Opposition Threatens Court Action Over Use Of SOEs In Crime Fight

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The Opposition People’s National Party, the PNP says it plans to take legal action against the Andrew Holness administration over its use of states of public emergency in the crime fight.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has argued that the murder rate in some parts of Jamaica is at crisis levels when compared to global trends and requires a sustained emergency response.

But Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, says the Court needs to make a determination on the issue.

Dr. Phillips says the PNP rejects the government’s apparent plan to use states of public emergency long term.

He says previous PNP administrations have been able to reduce crime without the long term suppression of human rights that comes with States of Emergency.

Dr. Peter Phillips, Opposition leader and PNP President.

He was addressing the party’s National Executive Council on the weekend.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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