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Gov't distances self from Crawford's anti-INDECOM stance

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Golding ... declined to say whether Crawford’s comments are acceptable given his position in the government.

The government is distancing itself from the campaign of parliamentarian Damion Crawford against the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

In recent months, Crawford and the Jamaica Police Federation, have been intensifying their stance against INDECOM, which is widely supported by the public.  

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, who has been leading calls for INDECOM to be given oversight, says Crawford’s anti-INDECOM’s views have nothing to do with government policy.

 

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding

However, Golding declined to say whether Crawford’s comments are acceptable given his position in the government.

 

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding

Crawford, who has called for the disbanding of INDECOM, argues that the existence of the entity suggests that the police force is too corrupt to investigate some crimes.

He also criticised the government’s reappointment of Terrence Williams as head of INDECOM.

Crawford, a junior minister in the Tourism and Entertainment Ministry is also the Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew.

INDECOM was set up in 2010 after years of public outcry over the ability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to investigate itself for alleged abuses of the rights of citizens.