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JAMAICA | JLP Grants George Wright Leave of Absence

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KINGSTON, April 19, 2021 - The Jamaica Labour Party says An application by Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament, George Wright, has been approved for him to take a leave of absence from the Party. Mr. Wright has also been relieved of all party related duties.
In a statement today, the JLP says the Operations Council of the party had commenced deliberations last week to consider the issue of Wright's membership in the Party.

The developments come following a meeting last week between the Secretariat of the JLP and Mr. Wright. The meeting took place at the directive of party leader, Andrew Holness.

Mr. Wright's leave of absence from the JLP also follows his withdrawal from the JLP Parliamentary Caucus last week and his application for leave of absence from the House of Representatives.

In commenting on the development, JLP  General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, says the party takes note of that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has concluded their investigation without charge , into the viral video.

According to the police, following an exhaustive investigation and interview process that conformed with law enforcement best practices and involved both parties, the investigation into the alleged incident ha had to be ended   as a result of the unwillingness of the parties involved and potential witnesses to participate in the investigation, as well as the poor quality of the video alleged to capture the incident.

The police explainedn that both the complainant  Ms. Tannisha Singh and Mr. Wright made independent reports of a physical altercation on April 6. Ms. Singh made a report to the Anchovy Police, while later that evening Mr. Wright made a report to the Ramble Police. 

Given the physical state of Ms. Singh, the police escorted her to a medical facility to ensure she received treatmenat. She was asked to return to the station after treatment in order to give a formal statement. To date, attempts at securing said statement have proven futile. Mr Wright was asked to seek medical attention and return to give a statement, at which time he stated that he was unwilling to do so.

However, Dr. Chang says the JLP recognizes that there remains unresolved concerns in relation to the issue surrounding Mr. Wright and as such  the series of actions taken in respect of Wright are necessary.

Dr. Chang noted that the JLP acted within the legal powers afforded to it both by Jamaican law and the JLP Constitution.

The JLP statement  reiterated its stance against violence against any gender, in particular the nation's women.

The Party also wished to underscore its preparedness to ensure that in the interest of good governance, action is taken even in respect of issues which have to date not met the threshold for prosecution in a Court of Law.
Last modified onTuesday, 20 April 2021 08:49
  • Countries: Jamaica