The Opposition is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to withdraw a statement he made, saying there will be Dangerous criminals unleashed on the streets of St James when the State of Emergency (SOE) ends in January 2019.
In a publication on the weekend, Holness disclosed that 20 of the 75 individuals still detained under the SOE in St. James are some of the most dangerous criminals in the country. The statement continued by saying the Opposition’s vote against extending the measure will result in them being released back into their communities.
The publication added that if the persons are allowed back on the street, immediately the crime will increase.
In response, opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips urged the prime minister to seek legal guidance rather than threaten that criminal elements will be unleashed.
Phillips argued that all detainees under the SOE, should have been held on reasonable cause and the country expects that in the period of the SOE reasonable cause should have been converted into evidence, so charges could be brought.
He said the prime minister must explain what is causing the delay, particularly when he can speak so specifically about past and future criminal activities of these ’20 criminals’ and the existence of witnesses, yet there is an apparent inability to bring charges.
Dr Phillip therefore urged Holness to retract his statement, as its described as ‘Fear-mongering’.
Last Week the opposition voted unanimously to discontinue the SOE’s in St James, St Catherine North and the Corporate Area.