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Private sector group wants speedy review of Petrojam report


Private sector group wants speedy review of Petrojam report

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Kingston – The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Thursday said it expects a speedy review of the “long anticipated” reports on the Petrojam investigations by the various parliamentary oversight committees.

The PSOJ said in a statement that it notes with concern that the Integrity Commission has also indicated that matters be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Financial Investigations Division and the Commissioner of Police for further investigations.

“We look forward to the swift review of the reports, conclusion of the investigations and for the appropriate justice to be administered,” the PSOJ said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is calling for expeditious and persistent pursuit of people identified in the Integrity Commission report on PetroJam.

The PNP said that the relevant agencies should use the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to request, if necessary, the extradition of those accused who reside in overseas jurisdictions.

The 215-page report on the country’s lone oil refinery outlines a litany of administrative and other breaches by a former minister and 15 other appointees, functionaries and ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) activists.

In addition, the Integrity Commission said the former minister was less than truthful in his representations to the commission and that he mislead the commission during the investigation.

The opposition party has called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to ensure that “appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy changes, as well as changes recommended by the Integrity Committee”, are implemented forthwith. (CMC)