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DPP hits back at OAS criticisms of Jamaica's prosecution failings

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, has hit back at the Organisation of American States (OAS) report, questioning its due diligence.

DPP Paula Llewellyn says she does not recall her office being approached during site visits made by the OAS in April.

She says if that had been done, the OAS would have learned that her office is not responsible for the prosecution of most of the corruption cases referred by the State agencies.

She stresses that the DPP's office is not an investigative body and Clerks of Courts headed by the Chief Justice are responsible for the prosecution of corruption cases.

In June, Llewellyn was forced to defend her office over similar claims that not much is being done to prosecute corruption in Jamaica.

She had noted that some state agencies can seek fiats to contract external lawyers to prosecute cases.

The DPP says although the practice exists for public entities to apply for permission to use external lawyers, she has never received such a request from anti-corruption bodies such as the OCG, or the Corruption Prevention Commission.

And regarding outstanding referrals from the Corruption Prevention Commission, she says the commission is not complying with an agreement to submit summaries of voluminous and technical cases to allow for timely rulings.

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