JCSA steps in on unauthorized taping claims

The Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA, has now stepped into the picture as intrigue deepens over reports of  the unauthorized taping of  conversations of  a Junior Minister by a ministry employee.   

On Monday, the RJR News Centre reported that State Minister in the Agriculture Ministry, Ian Hayles, had written to Permanent Secretary, Donovan Stanberry, requesting a probe into claims that his conversations were taped by the ministry's director of pPublic relations and communications, Cecil Thoms.

Mr. Hayles has reported the matter to the Organised Crime Investigation Division, OCID.

Vice president of the JCSA, Robert Chunhg, told the RJR News Centre that the organization is monitoring the unfolding events.

There has, however, been no official statement from the Agriculture Ministry regarding allegations of unauthorized taping of the Junior Minister.

RJR News Centre has not been able to reach Minister Roger Clarke for a comment.

In a November 23 one-page letter to the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Hayles referred to a November 15 correspondence where he claimed Mr. Thoms handed him a mobile phone, asking that a conversation be deleted from the instrument.

Mr. Hayles noted that concern was raised when in erasing the information, it reportedly contained conversations of other senior officials, including the Agriculture Minister and Mr. Stanberry.

Mr. Hayles wrote that the level of breach must be urgently addressed.                                                         

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