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DPP blasts Munroe for wanting to weaken her office's powers

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:38 PM
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is criticising anti-corruption campaigner, Professor Trevor Munroe, for wanting the constitution changed to weaken her office's powers.

Writing in yesterday’s Sunday Gleaner, Munroe expressed concerns that the powers of the DPP could hinder the work of the director of corruption prosecutions proposed in the Integrity bill now before the Parliament.

He spoke of the hindrance after referring to observations from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) that corruption gets a free rein in Jamaica because it gets little attention from the judiciary, police or prosecutors.

The director of corruption prosecution will be subjected to a constitutional provision which gives the DPP the power to initiate, discontinue or take over cases.

However, Munroe does not like that and wants Section 94 changed.

IN PHOTO: Professor Trevor Munroe

However, the DPP says Professor Munroe, who heads the National Integrity Action appears not to understand the role of the prosecutor.

 

 

She insists that Section 94 exists to prevent abuse of the court system as evidence must be cogent, reliable and credible when mounting any case.

 

DPP Paula Llewellyn

The DPP says judicial review is always open to anybody who feels aggrieved about decisions of her office or other state entities.

Jamaica’s track record of dealing with corruption cases has garnered international attention with reports from the United States and the Organisation of American States over the years criticising local authorities for the treatment of corruption related cases.