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Attorney General defends domestic violence measures

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 9:41 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) addresses the media on his crime plan at Jamaica house yesterday. With him are Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade, (left) and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte. – Norman Grindley Photo

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte says the government’s directive to the police to begin what it calls the preventative detention of persons involved in domestic disputes conforms to the laws of Jamaica.

Malahoo Forte acknowledges that the directive will stir debate throughout the society, but says the government is confident the measure falls within the Constitution.


Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

The measure is among several initiatives announced yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to stem the increasing number of deadly attacks against women and young girls across the island in recent weeks.

As part of the move, operators of registered taxis and other public passenger vehicles have been given until Monday to remove all tints from their vehicles.

Holness has warned that the police will be cracking down on robot taxis.

Speaking at a Jamaica House press conference yesterday, Holness also announced that local law enforcement agencies will intensify their collaboration with overseas partners to ensure they know everything about Jamaicans who are being deported.

He said special attention will be placed on those persons linked to sexual offences.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the measures will cause disruptions, but says the time for talk is over.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness