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Montague says FLA corrupt or broken, orders probe into missing firearm file

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:09 PM

The Minister of National Security Robert Montague says the systems in place at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) are either corrupt or broken.

The assertion comes a day after the FLA revealed that a file related to a gun licence issued to businessman Patrick Powell was discovered missing last month.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre this morning, the Minister said he has directed the FLA to conduct an investigation into the missing file.

He gave the assurance that the investigation will be open and forthright, saying the people of Jamaica deserves nothing less.

Powell was acquitted last week of murder and shooting with intent arising from the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in July 2011.

Yesterday, the FLA released the findings of an audit of its systems which confirmed evidence presented during the trial that the businessman was issued a firearm licence for a Glock pistol by the St Andrew South Police in October 2003.

According to the FLA, the audit also found that nearly six months later in April 2004 Powell was given another firearm licence, this time by the Manchester Police for a Walther 9 millimetre pistol.

It said within days another licence was issued to Police Inspector Patricia Powell-Wallace for the same weapon.

However, the FLA said when the new board of directors demanded Powell’s file last month it was discovered that it was nowhere to the found.

The FLA said the last established movement of the file was on April 14 last year when an employee in the office of the then chief executive officer made a request from the FLA’s registry.