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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 (...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 12:07 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Trevor Smith, a former member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) turned up at the army's Up Park Camp headquarters in St Andrew early this morning to cast his ballot for the People's National Party (PNP), but learned that his name was not on the...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 11:39 AMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has directed its commanding officers at military bases across the island to make arrangements for some members of the army to vote on Thursday. This was disclosed today by JDF Electoral Officer Major Denston Smalling...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 8:57 AMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A small number of police personnel are now lined up at one of several polling stations established at Harman Barracks in St Andrew as voting gets underway for members of the security forces and election day workers. Voting has been going smoothly...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge has ordered Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to hand over to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) the personnel records of all the policemen now facing criminal charges for allegedly being part of so-called '...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Residents in the tough St Andrew communities of August Town and Back Bush in St Andrew Eastern have declared that there will be no return to the political violence that caused them to bury numerous relatives and friends over the years despite a...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 11:30 AMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

After 90 days of testimony from 94 witnesses, including former government and high-ranking law enforcement officials, the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry into the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens came to an end Friday. Retired...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 3:46 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons has signalled that the three-member tribunal would not be recommending that retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders and the army's mortar expert Major Warrenton...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 11:40 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Office of the Public Defender says murder charges should be filed against retired Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders and the army's mortar expert, Major Warrenton Dixon. The attorney representing the Office of the Public...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 11:17 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons has signaled that the three-member tribunal will not be afraid to make strong findings where necessary. "We will make strong finding where we have to. We won't shirk our...

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