Rival party wants ‘crime crisis’ tackled in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The main opposition People’s National Party’s spokesman on national security, Fitz Jackson, has called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ administration to do more to address the country’s “worsening crime crisis.”

In a statement, Jackson said the “gruesome and barefaced murders” have heightened the crime crisis and brought with it a new fear into a community that depends on tourism.

He was referring to the recent murder of a businessman and his wife in the tourist resort town of Negril in the western end of the island.

Police report that Osborne Richards, 49, and his wife Patrizia were slain recently during an apparent robbery at their home. The police say the hands of both victims were bound

“It is indeed a sad moment for the people of Westmoreland and the pointed to recent data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, which stated that for the week ending November 30, 36 more Jamaicans were murdered in that week alone,”Jackson said.

“What more evidence does the government need to be convinced that their SOE (state of emergency) crime-fighting policy is only worsening the country’s crime situation and that there is an urgent need for change,” he added.

Jackson noted that there were 22 more homicides and 71 more incidents of shootings in Jamaica this year compared to the same period last year. The crime wave on the island of 2.8 million inhabitants has taken the lives of more than 1,200 Jamaicans since the start of the year.

Grenada premier denies Al Jazeera allegations

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has denied media reports that his ruling New National Party had received campaign financing from the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture, a failed Citizenship By Investment program.

Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, in a one-hour program aired recently , alleged that Caribbean countries with CBI programs were also selling diplomatic passports to individuals who make a significant financial contribution to political parties.

Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent, and the Grenadines, Antigua, and Barbuda, and Grenada were among the nations that reportedly benefited from such sales.

— Compiled From Wire Services ..

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