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Christie: Jamaica should follow US Justice department in crackdown on corruption

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Former contractor general, Greg Christie, says the Government should follow the example of the United States Department of Justice in its crackdown on alleged corrupt activities at football's governing body, FIFA.

A total of 14 persons have been indicted by the Department on multiple charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

FIFA and corporate executives are being accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than 150 million US dollars over a 24-year period.

Christie says the department’s efforts in the FIFA case should serve as a guide to Jamaican authorities as to how corruption should be tackled.

He notes that US’s justice department has been on record stating that investigating foreign bribery is second only to matters of terrorism.

The man who once headed Jamaica’s leading anti-corruption watchdog agency notes that public and private sector officials who are complicit in acts of corruption and bribery should now be acutely aware of the long arms of the US Department of Justice.

The former contractor general stresses that Jamaica should support its anti-corruptions agency, the Office of the Contractor General, and its efforts to weed out corruption in government.

The former Contractor General pointed out that in the past the Government has taken the OCG to court to challenge its authority. 

Christie was the country's contractor general in 2012 when the government mounted the legal challenge.