THE EDITOR, Sir:
I read with consternation the testimony of one of the US state witnesses in respect of the sentencing of Christopher Coke, a.k.a. 'Dudus'. If even 50 per cent of what was said is true, the question must be asked how this 'system' was allowed to thrive with impunity for so long.
One of the troubling aspects of this whole drama is the fact that had the United States of America not intervened, this 'system' would still be operating with impunity.
In this our 50th year of Independence, there needs to be much soul-searching to find solutions to mitigate against the endemic corruption which exists in our country that would allow such a monstrous 'system' to prevail.
Are any of our politicians, past and present, culpable in any of this? Should not the political architect of this monstrous 'system', as well as other politicians who were/are in cahoots with this evil 'system', be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity?! Are these any less crimes than that committed by Charles Taylor and others who have been sent to The Hague?
What hope is there for Jamaica over the next 50 years, if these questions are not adequately addressed?