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Justice Minister welcomes INDECOM court ruling

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding has described yesterday’s court ruling in the case brought by eight policemen against the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) as an important occurrence.



The Court of Appeal yesterday struck out an appeal filed by the cops challenging a Constitutional Court ruling that INDECOM has the power to request statements from members of the force.



Speaking at a public forum hosted by human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice yesterday, Senator Golding emphasised that the powers possessed by officers of INDECOM to arrest, charge and prosecute do not undermine the constitutional authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions.



He also pointed out that a Joint select Committee is now reviewing the Act which established INDECOM with the view of improving the legislation in an effort to clarify some of the issues which have emerged.



Senator Golding reiterated that the government is fully committed to ensuring a strong, independent and adequately-resourced agency.



He acknowledged that INDECOM requires further resources for optimal execution of its mandate and promised that more financing will be provided for the Commission.



The Justice Minister also encouraged continued cooperation between members of the security forces and INDECOM.



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