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Someone should be held accountable for missing Powell file – NIA

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 10:46 AM
Executive Director of the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action, Professor Trevor Munroe.

The Executive Director of the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, is demanding sanctions where appropriate at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) over the missing file of businessman Patrick Powell.

The FLA has been under scrutiny since it revealed on Tuesday that Powell's firearm file is nowhere to be found at the agency.

Powell was last week freed of the shooting death of schoolboy Khajeel Mais, but remains before the court on a charge of failing to produce his firearm for inspection.

Professor Munroe says the case of the missing Powell file highlights issues of negligence and dereliction of duty.

He emphasises that Jamaica’s fundamental principles of accountability and transparency require public officials to be held accountable.

Professor Munroe also says it's unacceptable that previous FLA boards did not act on the 2011 request by the police to revoke Powell’s firearm licence.

 

NIA Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe

Yesterday, former FLA chairman Errol Strong said the board did not revoke the licence because the police failed to provide a supporting statement.

However, the police say they had provided the FLA with a comprehensive report.

Professor Munroe says the development may affect public trust in the country’s governance structures such as the justice system, the Parliament, and elections.

 

NIA Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe

The national security ministry has instructed recently appointed acting Chief Executive Office at the FLA, Lincoln Allen, to undertake a probe of the missing file as well as the system shortfalls at the firearm regulator.