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DPP could be called before parliamentary committee

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 9:32 AM
Paula Llewellyn - File

The nation’s chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn could be asked to appear before the Parliament to explain her office’s handling of the controversial ‘Kentucky Kid’ murder case.

More than a week after the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) fired off a scathing report to the Parliament about the way Llewellyn’s office handled the case, Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, has revealed that the issue is likely to be put before a special committee.

Paulwell’s disclosure came on the same day Llewellyn, who is also the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), issued a 31-page rebuttal to the INDECOM report.

The House Leader says the special parliamentary committee could be tasked with holding deliberations on the ‘Kentucky Kid’ case and said both the DPP’s office and INDECOM would be called in for discussions.

Kentucky Kid, whose real name is Robert Hill, was an aspiring entertainer who complained of constant police harassment and even circulated what he said was a video recording of a beating he got from members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The police subsequently killed him in December 2009 near his Ivy Green Mews home in St Andrew in what was reported to be a shootout.

In her rebuttal, the DPP argued that the INDECOM report contained serious misstatements and misconceptions of law and policy and suggested that the oversight body itself be subjected to scrutiny.

The DPP said her office is of the view that similar to the police force, there should be a direct oversight body to receive complaints from persons who feel they may have been victims of an abuse of power by INDECOM.

She argued that this is important as INDECOM, like the Jamaica Constabulary Force, has the ability to affect the liberty of a citizen.


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