Feb 252011
 February 25, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Gary Spaulding reports:

The conditions under which the communications of Jamaicans can be intercepted were the subject of a passionate exchange between Minister of National Security Dwight Nelson and Patrick Atkinson, the attorney representing the former holder of that Cabinet portfolio, Dr Peter Phillips, at yesterday’s sitting of the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry.

Lawyers representing and associated with the People’s National Party reacted noisily to an initial response by Nelson that the constitutional rights of all Jamaicans should not be breached.

Atkinson had queried whether the conversation of persons suspected of being involved in transnational crime, including gunrunning and trafficking of narcotics, should be intercepted.

Read more in The Jamaica Gleaner.

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