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No laws without evidence, says Gomes

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Executive Director of Jamaicans for Justice Dr Carolyn Gomes is cautioning the police force against proposing what she describes as draconian solutions to problems that are not supported by data.

Gomes was responding to calls by Police Commissioner Owen Ellington for effective legislation that denies criminal suspects from other jurisdictions freedom to enter the country and enjoy the benefits of criminal proceeds.

Commissioner Ellington was making a presentation on Tuesday to the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament.

In his presentation, Ellington claimed that Jamaica was being exploited as a soft spot for alleged high-profile multiple murderers and drug traffickers from overseas, because of the absence of tough legislation to deal with organised crime and gangs.

However, Gomes wants the commissioner to present evidence that supports his claim that high-profile criminals are using Jamaica as a haven to carry out their activities.

She reasons that persons could not establish themselves in Jamaica without first obtaining a work permit.

According to Gomes, the commissioner is blaming legislation for the failings of the police force.


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