Firearm Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity calls in MOCA

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE FIREARM Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity (FLA) has called in the Ma­jor Or­gan­ised Crime and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Agency (MOCA) to in­ves­ti­gate dis­crep­an­cies it has un­cov­ered at the agency.

The devel­op­ment co­in­cides with an an­nounce­ment on Thurs­day af­ter­noon that the United States has sus­pended the ex­port of firearms to Ja­maica fol­low­ing re­cent de­vel­op­ments at the agency.

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague said that the FLA chair­man sent a for­mal re­port to MOCA based on the out­come of a re­view of the agency’s sys­tems con­ducted by the new board of di­rec­tors.

“They have dis­cov­ered enough that they have made a for­mal re­port to MOCA,” Mon­tague re­vealed.

The se­cu­rity min­is­ter, who last week de­scribed the FLA as cor­rupt or bro­ken, also de­liv­ered an omi­nous warn­ing.

“This govern­ment will not be cov­er­ing up or sweet-coat­ing or di­vert­ing. We will put the facts on the ta­ble whether they are pleas­ant to me or any other body,” he warned.

“The chips will fall wher­ever they will fall,” he un­der­scored.

The FLA has been un­der scru­tiny since Patrick Pow­ell was freed of the mur­der of a school­boy and rev­e­la­tions that his main file at the au­thor­ity had gone miss­ing.

The FLA has said ev­i­dence of the last move­ment of Pow­ell’s file was on April 14, 2015 when an of­fi­cer in the then CEO’s of­fice made a re­quest from the FLA Registry.

In 2006, the FLA took over the is­suance of firearm li­cences from the po­lice.

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