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Civil society group urge Gov't not to reinstate Azan
2013-09-27 13:38:02 | (0 Comments)
The Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC) says in the interest of good governance, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller should not reinstate Richard Azan as a minister of government.
Yesterday, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn ruled that that there was no basis on which to charge Azan with conspiracy to defraud the Clarendon Parish Council in relation to the Spaldings market affair.
Azan resigned as junior minister in the transport, works and housing ministry last Friday, three days after Office of the Contractor General accused him of being politically corrupt and referred him and several others to the DPP for various charges to be brought against them.
Following the DPP’s ruling yesterday, Azan’s attorney Abe Daboub and the People’s National Party Youth Organisation have since called for the Prime Minister to reinstate Azan.
However, the JCSC’s executive director, Jeanette Calder says while the DPP’s ruling was on a matter of law, the greater issue involves an ex-minister of government who admitted to disregarding laws and later declared that he does not regret his actions.
In a 21-page report, DPP Llewellyn cleared Azan, contractor John Bryant, and constituency secretary Bridget Daley-Dixon of any criminal action under the Corruption Prevention Act.
Azan, who is the Member Parliament for North West Clarendon, has admitted to instructing Bryant, to construct 10 shops at the market last September without the permission of the Clarendon Parish Council.
However, the DPP has ruled that May Pen mayor, Scean Barnswell be charged for seeking to mislead the contractor general in the probe of the matter.
Barnswell is now to be brought before the Resident Magistrate’s Court and could be subjected to a fine of 5 thousand dollars if convicted.
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