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Get It Out! – Parliament Under Pressure To Remove Provision That Could Shield Cabinet Contracts From Corruption Probes

Jamaica’s biggest business group and the main anti-corruption lobby in the island are demanding that the Government remove the ‘dangerous’ section of an anti-corruption bill that would allow Cabinet to designate some contracts ‘confidential’ and require that investigators get permission before starting a probe.

The controversial Clause 52 of the Integrity Commission Bill was approved by the Senate last Thursday. There were 103 changes to the legislation approved by the House of Representatives in January. When law, it will allow for the establishment of a single anti-corruption agency with prosecutorial and investigative powers.

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