Featured US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno rejects claims US not doing enough to stop gun trafficking
KINGSTON, July 5, 2016 - US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno, has has expressed impatience with the length of the sentences for persons convicted of the crime of lotto scamming.
Speaking at a reception recognising America's independence held at Devon House Monday night, Ambassador Moreno commented on the violence in Western Jamaica, much of which have been linked to the lottery scam.
He said the US will continue to request that those who are arrested for lottery scamming be extradited.
"The efforts are important, but police action is not enough. Jamaica and the United States must work to stop these threats; we need to do judicial reforming; local prosecutions of scammers must increase; judges must sentence those who are found guilty to appropriate sentences... Ultimately, a shift is needed at the cultural level, he said.
He pledged that in the coming months, the US will be making significant investments in the Ministry of Justice to help unattached youths reject a life of crime.
Ambassador Moreno rejected suggestions that his country's government is not doing enough to prevent small arms from entering Jamaica, and said the US had taken numerous steps to assist Jamaica in preventing the trafficking of guns.
"We're working constantly around the year, with constant courses on helping the Jamaican security forces deal with this terrible situation," he said.
The US Ambassador accepted that more could be done by the US Government to prevent guns from entering Jamaica, but lauded the efforts so far.
"We'll continue to look and explore ways (and) get resources. Part of my job as ambassador is to lobby Washington and our administration for more resources and that's a full time job and I think we do a pretty good job," he asserted.
Last modified onTuesday, 05 July 2016 20:52
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