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Jamaica: SOE Buys Time To Hunt For Evidence – Cop

Pressed by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) senior legal adviser John Clarke, a senior cop attached to the Westmoreland Police Division admitted in court on Monday to detaining individuals under states of emergency (SOEs) until enough evidence was gathered to charge them.

Justice Bertram Morrison ordered last week that five men – Everton Douglas, Nicholas Heat, Courtney Hall, Courtney Thompson, and Gavin Noble – be taken to the Supreme Court.

In Monday’s court hearing, the senior police officer, the third witness called by the Government, disclosed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) acted on a standard operating procedure in making arrests under SOEs. However, the policeman argued that detainees were held for longer periods without being charged partly to gather evidence.

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