FBI Jamaica investigation: Jamaica’s opposition party PNP has put the Holness administration under a lot of pressure.
On 24th January, government Jamaica turned to the FBI for help as it investigates a massive fraud case involving a private investment firm where $12.7 million belonging to renowned sprinter Usain Bolt has gone missing. Almost a month has passed since the announcement, and yet, no major breakthrough has been reported.
Roles and Responsibilities and Reasons?
The FBI involvement in the investigation into the fraud at Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL), as stated by Finance Minister of Jamaica Dr. Nigel Clarke, is being questioned by PNP Spokesman Julian Robinson, .
In his press briefing, Robinson noted that Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony McLaughlin, head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Division (CTOC) of Jamaica has stressed that local law enforcement was capable of conducting the investigation and did not require the assistance of the FBI at this time.
Now, Police’ statement is strikingly different from what Finance Minister Nigel Clarke had stressed in his speech. Immediately after Robinson’s statement, Jamaican authorities arrived to undo the damage.
The ministry of finance and the Chief Technical Director of the FID stated, “the FBI has been officially engaged in the SSL case since January 2023.”
The ministry further claimed that due to the scandalous timeline, the volume of transactions, and the number of accounts involved, this case is complicated. As the scope of the case becomes more apparent. So, the FBI’s involvement was necessary.
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The Holness Habit
But, in all honesty, this answer is not at all convincing. Instead, if you see all the past incidents or mishaps that have taken place in Jamaica, you will see a pattern that Jamaican PM Andrew Holness has often knocked the doors of American authorities whenever he feels he is in trouble.
Well, the FBI has had its offices in Jamaica since 2016 to address various issues. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has frequently requested assistance from the United States. He demanded a “straightforward deal” with the US in December 2022.
In a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July 2020, Jamaican Prime Minister Holness requested help from the US government in reducing crime and violence there.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one of the United States government’s law enforcement agencies, and while it has domestic jurisdiction, it also has the power to look into certain crimes that affect Americans or American interests abroad. However, the Jamaican PM has a really foul habit of taking every matter to the USA. Despite the FBI’s involvement, no major breakthrough has been reported in the SSL Scandal.
Instead, a wholly new case has come into light in which even Holness is now accused of profiteering. Holness’ administration also dragged American authorities into the matter.
The sovereignty and security of a nation should be in the government’s hands. Yet, the ineptitude of Holness failed to properly address the issue. This is what happens when a clown is elected to the top-post.
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