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Holness says crime testing his leadership, but he's not taking easy way out

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has admitted that the wave of crime across Jamaica has tested his leadership, but says he’s not willing to take the easy way out to end murders.

He was speaking this morning at the start of the two-day Multilateral Crime Summit underway in Kingston which coincides with this week’s revelation that Jamaica had surpassed 630 murders up to June 10.

Since then, there have been other reports of multiple fatalities.

This morning, Holness said criminals have acted in ways which are sometimes astonishing.

He admitted that it is eroding the confidence of citizens in the security forces.

However, Holness said the Government is not willing to compromise human rights to end the violence.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Holness also said while the public wants swift action, the authorities must take a calculated approach to tackling crime.

He said this approach must be based on intelligence.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness