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Jamaica: Follow-up to JAM20191.E of 4 May 1995 on protection available to policemen who are being pursued by armed gangs of drug traffickers

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 June 1995
Citation / Document Symbol JAM21130.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Jamaica: Follow-up to JAM20191.E of 4 May 1995 on protection available to policemen who are being pursued by armed gangs of drug traffickers, 1 June 1995, JAM21130.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aad838.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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The information on this Response is from the attached letter from the Jamaica Council for Human Rights dated 2 June 1995 and received by the DIRB on 19 June 1995.

According to the document, "there is no record in the media here of any member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force being pursued by armed gangs of drug traffickers." The source states that while "there is no record of armed gangs of drug traffickers" and "there can be no doubt that drug traffickers exist," most reports on drug traffickers involved one or two persons involved with ganja (marihuana). The document adds that "although there have been huge finds of cocaine, to date there has been no major apprehension of any gang involved."

Finally, the source provides information that is not documented, but based on reports described as "hearsay" to which the Jamaica Council for Human Rights is privy, as stated in the attachment. The document states the following:

There have been reports of several policemen, as individuals, involved in the cocaine and ganja trade. There have been reports of some of these policemen reneging on deals made with persons involved in the drug trade. There have been reports that some of these persons, to escape the wrath of those they reneged on, have fled the country.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Jamaica Council for Human Rights, Kingston, Jamaica. 2 June 1995. Letter received by DIRB.

Attachment

Jamaica Council for Human Rights, Kingston, Jamaica. 2 June 1995. Letter received by DIRB.

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