According to the Contractor General, he found there was conspiracy by the Office of the Member of Parliament, the St Ann Municipal Corporation and several contractors to defraud the Government.
However, attorneys-at-law, KD Knight and John Junor from the law firm Knight, Junor & Samuels, in response to the Office of the Contractor General's (OCG) tabled report concerning the operations of the St Ann Parish Council and South East St Ann constituency, said that based on preliminary reading there is also no criminal culpability of other persons named in the report.
According to Knight and Junor, the alleged maladies complained of would be applicable to every constituency and parish council division in the island and that it is “ridiculous to contend that a Member of Parliament can recommend any constituent except one of his or her own political party to be the beneficiary in a work programme”.
With this, the attorneys stated that allegations of corruption in the OCG's 554-page report are without foundation.
The OCG yesterday recommended that criminal investigations be pursued into a possible conspiracy between Hanna's constituency office, the St Ann Municipal Corporation and contractors to defraud the Government of Jamaica.
The OCG, in its report, also made a recommendation that criminal investigations be initiated concerning the involvement of all councillors within the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, as it relates to allegations of the receipt of monies from contractors for contracts awarded by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.
In the meantime, The People's National Party (PNP) says it has taken note of the report from the Office of Contractor General relating to his investigation of activities in South East St Ann.
According to the PNP, it has referred the report in its entirety to its legal advisor and integrity commission for their review, and will await their recommendations on the way forward.
“Some of the issues raised in the OCG's report have sweeping implication for our political organisation and structure, including PNP councillors.
Consequently, the party does not intend to make any further statements or comments on this matter until then,” the party said in a release today.
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