Floyd Green was found exempt from covid restrictions by DPP

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Floyd Green was found exempt from covid restrictions by DPP

Rules for thee but not for me continues to be the modus operandi of a raft of Caribbean leaders, who have flouted the draconian COVID-19 restrictions they so eagerly imposed on hapless civilians across the region. That the Jamaica DPP found Minister Floyd Green exempt from the DRMA, COVID restrictions–while thousands of Jamaicans were barred from getting together with family in these difficult times–exemplifies this reality.

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MINISTER without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Floyd Green will not face criminal charges for his alleged participation in a birthday party on a no-movement day last September.

Green, the Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth South Western, walked away from the Cabinet, where he was serving as the minister of agriculture, amidst public outrage after a video surfaced with him at a birthday party, which was reportedly staged for his personal assistant, Gabriel Hylton.

He was returned to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a recent shuffle and given the portfolio responsibility for the National Identification System despite the possibility that he could be charged for breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) for his presence at the party on a no-movement day.

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But yesterday news came that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has told the police that it has found no basis to charge Green and others who were allegedly at the party, including councillor for the Mona Division in St Andrew Eastern Andrew Bellamy.

It is understood that the ODPP told the Jamaica Constabulary Force of its decision last Friday.

According to Jamaica Observer sources, the case file submitted to the ODPP by the police included a video purportedly from the party but the island’s chief prosecutor ruled that a viable prosecution would be difficult as there were no statements from the employees of the New Kingston-based hotel.

It is understood that the ODPP also found that Green and Bellamy were exempt from the no-movement day, based on the provisions of the DRMA.

Observer sources say the ODPP has also told the police that they may consider bringing charges against the management of the hotel for hosting the party but made it clear that this would need additional statements for a successful prosecution.

Green, after a video of the Moët Champagne party went public, offered his resignation to the prime minister.

“Today, I have disappointed so many; my family, including my son, my prime minister and most importantly, the people of Jamaica who I have sworn to serve.

“No matter how briefly, and regardless of the circumstances, I should never have participated in any engagement that could indicate a lack of appreciation of the difficult and serious realities that now face the entire country,” said Green, in his resignation letter released to the media.

“My actions have demonstrated a lack of sensitivity for the difficult realities that all of us are facing currently.

“It was wrong. I accept that this was an error in judgement and that it sends the wrong signal, especially in light of the Government’s drive to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For this I am really and truly very sorry,” added Green.

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