US unhappy with Jamaica’s prosecution of financial crimes

THE United States has asked the Jamaican Government to take steps to build the capacity of its law enforcement, prosecution, and courts in order to successfully prosecute financial crime cases.

This is one of the recommendations set out in the just-released 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report by the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The annual report details the efforts of key countries to tackle all aspects of the international drug trade in 2017.

The recommendations made in the second volume of the report, which focuses on money laundering states: “It (the Government of Jamaica), should review and modify its case-processing procedures to enhance its ability to prosecute financial crimes efficiently and effectively.”

The report further asserts that the Jamaican Government should make a concerted effort to identify money laundering-related activities, and prosecute political and public corruption, and ensure that designated non-financial businesses and professions’ financial institutions are fully compliant with the law.

At the same time, the US State Department said Jamaica remains the largest source country in the region for marijuana and is a significant transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets.