Integrity Commission Says No Rift With Dirk Harrison


The Integrity Commission says it has no rift with its Acting Director of Corruption Prosecution, Dirk Harrison, despite disagreements.

Neika Lewis reports.

Integrity Commission Chairman, Retired Justice Karl Harrison, made the declaration at the media briefing this morning.

Commissioner Harrison says the Commission took issue with what he described as inflammatory statements made by the former Contractor General in a draft report he had compiled.

According to the Integrity Commissioners, the former Contractor General amended the report but insisted that he’d make no further changes.

The Integrity Commission Chairman moved to clarify that the media release from the Commission which said that Dirk Harrison’s report was doubtful and would be subject to serious question if read by an objective mind, had made reference to the draft report.

The Integrity Commission Chairman also rejected a Gleaner report that the Commission took steps to pay off Dirk Harrison to secure his separation from the Commission.

National Integrity Action Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe and the South St. Andrew MP, the PNP’s Mark Golding, recently called for Dirk Harrison to be immediately confirmed as the Commission’s Director of Corruption Prosecution.

The Integrity Commission Chairman disclosed at the media conference today that that is not the process which the Commission will pursue.

Dirk Harrison did not attend the media conference today.

The Commission says the former Contractor General was invited but said he’d be unable to attend.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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