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Police Federation reviewing court ruling

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 9:51 AM

The executive members of the Jamaica Police Federation are to meet with their lawyers on Friday to decide how to proceed after losing a major court case yesterday.



In a significant ruling, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is empowered to arrest and charge police personnel.



The Police Federation was among a group of entities which took INDECOM to court challenging whether it was authorised to arrest cops.



Police Federation chairman, sergeant Raymond Wilson says following Friday's meeting with the attorneys, a special assembly will be called with rank and file members to settle on the way forward.



In the meantime, he is urging rank and file members of the constabulary not to be alarmed by the court ruling.



The Police Federation and the other applicants had filed an application in court after INDECOM investigators arrested and charged Corporal Malica Reid with the murder of Negril businessman Frederick ‘Mickey’ Hill in November 2010.



In their ruling, Justices Horace Marsh, Lennox Campbell and David Fraser said the powers of the INDECOM Commissioner and his investigators in no way dilute the DPP’s constitutional authority to continue, takeover or discontinue any prosecution.



They also said there is no requirement for prior ruling by the DPP before members of the police force can be arrested and charged by INDECOM and its investigators.



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