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INDECOM facing another legal challenge

Attorney Chuck Cameron
 
There has been another challenge to the INDECOM Act.
 
Lawyers representing a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been granted leave by the Supreme Court to seek judicial review on whether INDECOM can question their client without the knowledge of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
 
Leave was granted last week.
 
INDECOM wrote to Constable Delmond Grant in September last year requesting an interview with him in relation to the May 2015 fatal shooting of Alvin Allen in the Pear Tree River community in St. Thomas.
 
The cops had reported that Mr. Allen was one of three men who engaged the police in a shootout in the area.
 
Another suspect, Dorshan Prince, was captured and later charged in the incident.
 
He is now awaiting trial for the offence of shooting with intent before the St. Thomas Circuit Court.
 
But attorney Chuck Cameron said he is strongly opposed to INDECOM seeking to question Constable Grant, who is a witness in the case against Mr. Prince.
 
Mr. Cameron said he will be seeking several declarations from the Judicial Review Court regarding the powers of INDECOM to question the policeman.
 
"INDECOM is trying to question him without seeking the permission of the DPP. As a result of that, we are asking the court to review the lawfulness of the exercise of its investigative cause in those circumstances," he explained. 
 
He said he wants the court to quash the notice served on Constable Grant to give a statement to INDECOM.
 


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