For­eign min­istry ‘sad­dened’ by mur­ders of re­turn­ing res­i­dents

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR -

State min­is­ter in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and For­eign Trade, Pear­nel Charles Jr, said the min­istry is deeply sad­dened by the re­ports of the vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing re­turn­ing res­i­dents.

He said that he and Min­is­ter Kam­ina John­son Smith wished to ex­press “heart­felt sym­pa­thy to all the fam­i­lies af­fected, and we are ad­vised that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into these mat­ters are on­go­ing.

“The Po­lice High Com­mand is work­ing as­sid­u­ously to bring these per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice. We ex­pect a com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tion of these mat­ters and urge all cit­i­zens with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice,” he said. “I want to re­as­sure the peo­ple of Ja­maica that the Govern­ment re­mains stead­fast in its com­mit­ment to fight­ing the scourge of crime that af­fects ev­ery as­pect of our so­ci­ety. We con­tinue to take a mul­ti­fac­eted ap­proach to crime-fight­ing in mak­ing Ja­maica a safe place for all.”

Charles Jr said that given the unique vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of re­turn­ing res­i­dents, the min­istry has been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with stake­hold­ers in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and guid­ance to the re­turn­ing res­i­dents’ com­mu­nity.

Pear­nel Charles Jr

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