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Details about Gov't's crime fighting measures expected from Montague today

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 9:46 AM
Security Minister Robert Montague.

Security Minister Robert Montague is to make his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament today, amid a spike in crime, particularly in western Jamaica.

Montague is expected to provide details about the Government's crime fighting measures.

Already, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has indicated that the Andrew Holness administration is prepared to make radical changes to cramp the spiralling murder rate.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate yesterday, she said some fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to Jamaicans may have to be abrogated, abridged or infringed.

The attorney general said she had already begun to discuss some of the proposals with the private and public Bar and Chief Justice Zaila McCalla in her administrative role as head of the judiciary.


Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

The attorney general said the government would again seek to amend the Bail Act again.

Malahoo Forte said the Government would also seek to make amendments to other pieces of legislation such as the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act, the Jury Act, the Evidence Act, the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreement) Act, the Firearms Act and the Offences Against the Person Act.

Last week some twenty persons were shot in different incidents in St James, ten of them fatally.

Some private sector groups and the opposition spokesman on national security Peter Bunting have called on the government to allocate more resources to boost crime fighting across the island.