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Government to pump $12m into Witness Protection Programme, JFJ welcomes move

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:24 PM

Human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it welcomes the additional spending Government is planning for the Witness Protection Programme in the Ministry of National Security.

Some $12 million is to be pumped into the programme in the upcoming financial year.

The security ministry has indicated in the Estimates of Expenditure that it will be spending $277.3 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year, up from approximately $265.1 million spent during the current financial year.

The programme is used to relocate and provide protection for witnesses for the State in major cases.

JFJ advocacy manager Rodje Malcolm says the additional spending sends a positive signal by the Government about the importance of securing justice.

Malcolm says strengthening the witness protection programme will go a long way in the prosecution of major crimes, especially organised criminal networks.

 

JFJ Advocacy Manager, Rodje Malcolm