Jamaica court says commission has power of arrest

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 7:00 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican court has ruled that a commission that investigates allegations of abuse by the island's police has the power to arrest and charge.

The Independent Commission of Investigations describes Tuesday's judgment by the Constitutional Court as a "major victory."

Jamaica's police federation and three other police associations had filed a court application questioning the commission's powers. It was filed after commission investigators arrested and charged a police corporal with the killing of Negril businessman Mickey Hill in 2010.

Three judges ruled for the commission, saying it does have the power to arrest, charge and initiate prosecution. Their judgment says the Independent Commission of Investigations' powers "in no way dilute" the authority of the public prosecutor.

Police federation officials did not return calls for comment.

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