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Cabinet to discuss JCF arms deal

Published:Friday | September 12, 2008 | 1:35 PM

The controversial arms deal between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and an unlicensed arms broker in the United States could be discussed when Cabinet next meets on Monday.

The Contractor General Greg Christie has written to the Cabinet Secretary seeking the approval of the Cabinet to probe the matter.

Under the law, the Office of the Contractor General is prohibited to independently probe national security contracts without the permission of the Cabinet.

According to The Gleaner, the JCF had purchased millions of dollars worth of ammunition from an illegal arms brokering business in Lauderhill, Florida.

Yesterday, Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin admitted that the force had blundered.

Commissioner Lewin said a report on the matter has been submitted to the Prime Minister, but he declined to give any further details on the issue.