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Public Defender's Office/INDECOM to sign agreement

Published:Thursday | May 1, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Public Defender’s Office and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at preventing a duplication of investigations.




Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says the public needs to understand that his office is mainly to seek compensation for alleged abuses by State agencies.



He notes that in cases such as extrajudicial killings, it is INDECOM’s task to mount criminal prosecutions.



Mukulu says the INDECOM commissioner, Terrence Williams, has agreed with the need to establish the agreement to ensure that both entities do not carry out similar investigations.



In the months leading up to Mukulu’s appointment last month, then Public Defender Earl Witter and INDECOM traded words publicly over which body was stalling investigations into the 2010 police-military operation in Tivoli Gardens.



INDECOM has appointed a liaison officer to work with the Public Defender’s office on the drafting of the MoU.



The acting Public Defender says the agreement is expected to be signed by month-end.



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