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Uphold the law

Published:Friday | March 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor,
Sir:

The deep-seated polarisation that exists in Jamaican society because of politics, in my view, will hinder development of Jamaica. It is full time Jamaicans start to think, argue, defend, and fight for issues that affect them, not the green or orange.

The 'Dudus' Coke saga has highlighted and given some credibility to this view. We have all heard of Mr Coke's connection to the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). It is because of this association that short-sighted Jamaicans are missing the true implications of the decision of the Government of Jamaica not to extradite Coke. Many don't see these series of events as a strong signal of a government respecting the rights of a citizen of Jamaica. Many see it as Golding defending a JLP area don.

Whether Mr Coke is guilty or not, what the prime minister has indicated is that the method of attaining the evidence against Mr Coke was illegal, and it was on those grounds that the extradition was refused. Now it is full time the laws of the land are respected, especially as it relates to a citizen of Jamaica. For the first time in my life I have seen a Jamaican government official stand up for a Jamaican citizen, especially against the very powerful USA. Shouldn't we be celebrating that fact?

I am, etc.,

AUDLEY GILPIN Jr

audleygilpin@yahoo.com

Toronto, Canada