Fri | Aug 18, 2017

Contractor General wants more corruption offenders sent to prison

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:13 PM
Contractor General, Dirk Harrison says prosecutors in these matters should ask the courts to impose the most appropriate sentences.

Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, wants to see more people who have been found guilty of corruption offences sent to prison.

Harrison says the legislation is in place to send people to prison in these cases.

He says prosecutors in these matters should ask the courts to impose the most appropriate sentences.

There has been renewed discussion about the degree of penalties associated with breaches of the Contractor General Act arising from the case of the former Lucea mayor, Shernette Haughton, who is being accused of breaching the government’s contract rules.

A conviction would result in a fine of $1,000 and or 30 days imprisonment.

While not commenting directly on the Haughton case, he says the legislative framework for convicted persons to be given custodial sentences for breaching the OCG Act is in place.

Harrison agrees that penalties could be stronger, but emphasises that sending someone to prison is an option that should be greater utilised.

 

Contractor General Dirk Harrison

The Contractor General was speaking on Nationwide Radio this morning.

His remarks came against the background of today’s observation of the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The OCG will today be hosting two forums for young people as part of its public awareness activities to educate the public about corruption.

The Office is also mounting three anti-corruption billboards, two in the Corporate Are and one in St James, to encourage Jamaicans to stand against the illicit activity.