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It's finally over

Friday, April 04, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

Just as I expected Adidja Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel, was sentenced for a very long stay with his greatest admirers.

I am glad it's over as I became tired of hearing different angles and testimonies that went around the world, although important. Tom Tavares-Finson's juggling act and the pitiful party outside the court gates annoyed me much.

However, there are few things I want to point out with the judicial system in Jamaica. This trial was the longest I have ever seen. Even when Justice Campbell attempted to put his foot down towards its completion, it just went on.

But what of a trial for the Kern Spencer light bulb case, the X6 murder incident or the Cash Plus fiasco? Every day we hear of them being put off, not enough evidence, something new is found, or nothing at all. There are others waiting for justice also. I am getting annoyed with the surprises in these outstanding national issues.

Then there are Mr Palmer's supporters calling for the court to 'free Worl' Boss'. Are these people so blinded to what they like about the deejay that they can't see he has now been sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of Clive Williams? Is he so great that he can't commit a crime? Is he invincible? Why then would the police have arrested him so long ago if they didn't find anything? Evidence doesn't lie and cannot be hid.

No juror in his/her right mind, after all that time, energy and evidence, would really free 'di teacha'. I really hope the jurors get good money to compensate them for their patience.

For the defence, I do hope they don't waste the time to appeal, because no sensible judge would reopen the case for another Gaza drama series.

Some Jamaicans only see what they want to see all the time. They never see the moral and good way of behaving. But which society is perfect? The problem is that these people make us look foolish internationally.

As citizens who love their country and want it to prosper it is going to take a lot to change the mindset of some of us Jamaicans to improve our lives and this country. For too long we have allowed foolishness to step in the way of good morals and common sense. Mr Palmer, who has the last laugh? Aha.

Colette Campbell






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