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  • Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says once evidence is provided and extradition requests are made for lottery scammers, they will be granted.
  • Mr. Chuck was addressing the installation ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. James, on September 8, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
  • The Minister pointed out that lotto scammers have been breeding a culture of gun violence, which sometimes claims the lives of innocent people.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says once evidence is provided and extradition requests are made for lottery scammers, they will be granted.

“When we find these lotto scammers they must be put away in jail for a good while. They must face the consequences of their actions,” the Minister emphasised.

Mr. Chuck was addressing the installation ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. James, on September 8, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The Minister pointed out that if the scammers can be connected with the victims, particularly the elderly in the United States, whom they prey on, and that Government can provide evidence, then they must be extradited.

“I will be very willing to sign the extradition for them to go over there and suffer serious penalties. Let the word go out – lotto scamming must cease,” Mr. Chuck said.

The Minister pointed out that lotto scammers have been breeding a culture of gun violence, which sometimes claims the lives of innocent people.

“They want to kill one person, and it doesn’t matter to them if five die. Let us be proactive and fight back and ensure that this lotto scamming is put to rest,” Mr. Chuck said.

Meanwhile, the Minister is inviting JPs to actively participate in restorative justice training programmes, which are aimed at mediating between disputing parties in order to prevent acts of crime and violence.

“You, the Justice of the Peace, must play a major role in this, because if we are going to restore peace, order and decency in our communities, you have to be the leader in that drive. We want to provide you with the training and the skills to become trainers and facilitators, so that you become persons who will be emulated by the young,” the Minister added.