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Opposition JLP denies seeking more security for its leader

Published: Sunday February 3, 2013 | 12:32 pm Comments 0
Opposition spokesperson on national security, Delroy Chuck -file photo.
Opposition spokesperson on national security, Delroy Chuck -file photo.

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is denying reports that it has requested additional security for its leader following a statement by the prime minister which referred to him as an 'enemy of the state'.

The Opposition spokesman on National Security, Delroy Chuck, says claims that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has written to Police Commisioner Owen Ellington seeking additional security for Andrew Holness are not true.

In a release issued last evening, Mr Chuck said the claims by National Security Minister Peter Bunting were false. He said the public letter to the police commissioner was a precaution to place on record the party’s objection and concern about a statement made by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on a public platform.

Addressing a town hall meeting last Wednesday, Mrs Simpson Miller questioned whether Mr Holness was an “enemy of the state”.

Mr Bunting had dismissed Mr Chuck’s concerns that the statements had put the Opposition leader’s safety in jeopardy and suggested that Mr Chuck was wasting the police commissioner’s time.

However, Mr Chuck maintains that the issue is not minor. He says the JLP has been examining the political code of conduct with the intention of filing a formal complaint to the political ombudsman.

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