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Contractor General Dismisses Claims He Expected To Be Part Of Five-member Integrity Commission

RJR News /   Contractor General Dirk Harrison, has dismissed assertions that he expected to be included on the five-member Integrity Commission which will investigate and prosecute corruption in Jamaica.   The names of the members of the single anti-corruption body were announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last weekend.   A story in the Gleaner newspaper on Monday stated that Mr. Harrison was not listed as a commissioner although he was “expected to make the cut.”   But Mr. Harrison responded on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica Tuesday morning, stating that he had never expected to be part of the Commission.    “The persons who would constitute the commissioners were two retired judges, the Auditor General and somebody from the NGO – none of whom could have been me; I never expected it to be me,” he asserted.    He urged persons to “inform themselves before they place themselves on a platform to speak about things they don’t know.”    Justice Karl Harrison, retired judge of the Court of Appeal, will serve as Chairman of the Integrity Commission.   The other members are retired Court of Appeal President Justice Seymour Panton, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, tax expert Eric Crawford and former Contractor General Derrick McKoy.   The new anti-corruption agency will incorporate the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, the Integrity Commission and the Office of the Contractor General.

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