Security Forces Get More Powers To Digitally Monitor Criminals

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The House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the interception of communications Act which seeks to boost the capacity of the security forces to monitor communication by criminals.

Our news center reported on Monday that National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang told a media conference on the weekend that the amendment will allow the security forces to with the permission of a Court tap the telephones of more criminal suspects.

Minister Chang piloted the resolution which paved the way for the amendment to the Act in the House yesterday.

He noted that the amendment seeks to empower the Police to with the permission of the Court tap the telephones of people suspected of breaching the anti gang law.

Minister Chang gave more details on the suspected offences for which the security forces may ask the Court to tap the phone of suspects.

Dr. Chang says the amendment also seeks to empower the security forces to with the permission of the Court tap the phones of suspected lottery scammers.

Dr. Horace Chang, National Security Minister addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.

Meantime, Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson, supported the amendment to the interception of communications act.

Fitz Jackson, Opposition Spokesman on National Security addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.


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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