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DPP admits to slow corruption rulings, defends office

Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 | 6:14 pm Comments 0
DPP Paula LLewellyn
DPP Paula LLewellyn

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is defending itself amid criticism about the pace at which it delivers rulings on corruption matters.

The Sunday Gleaner had reported that the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption was concerned about the long delay in rulings by the DPP.

It said so far, the DPP had failed to provide rulings in 77.7 per cent of cases referred to it by the commission.

In a release today, the Office of the DPP admitted that the pace of delivery of rulings on such matters was slow.

However, it said such delay must be understood within the context of the non-delegable responsibilities and the realities and challenges of the Office, which has responsibilities in several areas.

The DPP says it is hampered by the heavy numerical and arithmetic content which sometimes spans years of examination of income versus expenditure.

It said the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption had agreed to provide executive summaries to make the process easier, but has not followed through.

The office of the DPP says it awaits the executive summaries to complete the files and hope they will be made available in short order.

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