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EDITORIAL – Corruption Prosecutor Would Be Welcomed

Greg Christie, the former contractor general whose cacophonous investigations and strident reports discomfited many public officials, often complained that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seemed not too eager to bring before the courts those who failed to comply with provisions of the act he policed. He often called for a more robust fight against corruption, with strong institutional support for the engagement.

Mr Christie, of course, was not the only one who felt there was a gap between Jamaica’s anti-corruption rhetoric and concrete action against the problem. The perception of Jamaica as a corrupt country is widely held. For instance, the island stands in the mid-tier of Transparency International’s global Corruption Perception Index that ranks more than 180 countries.