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December 24, 2013
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Seven St James cops before the court on corruption rap

Seven police constables attached to the St James Division who were charged and placed before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday by members of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) following a ruling from the Director of Public Prosecutions will return to court in February.

Devon Bernard, Marven Campbell, Paul Williams, Tajay Allen, Alman Fletcher, Dwayne Lynch, and Denford Brown are all charged with extortion. They were each granted $500,000 and are to reappear in court on February 6.

Additionally, under the Corruption Prevention Act, Williams is charged for corruptly soliciting a sum of money. Lynch, Allen and Bernard are charged for corruptly accepting while Campbell, Allen, Fletcher, Bernard, Lynch and Brown are all charged for aiding and abetting.

It is alleged that in late November this year, the policemen carried out an operation in Montego Bay, during which a quantity of ganja was found at a premises. The seven were accused of thereafter soliciting and accepting a sum of money from the owner of the premises in order not to prosecute him under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The matter was subsequently reported to the ACB and a probe was launched resulting in the arrest of the men.

Head of the ACB, Assistant Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay, had high praises for the investigators under his command.

In commenting on this latest success, he further reiterated the commitment of the ACB Area One office to deal effectively and decisively with corruption in that section of the island.

He also stated that the outcome of this investigation is a positive indication of the benefits that decentralisation can bring.

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