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Jamaica: Punish Liars! – Former Permanent Secretary Calls For Sanctions On Public Officials Who Mislead Parliamentary Committees

Jamaican laws should be upgraded to provide tough sanctions for public officials who mislead or lie to parliamentary committees, Dean-Roy Bernard, the former permanent secretary in the education ministry, has said.

He said that penalties should be applied similarly to what currently obtains with congressional committees in the United States.

In a submission to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which The Gleaner has seen, the former permanent secretary charged that some public officers who showed up have deliberately concealed information and have misled the committee.

Bernard, who is now engaged in a legal battle with the Government over his transfer from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Finance, said that he hopes the findings of the auditor general are adequately scrutinised to ensure that truth is unveiled and the responsible officers are identified.

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