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Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 5:38 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says he should only be judged by the way the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens were planned, executed and monitored. At the West Kingston Commission of...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 1:40 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A Kingston magistrate has further delayed her ruling on whether the St Mary teen suspected of trying to join Islamic militants is to remain in police custody. The Magistrate was expected to make a decision this morning upon receiving a social...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has testified that a risk assessment conducted before the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens suggested that the death toll "could have been much higher".Ellington, who was giving evidence...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 6:42 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington today conceded that the Jamaica police did not explore the possibility of filing criminal charges against convicted drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Ellington also said the Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 4:35 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

After hours of contemplation, a magistrate has ruled that the St Mary teen suspected of trying to join a militant group be remanded in police custody until Tuesday. The magistrate has also ordered a preliminary social enquiry report into the...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Secretary to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Maria Jones has conceded that the hearing is running well behind schedule.The admission came after yesterday's sitting of the three-member panel was adjourned early without any public hearings....

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 4:05 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Family Court is to rule tomorrow on whether the teen detained on suspicion that he was trying to join Islamic militants in the Middle East should be released from police custody. The court has issued a gag order barring attorneys and police in...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE NATION'S former police chief yesterday revealed that in the last decade, the west Kingston-based 'Shower Posse', or 'Presidential Click' gang - under the direction of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke - "invested" in a stockpile of firepower that made it...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 3:02 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says after 2001 the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke-led gang Presidential Click significantly upgraded it's firepower. In 2001 there was a commission of enquiry into another police-military operations...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 2:45 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says the nation is fortunate that the security forces were able to repel the attack on the state by the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke led Shower Posse back in 2010. Ellington, who was testifying before...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:10 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has revealed that days before the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens there were reports that an aircraft carrying a "shipment of guns" landed at the Vernamfield airstrip in...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 11:10 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Attorneys for the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller have until May 4 to provide a magistrate with written submissions outlining why the corruption charge against him should be dismissed. Prosecutors have been given until May 11 to respond and...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Almost two weeks before United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the island, the Government has rolled out a major road repaving programme across sections of the Corporate Area.The project covers much of the route Obama is expected...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 1:37 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A magistrate has barred the media from publishing the names and other identifying information for the remaining witnesses in the corruption trial of the juror accused of trying to bribe his peers in the Vybz Kartel murder trial. Resident...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

One of the jurors who served on the 11-member panel that convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel has revealed that the discussions in the jury room sometimes strayed to matters that were not related to the trial. Dennis Brown, the man who served as juror...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 9:07 AMLivern Barrett

One of the jurors who served in the Vybz Kartel murder trial admitted yesterday that he "works” with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). Dennis Brown made the admission in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court as he gave...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The attorney for the juror accused of offering some of his peers $500,000 bribes to influence the outcome of the Vybz Kartel murder trial has raised concerns that the cell phone used to record the alleged incident was returned to its owner, who...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 1:50 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The corruption trial of the juror accused of trying to bribe his colleagues in the Vybz Kartel murder trial failed to get underway today after his attorney raised a number of concerns. Livingston Cain is facing five counts of attempting to pervert...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE United States (US) STATE Department has warned that Jamaica's overburdened justice system is crippling the country's efforts to fight corruption, international drug trafficking, and violent criminal gangs.The warning was contained in the latest...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 3:28 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A nine-year-old student and a policeman are now in hospital after they were both stabbed in the head during an incident in downtown Kingston a short while ago. Their attacker - described as a man of unsound mind - managed to elude the police and is...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Cabinet is to decide today whether the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), scheduled for this week, will be postponed as the fire at the Riverton City disposal site in St Andrew continues to wreak havoc across much of the Corporate Area and St...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

JAMAICANS HAVE chosen to remain silent rather than use whistle-blower legislation to report improper conduct, whether in the public or private sector.Almost three years after the legislation - properly called the Protected Disclosures Act - was...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:02 AMLivern Barrett

Lawyers for well-known attorney Harold Brady have revealed that the $37 million at the centre of the fraud case brought against him is being held by a commercial bank to ensure that the transaction was not in breach of the Proceeds of Crime Act (...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Harold Brady yesterday became the second high-profile attorney to be slapped with fraud-related charges this week, as the Police Fraud Squad revealed that since the start of the year, it has received several reports from persons complaining of being...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 3:59 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Well-known attorney-at-law Harold Brady has been arrested and charged by investigators at the police Fraud Squad. Attorney Raymond Clough, who attended the question-and-answer session held this afternoon, says Brady has been charged in relation to...

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