Holness-admin Scoffs At Opposition Threat To Take Legal Action Over Use Of SOEs


The Andrew Holness-administration is hitting back at the Opposition, People’s National Party, over plans to take legal action against the government for prolonged use of the States of Public Emergency.

Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips told the media, on the weekend, that the Court needs to make a determination on the issue.

This despite several Opposition Members of Parliament and Senators, voting consistently to support the government’s use of the enhanced security measure. 

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte says the Opposition must also take responsibility for extended use of the enhanced security measure. 

She says prior to the new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom, the government could have used simple majority in Parliament, to extend a State of Public Emergency. 

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Attorney General, addressing the Opposition Crime and Violence Prevention Summit Today. 

In the meantime, National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang says the government is not daunted by the impending court challenge. 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has suggested that the government may use the States of Emergency for about five years, to bring murders to tolerable levels. 

But Dr. Chang says that may not be continuous use.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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