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Top cop speaks out against rumours


KINGSTON – Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has sought to dispel rumours that had surfaced on a local radio talk show that he attended a fund-raiser for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership challenger Audley Shaw.

Clearly incensed that he had been linked to any of the contenders, Ellington said were there any truth to the argument, he was prepared to be axed immediately, as his presence at any such event would be inexcusable.

“If that were found to be true I should be fired. They shouldn’t even wait on a resignation. I am of no use to any political party. I am apolitical,” Ellington told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

On November 10, Shaw will challenge incumbent JLP leader Andrew Holness for the reins of the party, and the heat has been turned up by both sides.

Ellington made sure to declare his hand that he was not in support of either candidate nor any party, as that would be in conflict with his job, which mandates him to serve, protect and reassure all citizens of Jamaica.

“It would be inappropriate. It would be an act of indiscretion. It is not true. It is a lie. I have no political affiliation whatsoever . . . ,” he said at a Press conference at his office on Hope Road in Kingston yesterday.

He said he had instructed his lawyers to access a copy of the tape to determine what legal action would be taken. (Jamaica Observer) 

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