Senate Approves Bill to Wipe National Heroes’ Criminal Records


The Senate on Friday approved a Bill which proposes to remove the criminal record of several of Jamaica’s national heroes and their supporters.

Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon and Marcus Garvey are the National Heroes whose criminal record are to be removed.

The National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters Absolution from Criminal Liability Act was piloted in the Senate today by Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith.

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Senator Kavan Gayle gave his support to the bill.

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Senator Don Wehby also supported the bill. He gave credit to Senate President Tom Tavares Finson for pushing for the National Heroes to be absolved of criminal liability.

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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.