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More international scrutiny for Jamaica's anti-corruption mechanisms

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Jamaica's anti-corruption mechanisms are to receive further international scrutiny.

The Organization of American States (OAS) says Jamaica has agreed to receive on-site visits from teams following up on the implementation of a convention on corruption.

Jamaica, Suriname, Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are to be assessed under the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

Last year, the OAS released its latest report on Jamaica’s mechanisms for preventing, detecting, punishing, and eradicating corrupt acts under the Convention.

That report criticised Jamaica's prosecutorial agencies, especially the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for what it called a general failure to prosecute corruption cases.

However, the DPP Paula Llewellyn, says her office was not approached during site visits made by the OAS in April 2014.

According to her, if that had been done, the OAS would have learned that her office is not responsible for the prosecution of most of the corruption cases referred by State agencies.