MINISTER MONTAGUE TIME TO REVEAL WHAT’S IN JAMES ROBERTSON’S FILE
KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 4, 2017: The caucus of young professionals aligned to the People’s National Party (PNP), the Patriots says, the time has come for National Security Minister, the Hon. Robert Montague to reveal, as promised on August 18, 2017, information contained in a police investigation of his colleague, James Robertson, the Member of Parliament for Western St Thomas.
Minister Montague told the country on 18th August 2017 that the Ministry of National Security was reviewing the 2011 police investigation of activities surrounding James Robertson, which are contained in a file at the Security Ministry.
According to the Miami Herald, “Leslie “Les” Green, a former assistant commissioner of police for the Jamaican Constabulary Force who has since retired, revealed to the Miami Herald that he investigated accusations that Robertson tried to arrange at least two murders, and found enough evidence that he recommended that prosecutors charge the politician.
“Investigations have been conducted alleging serious offenses against Robertson and others,” said Green, who is English and a former Scotland Yard detective. In 2006, the Jamaican government hired him on contract to help professionalize the force. “The Department of Public Prosecutions made a ruling there was sufficient evidence to charge Robinson.”
The Miami Herald went further, “But after carefully assembling his case, Green said, Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security refused to offer to protect one of the key witnesses. The witness fled, and the case fell apart.”
Minister Montague said, he would ask the Permanent Secretary to review the file because he wanted to be absolutely certain of the facts before commenting. Therefore, Minister Montague can no longer claim to be “new” to the ministry as reason to delay the content of the file.
We concurred with the Gleaner’s editorial of 18th August 2017 that the ministry must offer the public a credible explanation for that decision to remove any suspicion that its motive was political.
Since taking office, the country’s crime rate continues to climb. Despite all the claims and imposition of zones of special operations, Jamaica has the highest homicide rate in the Caribbean.