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Should the NIDS fine be tripled?

The Jamaica Gleaner posted an article on March 18, 2021, about a suggestion to triple the NIDS fine. Below are some key highlights:

  • Lawmakers should impose tougher penalties on persons who wilfully tamper with a national identification card under the proposed National Identification System (NIDS) law, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Director of Legal Affairs Alethia Whyte has proposed
  • The JCF has recommended that a person found guilty of tampering with the national identification card should, on conviction in a Parish Court, be liable to a fine not exceeding $3 million
  • If the case is tried in a Circuit Court and there is a conviction, the person should face a fine, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 25 years, or to both such fine and imprisonment
  • White argued that in a case where the police obtained an order from a judge and the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) was directed to provide information on an individual for the purpose of an investigation, the particulars obtained could not be held confidential when used to carry out a prosecution


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