CUSTOS TO INVESTIGATE JPS IN VIRAL VIDEO

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The Custos of St. Andrew is to launch a full investigation into the conduct of Justices of the Peace, who were seen in a viral video with murder accused Rushane Barnett.

In a release, the Justice Ministry said the matter will be fully investigated, under the auspice of the relevant Custos, and if the investigation shows breaches of the Justices of the Peace act and any of the JPs code of conduct, there will be consequences.

It said JPs have an obligation to perform voluntary community-based activities, as the Custos may require which include visits to prisons to ensure the rights of persons in custody, are protected and that their dignity is respected in prisons or lock-ups.

The ministry said notice is taken with great concern of the video being circulated on social media, in which four JPs, one being a medical doctor, are seen questioning the condition and health of accused Rushane Barnett, whilst the engagement was being videotaped.