Jamaica to Expunge Criminal Record of Marcus Garvey

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[Many thanks to Geoffrey Philp for bringing this item to our attention.] The Atlanta Black Star reports that Jamaica is taking steps to expunge Marcus Garvey’s criminal record.

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck says that the government is already taking steps to expunge the local criminal record of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Garvey. Chuck was responding in the House of Representatives yesterday, to a question tabled previously by Opposition Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites, asking whether Garvey had a criminal record in Jamaica and whether it would be expunged.

He noted that in 1984, Garvey was given a royal pardon by the then governor general, at the request of then Prime Minister Edward Seaga. However, this pardon, under section 91 of the Constitution, affects only the sentence and not the conviction. “As a result, Garvey would still have a criminal record in Jamaica. As such, a statutory pardon is…

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