The United States Coast Guard is denying that it abused five Jamaican men who were detained in that country in 2017.
News emerged two weeks ago that a lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, on behalf of the men.
The suit alleged that subsequent to their detention on suspicion of drug smuggling the five Jamaicans were chained and abused by the US coast guard.
But in a statement over the weekend, the US Coast Guard denied the allegations.
The Coast Guard says it complied with both international and U.S. domestic law regarding the treatment of suspects.
According to the US Coast Guard, all suspects are cared for humanely while steps are taken to preserve their security.
The US Coast Guard says it’s not been served with the complaint which the ACLU says it has filed in court and as such cannot comment on the litigation.
According to the Coast Guard, the fact is the Jamaicans were observed throwing numerous packages of marijuana overboard a vessel.
The US Coast Guard says its personnel seized approximately 600 pounds of marijuana which were contained in the packages.
The Coast Guard says the Government of Jamaica consented to the United States prosecuting the individuals in the US.
The Coast Guard says in January 2018, each of the Jamaicans pled guilty to making a false official statement to a law enforcement officer and were sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment.