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DPP makes formal ruling in criminal investigation involving JLP politician

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 6:45 PM
Llewellyn ... the formal ruling was requested by head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell.

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, says she has now provided the police with a formal ruling that her office could not mount a viable prosecution against a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) politician based on the 2011 findings of a criminal investigation presented to her office. 

Llewellyn told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the formal ruling was requested by head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant  Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell.


DPP Paula Llewellyn

Last Tuesday, the DPP said a file submitted in April 2011 by Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green did not have the quality evidence on which to mount a viable prosecution as the witnesses "had interests to serve".

IN PHOTO: Former ACP Les Green

According to her, additional information requested has not been forthcoming.

Questions about the case have been resurrected by a July 14 publication of a story by the Miami Herald.

The US newspaper quoted Green as saying there was sufficient evidence for a prosecution.

Last Thursday, Green, who left the JCF in July 2012, issued a statement dismissing Llewellyn's initial response that he could have gone ahead and charged the politician if he thought the case was strong enough.

The National Security Minister, Robert Montague said his ministry is reviewing records on the case.

That review is, among other things, aimed at explaining why the ministry did not approve witness protection for one of the two key witnesses in the case.