Lives of potential eyewitnesses at risk if full report is made public now – PM

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Lives of potential eyewitnesses at risk if full report is made public now – PM


Making public the report of the investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings by the police force, will not only compromise continued investigations and prejudice potential judicial proceedings, but it may put the lives of potential eyewitnesses at risk, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said.

The report, produced by an eight-member team from the Jamaican Constabulary Force, stated that the 12 police killings during a special task force operation called “Operation Restore Confidence” between 2009 and 2011, were fake encounters staged by the police to legistimise their actions, and called for the prosecution of all the officers involved, Dr. Anthony disclosed in his 27-minute address to the nation on Sunday, March 8.

While revealing the main findings of the report, the prime minster refused to make the entire document public. He said after reviewing the contents of the report, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided that it is not in the public’s interest to make the report public at this time.

“Already, there has been some unwarranted and outrageous speculation and commentary on the contents of the report,” Dr. Anthony pointed out.

“Disclosure of the report would compromise continued investigations, place the lives of potential witnesses at risk and prejudice unfairly those who could face prosecution. The report relies on information provided by persons who spoke on condition of anonymity and we must, at all costs, protect the identity of the witnesses who spoke to the investigators.

“Though these witnesses are not identified in the report, the evidence contained therein could give clues of their identity. Further, disclosure would mean that those who may have done wrong will have advanced warning of who said what to whom about what, when, why, and where. It is best, therefore, that disclosure awaits the filing of charges, if any, and the ensuing legal processes.”

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  1. itssss such a shame how we quick to judge the police when as far as i am concern every blodclat person incharge is guilty the government the police etc

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  2. I find they should release everything my cousin was one who was murdered by those policemen for no reason and you do not want to release their names which we already know but I hope when these officers start falling down like flies Lucian's will not say They do them that or do them this Karma is a miserable Bitch just a matter of time

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  3. If it was good to expose all names and interviewers in the Town and Villages Council investigations because it was against the Yellow now it is good just the same way to expose and not hide because of persons in high position or authority. What is good for one by our leaders should be good for all by our leaders. It is always the little poor man, mallaway suffering the pain, poverty, consequences, shame, embarrassment, no justice and more.

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  4. The law is the law and no one is about it, not citizens nor police nor government . If as a country we start choosing who should the law then we heading for big trouble

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  5. It's sad to see that this once blossomed island reduced to a stated of "mental and antisocial rubble."
    smh.

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  6. The report was based on the information that was given to the Jamaicans who prepared the information

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  7. March 9, 2015

    In response to the article, what has to be done in other to protect the eyewitnesses in this case is to redact their names and make the document available to the public. No harm done?

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  8. Well boy the Jamaican were themselves a subject of an investigation with the terms of reference. So they say that they are not going down alone.

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  9. No police Will be charged if any one get charged we hut the street we support the police not the bad boys

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  10. Is Dr Anthony really thinking about protection of witnesses? As far as i see he may be the main witness in the case. He may also be one who has prejudiced the case if it has to go further. No other person went on the record as having SEEN a hit list. No other person is on "wikileaks." Remember that in a recent case it was established that according to english law that wikileaks evidence is admissable in court. St. Lucia do you smell what is cooking?

    Then again why wasn't Scotland Yard brought to investigate those claims or any other independent group? I am sure the UN would have done it for free. Why wasn't IMPACS asked to investigate the killing of Gobat, in keeping with precedence? Instead Scotland Yard was asked. Is it that we only use IMPACS when convenient? We are talking about investigators that Jamaicans themselves do not even trust and insted have opted for an independent system. Note too they did that while we were considering IMPACS. Even ordinary St. Lucians were expressing the percieved lack of confidence in them. They why should St. Lucians trust them? Is it because our PM says so?

    Insted of this issue being put to rest it has just opened a bigger can of worms. With those asking the questions and providing the answers either muddying the waters or needing to be investigated themselves. Here is a job for the so called independent or investigative journalists in the country. Lests see if we have any who got more balls than Mary. Then again i don't expect anything form any of them, maybe excepting Rick.

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  11. lets see if any member or police or any politician or any business man will be charged as the report found that all these people were some how involved.

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  12. families of those murdered men can now take legal action against the police.... some people are saying they do not care that criminals got killed.... the fact is the police are enforcers of the law... and they must be held accountable for breaking the law...

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    • And knowing how our judicial system is flawed would you rather those vile criminal scum be free to walk the streets goign around shooting indiscriminately. Its the lesser of two evils.

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    • Let's hope that those families get counter-sued by the victims and or families of the victims of the crimes they committed.

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  13. It was Sir Robert Mark (1917-2010),former Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police, who with the famous pronouncement that “a good police force is one that catches more crooks than it employs”,set about attempting to reform it.

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