware that he could have had her decisions reviewed.



Recently, a Jamaican court gave attorney-at-law Nerine Small permission to challenge a DPP ruling in her case against her former employers, Caribbean Airlines.



Ms Llewellyn and Christie have had a long running public conflict over the operations of the DPP’s office especially regarding prosecution of corruption-related matters.



Christie has endorsed an Organisation of American States report which blasted the DPP’s office for what it calls a general failure to prosecute corruption cases.



The DPP has hit back, noting that her office was not consulted during the OAS review of Jamaica’s anti-corruption institutions.



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