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JFJ seeks to quash Hewitt's promotion

Published:Monday | April 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE JUDICIAL Review Court has reserved its decision in the motion brought by the human-rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) over Senior Superintendent of Police Delroy Hewitt's promotion last year.

JFJ is seeking an order to quash the recommendation of the Police Service Commission (PSC) for Hewitt to be promoted from superintendent to senior superintendent.

The human-rights group is asking the court to find that the PSC acted unreasonably, because it refused to investigate several incidents of shootings and abuses arising from complaints allegedly made by residents against Hewitt and his team.

Investigations not done

Attorney-at-law Richard Small has argued that although JFJ had asked the PSC to investigate the allegations, that was not done. JFJ contends that it was by way of the news media that it heard that Hewitt was promoted.

Attorney-at-law Lackston Robinson, who represents the PSC, has argued that the PSC did not have the power or authority to investigate matters, because it was not an investigating body.

Robinson has asked the court to dismiss the motion because JFJ failed to verify the complaints that Hewitt was guilty of misconduct.

Supreme Court Judge Bertram Morrison heard the final submissions last Thursday and reserved his decision.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com