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Letter of the Day | Double standard by JLP

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In about 2012, a Jamaican pilot was convicted in Qatar of a sexual offence involving a child. It is reported that he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment.

After he served his sentence, he was returned to Jamaica. Do we recall the advocacy of the present Jamaica Labour Party-led Government of Jamaica (JLP) that was then in Opposition, on behalf of the convicted pilot?

Do we recall the members of the present Government, who met the pilot at the airport, when he returned to Jamaica from prison in Qatar?

Now, this is same administration, through its minister of education, that is condemning the principal of Hampton School for attending the bail hearing of an accused child molester when she went there to support the traumatised wife of the accused.

It was politically expedient then to advocate for a convicted child molester and to meet and greet him at the airport, but now it is so wrong for someone to attend a bail hearing to support the wife of a person who is charged, but not convicted.

Isn't this double standard and hypocrisy?

STACY-ANN SMITH