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Opposition wants update on proposed UK prisoner transfer deal

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:36 PM
The Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting, said Montague should address the matter when he speaks in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament this afternoon.

The Opposition wants the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, to reveal the status of the proposed prisoner transfer deal by the United Kingdom.

The Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting, said Montague should address the matter when he speaks in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament this afternoon.

According to Bunting, the national security minister should also address the matter of building a new prison to tackle the country’s problem of overcrowding in the island’s correctional facilities.

 

Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting

He made the call in his contribution in the Sectoral Debate in parliament yesterday.

Last September, the Portia Simpson Miller-led government indicated that it had signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with the UK government to discuss a £25 million grant to Jamaica to construct a modern maximum-security facility as part of a proposed prisoner transfer agreement.

As part of the deal, some 300 Jamaicans with up to 18 months remaining in their sentences in the UK prison system would be sent back here to complete their sentences.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) which was in Opposition at the time was among several local groups which rejected the proposed agreement.

Since taking office in March, the JLP has not publicly stated whether its position has changed.