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PM says Emergency Powers Review Tribunal to be named shortly

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 6:31 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left) displays a copy of the Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act, which gives effect to a State of Public Emergency now in place in the St Catherine North Police Division at a press conference at Jamaica House today.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal will be named shortly.

The tribunal will adjudicate on appeals brought by persons who have been detained under the powers granted to the security forces.

This as he says some rights of citizens in the St Catherine North Police Division will be curtailed during the period of the public state of emergency.

Holness made the declaration at a press briefing held at Jamaica House this morning.

He says the enhanced security measure will take effect today and remain for 14 days, initially.

Special focus will be placed on Bog Walk, Linstead, Jones Avenue, Shelter Rock, Lakes Pen, Sligoville and several other communities where criminals have been active in recent weeks.

However, the prime minister says even though some rights will be curtailed, it doesn't mean that the security forces can be arbitrary when dealing with citizens.

During the state of public emergency, the security forces will have the power to search, restrict the operating hours of businesses, have access to all places and to detain persons without a warrant.  

Persons using all roads leading into, and out of St Catherine North will be subject to vehicle and personal search.