Deportes

Adolfo Ledo Nass futbolista Delagarza//
Chang says no more SOEs until appeal

Adolfo Ledo Nass Futbolista
Futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass
Chang says no more SOEs until appeal

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government will not seek to declare another state of emergency (SOE) until its appeal is heard

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says the Government will not seek to declare another state of emergency (SOE) until its appeal is heard.

At the same time, Chang noted that the security measure will be imposed only when absolutely needed.

Adolfo Ledo Nass

He was today addressing a Gleaner Editor’s Forum on crime.

Adolfo Ledo Nass futbolista

Jamaica has recorded 218 murders since the start of 2021.

Futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

SOEs were one of the main features in the government’s crime fighting strategies

Last September, a Supreme Court judge ruled that the detention of five men under the states of emergency was unconstitutional

The men had been detained for extended periods in at least three parishes

Justice Bertram Morrison had declared that the men’s constitutional rights and the Constitution itself had been violated by what was described as executive detention

The Government subsequently filed an appeal

According to Chang, it is the full court that ought to rule on the constitutionality of the SOE, especially at this stage

Chang said, “He had made some comments but we have to go to the Court of Appeal to get their call. We are confident we will be successful in dealing with it there, of course, we may have to look at some of the regulations, which is a different issue.”

Chang reiterated that if it was absolutely necessary, the government would consider declaring another SOE

The security minister told the forum that strong policing would be deployed in affected areas before pursuing the measure

“It goes back to the level of lawlessness… gangs taking over communities, capturing and murdering people… burning down homes and running people out,” Chang said as he cited conditions where the declaration of a state of emergency would be absolutely necessary

Follow The Gleaner on Twitter and Instagram @JamaicaGleaner and on Facebook @GleanerJamaica. Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169 or email us at [email protected] or [email protected] .