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DPP awaiting response from Justice Ministry on 'Kentucky Kid' matter

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 12:55 PM
Paula Llewellyn - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, says she is awaiting official correspondence from the Justice Ministry on its response to complaints made against her office by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).




Last month, INDECOM boss Terrence Williams reported the DPP to the Parliament over the manner in which the Robert 'Kentucky Kid' Hill case was ended, triggering another public rift with Llewellyn.



The DPP ended the case arguing that there was insufficient evidence but in his report, Williams told the Parliament that there was ineffective prosecution of the case.



Llewelyn has disagreed and in a response said INDECOM's report contained serious misstatements and misconceptions of law and policy and suggested that the oversight body itself be subjected to scrutiny.



The DPP told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, that the Justice Ministry informed her office that it intends to respond shortly.



She says it’s expected that the Justice Ministry will outline what steps are being taken to address the concerns raised.



The Cabinet has reportedly discussed INDECOM’s report.



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.



Hill was reportedly killed after three policemen were dispatched by a senior officer to retrieve an illegal firearm from him at Ivy Green Mews on December 8, 2009.



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