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Chuck wants criminal cases against cops completed soon

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 5:37 PM

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the speedy completion of criminal cases involving members of the security forces is a priority for his Ministry.

Today, he met with Terrence Williams, the Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and noted that the lives and careers of police personnel remain uncertain when cases against them languish in the court system.

Chuck's meeting with INDECOM came a day after bail was denied for two policemen who are charged by INDECOM with several counts of murder in the so-called Clarendon 'death squad' probe.

The lawyers representing Detective Kevin Adam and Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown made the bail application in the Supreme Court.

Adams, who is charged for the fatal shooting of Anthony Trought is to go on trial on September 19 while the plea and case management for Brown is set for April 1.

In 2014, a total of eleven policemen were arrested and placed before the courts on several counts of murder and shooting with intent arising from incidents which  investigators say were initially reported as homicides committed by civilians.

Last month INDECOM won a case against police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams after a High Court judge ordered the Commissioner to hand over the personnel records of all the policemen charged in the case.