Entertainers Say No To CCJ. After X6 Muder Trial Verdict

Radio personality DJ Lux is encouraging Caribbean citizens to reject
the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final court of appeal, in
the event that the matter is raised again by respective governments.

DJ Lux, who was speaking in response to the news that businessman
Patrick Powell was freed of all charges related to the 2011 shooting
death of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, rose the concern that the CCJ will
only serve to benefit the wealthy and further erode a justice system. He
also suggested that Jamaica’s upper class and the judges are already
comrades.

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“So the CCJ is based in Trinidad, and Trinidad has carnival, which is
their biggest export and is supported by their corporate companies,
right? And who from Jamaica supports carnival the most? Nuh the upper
class. So they are already associates with Trinidadians and have
developed social relationships. 

I am not straying from the point, but I
just want Jamaicans and other people in the Caribbean to think and look
at the issues we might have to deal with. If indeed the wealthy and
powerful are associates, then they will continue to bend the rule and
benefit each other at will, and we cannot have that,”
he said.

 

Relatively good job

 

The DJ also said the Privy Council has been doing a relatively good
job, which is satisfactory in comparison to the Jamaican judicial
system.

“We are still far from the ball. We took five years to start a trial,
man decide if him want to hand in gun or not. There was no
video-recording of witnesses’ first confession … so what are we doing?
Dem nuh watch Law and Order and take notes? I say, let the Privy
Council stay as the final court of appeal and I want Caribbean people
to shut this down the minute the issue is raised again. They want to say
we are so independent from England . 

Well, guess what? We might be
independent, but somebody else a run things here and it still facilitate
segregation and we can’t afford to give them more power,” he said.

Media personality MC Nuffy also shared his opinion on the matter. He said classism is too much of an issue to even entertain the thought of giving the CCJ so much power.

“Seriously, a dat unno wah duh? Mi coulda never want such a thing inna
the Caribbean; better it stay inna England. Based on how Jamaica a run,
if the thing suh corrupted, imagine if the final court of appeal come to
the Caribbean … . When it comes to the Caribbean, that a when unno a
guh get fi do all unno want to do. No, no, no, better it stay a England,
mi wi gwaan work wid dat. If that come in the Caribbean, it will be a
uptown thing … mi a tell unno the blunt truth,”
MC Nuffy said.

The House of Representatives voted for Jamaica to leave the United
Kingdom-based Privy Council and establish the CCJ as Jamaica’s final
court of appeal in May 2015. However, there remain several
technicalities before the final decision is to be made especially with a
new government in power.

Jamaica-star.com

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