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Chuck says INDECOM should initiate more prosecutions

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Former Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, should step up its efforts to initiate prosecutions.

Chuck made the comment on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM this morning as he reacted to the latest public rift between the police oversight body and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn.

The rift stems from INDECOM boss Terrence Williams’ reporting of the DPP to the Parliament over the manner in which the 'Kentucky Kid' murder case was ended.

Chuck is questioning why INDECOM continues to have the DPP rule on all its case when it has the legal backing to initiate its own proceedings.

He says INDECOM should start utilising its right more often, when it is satisfied that a case has been made out.

Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that INDECOM and its investigators had the power to arrest, charge, and prosecute members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In the meantime, Chuck says care should be taken not to burden the DPP’s office by having all potential cases go to the office for a ruling.

He says the DPP’s office should still maintain its oversight function for all prosecutions but where certain agencies can, they should initiate prosecutions.


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