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Secret life may have come back to haunt PNP activist – brother - Probe under way into passport, visa racket

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 12:42 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown

Brother of murdered People’s National Party activist Kevin Brown said that while his younger sibling was quite popular in political circles, his super-secretive lifestyle may have come back to harm him.

“I knew him as a very kind, quiet individual, too secretive, though, and that is probably the reason why he never came and talked to us about things he was undertaking,” Mark Brown told The Gleaner yesterday.

“The things he did, whether at work or with the party, were kept to himself. He was always like that, and this is the result,” said Mark Brown.

The younger Brown, a member of the PNP affiliate youth arm, the Patriots, and justice of the peace, was killed along Chesterfield Drive in St Andrew on December 11, 2019. He was 44.

The St Andrew South police believe that Brown, at the time of death, was involved in a passport and visa racket.

50 Passports found

In a newscast carried yesterday by RJR News, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the St Andrew South police, said that 50 passports were found in Brown’s possession.

According to Cameron, statements have already been collected from two persons whose passports were found among the 50.

The divisional police chief, however, said that the circumstances that led to Brown’s death remain unclear.

“Hearing the kind of news that points to some untoward activity that my brother perpetrated is distasteful, and there has to be a sense of deep disappointment, but I am no judge or jury of anybody’s misconduct.

“If it is true, then all I can say is that he did what he thought he should, which was illegal, and therefore, sometimes things catch up on us. I think it was probably one of the reasons that led to his life being taken,” said Brown.

The elder brother told The Gleaner that he had been unaware of allegations of racketeering by his brother before his death.

“I will never justify his actions, even now he was killed, nor would I condone it in any way, but people are people, and he was my brother. All the family can do is to love him and honour his memory,” said Brown.

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