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Gov't owes millions for police actions, taxpayers to foot bill

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 9:55 AM

Jamaican taxpayers are being asked to foot a hefty bill in legal payouts arising from the actions of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who have been accused of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and assault and battery.

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte disclosed yesterday that for the 2015/2016 fiscal year the Government owed judgment creditors a total of $301.9 million.

Of this amount, 46 per cent or approximately $138.9 million arose from police actions.

Thirty-four per cent of the claims arose from accident and personal injury as well as medical negligence.

The total sum owed by the Government as at June 27, 2016 is $512 million, before interest is applied.

The figure up to June 2016 includes sums from financial year 2014/2015.

In her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Gordon House yesterday, Malahoo Forte said the Government could not afford to incur any further liability for the actions of state agents.

 

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

She disclosed that the Litigation Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers has been in dialogue with the Commissioner of Police on the issue.