Mais fam­ily right to feel frus­trated

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: WHEN I read that the judge in the Kha­jeel Mais case or­dered the fam­ily to quit dis­cussing the case on so­cial me­dia, I said to my­self, we do not only have jack­asses rep­re­sent­ing us as politi­cians, but we have them sit­ting in court­rooms met­ing out what is mis­taken for jus­tice.

A week or so ago, the sis­ter of young Mais— who was shot and killed in cold blood sim­ply for sit­ting in a taxi whose driver dared to scratch an X6, the driver of which was so in­censed that he opened fire at the taxi, killing the 17-year-old Kingston Col­lege stu­dent — took to so­cial me­dia, air­ing her frus­tra­tion at the fact that jus­tice for her brother was yet to be seen.

She sought the help of the prime min­is­ter and the jus­tice min­is­ter, the out­come of which was for some judge to dare to sug­gest that all ma­te­ri­als hav­ing any­thing to do with this case be re­moved from so­cial me­dia?

The life of a child was cut short in 2011, and the ac­cused is still out on bail and has been al­lowed to go about his busi­ness for five years. The judge has the au­dac­ity to think that he can dic­tate what can and can­not be posted on so­cial me­dia as it re­gards jus­tice for the fam­ily of this child? Once again the case was post­poned, and the judge wants to sit on his throne of jus­tice and ex­pect the fam­ily to be silent?

I se­ri­ously have to won­der if this were the child of any top Ja­maican, would jus­tice have al­ready been served?

Do lives only mat­ter when they are those of the elite and wealthy among us?

At what point will the ghost of young Mais be able to rest? At what point will his fam­ily find some peace? Wel­come to jus­tice in Ja­maica.

MICHELLE BRAD­SHAW

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