Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is concerned with reports that the main witness for the crown in the Regina v Patrick Powell case (the X6 murder case), Wayne Wright, alleges that police officers told him to lie about seeing the accused person at the murder scene.
From JFJ’s recollection, this would not be the first case in Jamaica where the court receives troubling allegations that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) acted outside of the laudatory standards and goals of the organization to secure an unjust conviction.
JFJ is calling on the authorities with responsibility for ensuring adherence to these standards to conduct the investigation required to determine the truth or falsity of the allegations. The responsible authorities include both
those internal to the JCF, the Inspectorate appointed for this task, and
the Independent Commission, INDECOM.
An investigation is necessary to protect the name of the JCF from being used as a scapegoat and to protect the good name of Mr. Wright if he was speaking the truth. Someone must face censure and punishment for unfair pressure or for false accusation. We also call upon the DPP to determine whether she has sufficient information to recommend that perjury charges be laid against Mr. Wright. We do not support any public campaign by her great office to convince Jamaicans that Mr. Wright erred and should do some introspection.
It is important that a message be sent to civilians that the state will treat all allegations of misconduct by members of the security forces seriously. Rogue police, once identified, will be rooted out of the Force, and civilians who lie on the JCF under oath will meet the full force of the perjury law. The investigation must be conducted speedily to ensure that the necessary corrective actions can be taken without delay.
For further information, contact:
Horace Levy – (876) 337 – 3390
John Clarke – (876) 275- 4486