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Cabinet approves proposal affecting Pratt and Morgan Ruling

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2010 | 6:03 PM

Cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom, which seeks to close the loophole exposed by the landmark Privy Council ruling in the Pratt and Morgan Case.

Information Minister, Daryl Vaz said Cabinet will soon issue drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

Earl Pratt and Ivan Morgan were convicted of murder and sentenced to death on January 15, 1979.

However, after serving 30 years in prison the two were released in 1993 when the United Kingdom Privy Council ruled that delays of five years and more constitutes cruel and inhumane treatment contrary to the Jamaican Constitution.

At today’s post Cabinet press conference, Mr Vaz told reporters that the proposed changes will fix this.