Below are reactions from readers of www.jamaica-gleaner.com to yesterday's leads story, 'Web of conspiracy: Vaz, Bicknell, Forbes face judge today; sergeant allegedly pressured to drop bribery case'.
Honourable men do honourable things, but when you are crooked, regardless of name or status, you will do crooked things. Sergeant Llewellyn, I salute you for your honourable action.
Vaz has no place allegedly trying to get the officer to drop the charge. That action in itself is a charge.
In a time of strange happenings , this is up there with one of the strangest. First of all, can Mr Bicknell not afford to pay for a traffic ticket? I mean, how much could a ticket for driving 30km over the speed limit be? And what is this alleged $2,000 in an envelope with his car papers? Is he in the habit of offering $2,000 to traffic cops ? And what is 2,000 Jamaican dollars anyway? That is not a bribe, that is an insult! And why did all these 'big men' allegedly get involved in this foolishness over a traffic ticket at risk to their good name and reputation?
- L G
Twists and turns
Amazing how a traffic violation can take so many twists and turns.
Could not this matter be handled by the justice system? I commend every police officer who tries to do the right and honourable thing, even under the most trying circumstances.
Thank you for doing your job, Sergeant Llewellyn. You are a man of great character and strong enough not to bow under the pressure they applied to you. No one should be above the law, whether you're rich or poor, weak or strong, well-connected or have no connections at all. We should all respect the law and abide by it. Jail for some and a free pass for others is not fair. I hope more policemen and women will follow his lead. If you want to build a better Jamaica - I know that some of you don't - then we must act responsibly and do our best to uphold the law. That way, order will be achieved and maintained.
The police brass always complain whenever a high-ranking post in the department is being filled by Scotland Yard. It is men like Asst Commissioner Justin Felice who help to see that the police force is run with integrity.
Stick to the end
Good for Sgt Llewellyn! I hope he sticks this one out to the end and survives with flying colours!
- Ms B
Salute Sgt Llewellyn
I salute you, Sgt Llewellyn. Hold fast to your ideals and do not allow anyone to tarnish your principles. My prayers are with you and your family for added protection from the Man Above. Blessings on your life as you continue serving our country without fear and favour.
Vaz, being a parliamentarian and a lawmaker, has no right to seek to undermine the systems that are in place. If he is found guilty, he should be removed from parliament.