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JCF formally closes corruption probe involving Joseph Hibbert

Published:Friday | June 21, 2013 | 10:56 AM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has officially stated that it is no longer pursuing a corruption probe involving former government minister, Joseph Hibbert following his death on Saturday.



Hibbert was accused of corruption after British bridge-building company, Mabey & Johnson confessed in the United Kingdom to paying him kickbacks.



In 2009, following an investigation, former Contractor General, Greg Christie had recommended that Hibbert be charged for corruption, perjury and for breaching the Contractor General Act.



Last night, the JCF said up to the time of Hibbert’s death, investigation into the corruption allegations were being actively pursued.



The JCF says it was set to visit the UK to gather evidence as part of its probe following an intervention of the Director of Public Prosecutions under the mutual legal assistance treaty.



On Tuesday, DPP Paula Llewellyn defended her office’s role in the matter, noting that the OCG’s report could not form the basis on which to mount a viable prosecution in Jamaican courts.



In his report, Greg Christie had said Hibbert, who served as a technical director in the Ministry of Transport and Works, breached government regulations when he accepted payments from the firm between 1993 and 2003.



Hibbert denied the allegations and subsequently resigned as junior minister and did not offer himself as a candidate in the last general election. 



The Jamaica Labour Party has called for Hibbert's name to be cleared as no evidence has been brought to support the allegations.



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