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JLP WATCHING DEVELOPMENTS IN “DEATH SQUADS” ISSUE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:45

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) said today that it welcomes the probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into allegations of extrajudicial killings by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), as well as the commitment of the police high command to cooperate fully with the investigations.

According to Opposition spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, the possibility of so-called “death squads” operating within the JCF, must be a matter of deep concern for the Force itself, and the country at large. It would therefore be to the benefit of all concerned for the matter to be properly investigated and reported on, so that all doubts and speculation can be removed, and greater faith and trust placed by the people of Jamaica in its protectors.

Mr. Smith noted that accusations of multiple judicial killings and speculation about death squads have marred the image of the JCF for many years.  He said that it was the very need to rebuild trust in the Force and to ensure that those policemen responsible for tarnishing the Force’s good name, that the JLP had created INDECOM in 2010.  He said that the Opposition has taken note of the renewed interest in the issue, fueled by recent reports in the Press of confessions made by persons connected with the JCF, as well as the subsequent quick denial of the existence of death squads from the Police High Command. The issue, according to Mr. Smith, has intensified since, with the allegations of police officers in Area Three being involved in multiple murders and arrests being made.

“The JLP therefore welcomes the probe, as well as the cooperation offered by the Commissioner of Police and the High Command of the Force to enable INDECOM, and possibly the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to do their job without fear or favour and let the chips fall where they may,’ Mr. Smith said.

“The JLP will, in the meantime, be watching these developments with the utmost interest on behalf of the people of Jamaica, who must have trust and faith in their protectors, the police force.

 

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