No faith in jus­tice sys­tem

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: AS WE come to terms with the ver­dict of the re­cent X6 mur­der trial, how the case has me­an­dered over the years is some­what dis­taste­ful.

If lead pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Taylor was se­ri­ously in­ter­ested in pros­e­cut­ing Pa­trick Pow­ell, this case would not have been over. Un­der­stand­ing the court sys­tem, it’s ev­i­dence brought that re­ally mat­ters. Here are a few ques­tions left unan­swered. Where is the gun? What is the ba­sis on which Mais had gun­pow­der residue on his hand?

Does the taxi driver have a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Mr Pow­ell?

It will take con­sti­tu­tional change to bring in­tegrity and trust­wor­thi­ness to the ju­di­cial sys­tem. Kha­jeel Mais has been laid to rest since July 16, 2011. His ac­cused killer now walks free on Oc­to­ber 24, 2016. Legally speak­ing, Mr Pow­ell is an in­no­cent man. While emo­tional re­ac­tions are pour­ing out on so­cial me­dia, this may be an­other eye-opener.

I hope the min­is­ter of jus­tice and the al­ways dis­com­bob­u­lated di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions can use this to ig­nite a na­tional agenda in which con­sti­tu­tional change can be made be­fore fur­ther such dis­as­ters. This could have been any­body’s child.

It is time for our Gov­ern­ment to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple re­gard­ing our hu­man rights. Is it a right to bru­tally mur­dered? I re­ally look for­ward to a day when we can trust the jus­tice sys­tem. ZUKIE JAR­RETT Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent, Demo­cratic Yutes United To Evolve Change

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