Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Immunity and impunity in Jamaica

What happens when military personnel shoot the wrong person during a state of emergency? A case in Jamaica raises the issue of certificates of immunity, phrased as follows:
“I hereby certify that the actions of JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) Corporal Odel Buckley on May 27, 2010 between the hours of 12 am and 12 pm at...Kirkland Close, Red Hills, St Andrew, which may have contributed to or caused the death of Keith Clarke, were done in good faith in the exercise of his functions as a member of the security forces for public safety, the restoration of order, the preservation of the peace, and in the public interest.”
 The validity of the certificates issued to three members of the JDF will be decided by either a single High Court judge or the full court.

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