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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Chief of Defence


November 28, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has disclosed that more than 300 people were detained under the States of Public Emergency, SOEs which expire midnight today Monday November 28, 2022.

Mr Holness, speaking Monday November 28 at a Jamaica Labour Party Central Executive Meeting at the party’s headquarters in St Andrew, disclosed that roughly 50 people are still in custody.  He said intelligence suggests they are violence producers with strong connections to criminal networks.

Noting that “we can’t have a policeman in every district and every home,” he nonetheless pledged that that the government and security forces “will do our best to keep the murder rate down during the Christmas season, so that every Jamaican can have an equal opportunity to enjoy the season”.

The Prime Minister also said his administration had taken note of the concerns raised by the Opposition regarding the regulations governing the SOEs.

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