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JAMAICA | Trial of three more cops implicated in "death squad"set to start today

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KINGSTON,  November 26, 2018 - Three more policemen implicated in the so-called Clarendon police death squad are set to stand trial starting today. The trial was set to begin on November 19 but the prosecution requested a new date after indicating that it was experiencing challenges with witnesses.

The trial had already been adjourned twice, and Chief Justice Bryan Sykes denied the prosecution's request and instead ordered the parties to be prepared to start the trial today.

The court was told that if an adjournment was granted a trial date would not be available until 2020.

Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, Constable Carl Bucknor and District Constable Howard Brown were charged in 2014 with the murder of Andrew Bisson on September 5, 2011.

Valerie Neita Robertson, a member of the defence team, Radio Jamaica that she was not expecting a lengthy trial, estimating that it should take no more than two weeks.

On November 15, Constable Collis "Chucky" Brown was found guilty of  murder, conspiracy to murder and wounding with intent based on his involvement in the so-called Clarendon police death squad.

In the meantime Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson says INDECOM investigators are now probing several members of the police force named in a damning statement by convicted cop, Constable Collis "Chuckie" Brown.

In an audio statement given to INDECOM investigators in 2013, Brown, who was a whistleblower at the time, claimed senior officers, including personnel at the Police Commissioner's office and members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB), assisted members of the death squad to target criminal suspects.

“In that member’s statement, he mentioned a number of other names. I suspect that INDECOM will be looking into this. It is really not appropriate for me to go much further into this...” Anderson stated.

The Commissioner has urged members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to carry out their duties in a professional manner and without fear of being investigated by INDECOM.

Last modified onMonday, 26 November 2018 08:04
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