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More news in brief - November date for Kamoza Clarke murder case

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The five policemen
facing murder charges arising from the death of Kamoza Clarke, who died
as a result of a beating sustained while in police custody last October,
had their bails extended when they appeared in the Clark's Town
Resident Magistrate's Court Wednesday.

District Constables Alwayne
Eccleston, Desmond Lawrence, Tristan Turner and Onecko Brown, and
Sergeant Derrick Henry had their case set for mention on November 26,
after the court was informed that a number of documents in the case were
still outstanding.

Brown, Eccleston and Henry are charged with
murder, and Turner and Lawrence with neglect of duty, arising from
allegations that they were involved in an attack on Kamoza Clarke, on
October 20, 2013, while he was in the lock-up at the Falmouth Police
Station.

IMF completes fifth review of Jamaica's performance

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday completed the fifth review of Jamaica's economic performance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

A team from the fund was on the island last month, reviewing the country's performance under the EFF.

With the review now completed, the country will be able to access an additional US$68.8 million from the fund.

According to the IMF, the country's programme is on track. In a release issued yesterday morning, the IMF said Jamaica's economic performance supported by the EFF has remained strong.The fund says gains from Jamaica's demanding reform programme are emerging. It says growth is projected to reach just over one per cent in 2014/15, while inflation is trending down to about eight per cent. However it notes that downside risks remain relatively high.

Conspiracy case against Kartel, Gaza Slim dropped, for now

State prosecutors have, for now, dropped the conspiracy case against convicted entertainer Adidja Vybz Kartel Palmer and Gaza Slim.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn yesterday entered a nolle prosequi, officially informing the Corporate Area Criminal Court that the Crown was no longer pursuing the case.

Kartel and Gaza Slim, whose given name is Vanessa Saddler, were charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

André Henry, alias 'Pim Pim' was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The possibility of the case being withdrawn was hinted at on Monday, when the case came up for mention and the DPP requested time to consider her options, including a request from defense lawyers to discontinue the case.

Kartel's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says he wrote to the DPP asking her not to go ahead with the trial based on the technical evidence that came out in the artiste's murder trial which ended in a conviction in April.