Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, has criticised the nation's legislators for the retention of the law which penalises the age-old practice of obeah.
Addressing Saturday's annual general meeting of the St. Catherine chapter of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, Mr. Taylor says such a law is inconsistent with section 21 of the Jamaican constitution.
“It cannot be shown in Jamaica where the practice of obeah is a danger to public safety, public order and public morality or public health of the nation. The retention of this law is repugnant to the spirit of the Constitution and must be repealed,” Mr. Taylor said.
He added that the police no longer seriously enforce the Obeah Act.