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It appears that Vybz Kartel, poster boy for bleaching and freaky girls-providing blowjobs, will have another dubious distinction to add to his resume: he may be the first high profile Jamaican to be laid low by the Terrorism Prevention Act 2005. In February 2006, a special select committee of Parliament reviewed the controversial Interception of Communications Act but objected to the police tapping telephones without Supreme Court approval. Instead the committee suggested that it be allowed in special circumstances on condition that it is confirmed by the Supreme Court within seven days.

The committee, in its report tabled in the House of Representatives in February 2006, said "it was not desirable for authorised officers to have unlimited power to intercept the communications of a number of persons without obtaining prior authorisation from the Supreme Court".
However, the committee went on: "we agreed that they should be able to modify a warrant so as to carry out interception in respect of a person who is an associate of the subject of that warrant and is believed to be involved in the same prohibited activity".
".Even so, we were fully persuaded that any such modification should have the early intervention of the court," it added.
The committee further recommended that the draft bill be amended so as to require that all modifications made to a warrant by an authorised officer be submitted to the Supreme Court for confirmation as soon as is reasonably practicable and not later than seven days after the date of modification. Was this done in Kartel's case? We shall see.
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