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Holness condemns alleged threats against Father Ramkissoon

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2012 | 6:35 PM

Opposition leader Andrew Holness has condemned alleged threats made against well-known Catholic clergyman Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon.

According to media reports, the well-known founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, has been receiving threats following his criticism of the government’s response to a policeman’s slaying of an eight-month pregnant woman in St Thomas. He has also criticised the state for its handling of the eviction of dozens of adults and children from a property on Duke Street in downtown, Kingston recently.

During an address at the St Ann’s Bay Pentecostal Church this morning, the opposition leader called the threats un-Jamaican and said the country was departing from a path of righteousness. He says the church should not to be afraid to stand against wrong and must pray for the leaders of the country.

Opposition spokesman on National Security Delroy Chuck says Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and National Security Minister Peter Bunting must swiftly condemn the threats made against Monsignor Ramkissoon.

He says they should also ensure that the police provide security for his safety.

Chuck says all Jamaicans have a right to freedom of speech and should not be threatened into silence for publicly speaking against ills in the society, whether it involves government, the opposition or any other group of persons.

The opposition spokesman says the threats made against Monsignor Ramkissoon are a reflection of a hostile environment and the government’s sensitivity to criticism.