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Increased focus on addressing corruption in Jamaica
Published on August 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Alphea Saunders

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- National Security Minister Peter Bunting says there is increased intensity and focus on addressing corruption and organised crime in Jamaica.

Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, announces the merger of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Monday, August 4, at a press conference held at the Police Officers’ Club. JIS Photo
“If you look at what has happened over the last couple of years… there has been no period when so many public officials, professionals, (including lawyers, engineers, businessmen, persons in the tax department, policemen, politicians) have been charged by either MOCA or the ACB…and we are just getting started,” he stated.

The minister was responding to questions regarding the success of anti-crime and anti-corruption units of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), at a press conference on Monday, where he announced the merger of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA), Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the JCF.

Meanwhile, Bunting said that feedback from United States law enforcement is that the partnership with Jamaica under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Bill, has seen unprecedented levels of cooperation.

More than 600 persons have been charged under the lottery scam law, since it was enacted 15 months ago.

Bunting noted that over 20 cases related to lottery scamming have gone through the courts, all resulting in convictions.
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