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Bahamian gov't writes J'can officials on alleged rape

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

JAMAICA'S MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says it has received formal notification from its Bahamian counterpart advising it of the investigation of the allegations of a sexual assault by a Bahamian immigration officer against a detainee who is a Jamaican national.

In its correspondence, the Bahamian government said it would not tolerate actions of the kind alleged, and has placed the immigration officer on administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe.

The foreign affairs ministry in Jamaica has told Bahamian authorities that it is looking forward to the strongest possible measures to be taken to investigate the alleged violation, and is requesting that Bahamas take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the alleged victim and her family.

In addition, there has been telephone contact between the foreign ministers of both countries, where the concerns of Jamaica have been expressed. The Bahamas underlined the seriousness with which they are dealing with the issue.

The ministry reported that Patrick Hanlan, the Honorary Consul of Jamaica in the Bahamas, has been in close contact with both the Bahamian authorities and the Jamaican national, who has indicated that she is reasonably comfortable at this time.

Last week, The Gleaner reported that a Jamaican woman living in the Bahamas was allegedly abducted and raped by a senior immigration officer in The Bahamas.