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Opposition supports INDECOM

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

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THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says it welcomes the investigations 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 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.

"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," Smith said.

The Opposition spokesman also 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 policemen/women responsible for tarnishing its good name were dealt with, that the JLP had created INDECOM in 2010.

"The JLP, therefore, welcomes the probe as well as the cooperation offered by the commissioner and the Police High Command to enable INDECOM, and possibly the director of public prosecutions, to do their job without fear or favour and let the chips fall where they may," Smith said.

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