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JFJ says PM's INDECOM review statements need clarification

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 10:43 AMJovan Johnson
JFJ spokesperson Susan Goffe says she is puzzled by the statement.

Local human rights groups, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), says Prime Minister Andrew Holness needs to quickly clarify his comment that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) law needs to be reviewed.

Holness made the statement at an anti-crime summit in Kingston last week.

However, JFJ says the statement needs clarification, especially in light of the fact that the Parliament reviewed the law in 2015. 

JFJ spokesperson Susan Goffe told The Gleaner she is puzzled by the statement.


JFJ spokesperson Susan Goffe

She says she is not sure what the prime minister is contemplating or suggesting needs to happen at this stage.

Last week, Holness said there was no doubt that the operations of INDECOM are impacting the work of the police force.

He said while the aim is not to curtail the work of INDECOM its operations must be reviewed periodically.

Last Monday, the Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank and file cops, said it was shocked and disappointed that the government has decided against putting in place an oversight body to monitor INDECOM.

Federation Chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson said although INDECOM is a commission of Parliament, the Federation believes it needs an oversight body given that this single agency has been vested with the authority to investigate, proffer charges as well as to prosecute.