Al Miller to ap­peal

Pop­u­lar pas­tor f lip-f lops on dec­la­ra­tion he would not con­test con­vic­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ro­mario Scott Gleaner Writer ro­mario.scott@glean­erjm.com

THE REV­EREND Al Miller, back­ing away from his dec­la­ra­tion that he would not con­test his con­vic­tion for at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice, is head­ing to court to ap­peal the guilty ver­dict handed down by Par­ish Judge Si­mone Wolf Reece ear­lier this year.

In a state­ment to the me­dia yes­ter­day, Miller’s at­tor­ney, Jac­que­line Sa­muel­sBrown, said the sud­den about-turn came af­ter the pop­u­lar cler­gy­man re­ceived “ad­vice, the urg­ing of many in­di­vid­u­als, and his own prayer­ful re­flec­tion on all that tran­spired lead­ing up to, at, and since trial”.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, “Rev­erend Miller has in­structed that based on all the above, he be­lieves it is im­por­tant for the Court of Ap­peal to con­sider and rule on the im­por­tant le­gal is­sues aris­ing from his case, in­clud­ing Ja­maica’s re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly in the con­text of ex­tra­di­tion mat­ters and .... the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the cit­i­zen and the po­lice.”

When The Gleaner con­tacted Sa­muels-Brown’s of­fice, a woman, who re­fused to iden­tify her­self, abruptly dis­con­nected the call, only say­ing, “What’s in the state­ment ob­tains.”

Paula Llewellyn, the coun­try’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions (DPP), yes­ter­day told The Gleaner that Miller was within his rights to ap­peal.

She, how­ever, said that her of­fice had not re­ceived any pa­pers re­gard­ing the ap­peal.

“The at­tor­neys would have to serve some­thing [to state] that they have the in­ten­tion to ap­peal, but they have a par­tic­u­lar time in which they have to do it. They can al­ways put in hold­ing grounds, and then later on, they can ask the per­mis­sion of the court to file sup­ple­men­tal grounds,” she said.

READY TO BAT­TLE

The DPP said her of­fice would do re­search and pre­pare it­self to beat what­ever the grounds are on which the de­fence files its ap­peal.

Miller was charged with per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice in July 2010 when then fugi­tive Christo­pher ‘Dudus’ Coke was found in his com­pany trav­el­ling along the Man­dela High­way in St Cather­ine.

Miller had tes­ti­fied that he was trans­port­ing Coke to the US Em­bassy with the full knowl­edge of the Po­lice High Com­mand. He de­nied ever try­ing to elude the po­lice.

Wolfe Reece re­jected Miller’s tes­ti­mony and said ev­i­dence pre­sented at the trial sup­ported a find­ing of fact that Miller was seek­ing to evade the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in their quest to ar­rest Coke.

Miller had been ini­tially charged with har­bour­ing a fugi­tive and at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice. How­ever, the charge of har­bour­ing a fugi­tive was dropped shortly af­ter the trial be­gan.

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