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Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation's chief prosecutor has confirmed that her office is now in possession of two lists from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) with the names of 37 candidates from the last general election who have either failed to file their declaration...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Former Attorney General Patrick Atkinson yesterday indicated that he could not disclose whether his office provided the legal advice former National Security Minister Peter Bunting relied on when he issued a certificate in January this year that...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Former National Security Minister Peter Bunting exceeded his authority when he issued a certificate in January this year that shielded members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) from prosecution for the use of mortars during the May 2010 police-...

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation's solicitor general, Nicole Foster-Pusey, is warning that granting the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) a warrant to search the army's Up Park Camp headquarters could shake international confidence in Jamaica.The warning...

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

United States authorities are in possession of separate 66-count indictments charging that the eight persons arrested on extradition warrants during a series of police operations in western Jamaica last week were part of a criminal organisation...

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The three-member tribunal probing the conduct of the May 2010 operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens has signalled that it intends to make adverse findings against a number of senior police and military witnesses who gave...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Nearly a quarter of the more than 500 cases before the Home Circuit Court could be tossed out if a call by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck for judges to dismiss criminal cases that have been in the system for a minimum of five years is heeded.There...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Local health authorities were caught off guard late last Friday night when a critically ill Jamaican man, who had been working at the United States military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was airlifted to a Corporate Area hospital without any...

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A magistrate is to reveal today whether she will allow evidence given by retired Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington to the west Kingston commission of enquiry to be used in the corruption trial of popular pastor the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller....

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 3:06 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Retired president of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) Earl Richards has described popular pastor the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller as a man of integrity. Richards was giving character evidence in Miller's corruption trial, which...

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A detective sergeant yesterday recounted how one week after two Surinamese men were held with cash totalling US$533,284, or approximately J$55 million then, during a traffic stop along Half-Way Tree Road in St Andrew in 2014, popular medical doctor...

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 2:56 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A police sergeant today recounted how he secretly recorded a meeting in which popular medical doctor Jephthah Ford offered him millions of dollars to end a criminal probe against two Surinamese men and release the US$533,886 or approximately J$55...

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

National Security Minister Robert Montague has moved to tackle the vexing issue of promotions within the police force, amid widespread charges that the process is fraught with cronyism.Montague, who took over the national security portfolio just...

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Less than a week into his tenure as minister of national security, Robert Montague revealed yesterday that he had given the green light to a multifaceted anti-crime campaign developed by the Police High Command to crack down on hardened criminals,...

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The police bodyguard assigned to former National Security Minister Dwight Nelson will remain in place.Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams gave that assurance yesterday even as he indicated that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) would continue to...

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The management of the state-owned Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) should be blamed for allowing more than $1.5 million in charges to be racked up on the cell phone issued to its former chairman during the first two years after his...

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Though Maurice Henry demitted office as chairman of the state-owned Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) in February 2012, $1.5 million in charges were racked up on the same company cell phone issued to him over a 22-month period after...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Agents of the United States (US) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are expected to travel to Jamaica in the coming days to take possession of just over J$100 million, or close to US$1.7 million (at the exchange rate that existed between 2011 and 2014), which local authorities have traced to Jamaica-born ...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2016 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett

The People's National Party (PNP) is to establish an appraisal committee that will be asked to examine, in details, the factors that led to its shock defeat in the last general election.PNP Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson indicated...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 4:58 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Ballots from 15 of the 108 boxes had been counted so far in the magisterial recount for the St Mary South Eastern constituency. The recounting began this morning at the Civil Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 12:50 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Members of the media have been barred from watching the magisterial recount for the controversial St Mary South Eastern constituency now underway at the Sutton Street Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court in Kingston. It is, however, not...

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 11:47 AMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The magisterial recount for the controversial St Mary South Eastern constituency is now underway in downtown Kingston under the watchful eyes of high-powered attorneys for both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP)....

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 3:03 AMLivern Barrett

Amid lingering questions about the conduct of the country's 17th general election, Orrette Fisher, the man in charge of the electoral machinery, has received a huge vote of confidence from the head of the commission established to oversee its...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:03 AMLivern Barrett

A member of the police high command has welcomed the tributes being showered on the security forces for a largely incident-free election day, and had high praises for what he described as the mature way Jamaicans went out and cast their ballots.For...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 4:16 PMLivern Barrett

ST ANDREW EAST RURAL Viviene Burris and her sister Alicia McClarty sit on either side of the political divide, but says that cannot shake the bond they share. The two laughed and hugged each other amid the scattering of both Jamaica Labour Party (...

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