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Thanks, Gleaner, for amnesty clarity

Published:Friday | January 11, 2013

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I wish to thank you very much for taking the time and effort to research and write 'Walking on thin ice with traffic arrests' as a guest columnist in The Gleaner on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

I fit into one of the categories of persons described in the third paragraph of the article. I attended the Traffic Court after inadvertently omitting to pay fines at the collectorate. One of the two charges was dismissed and I paid the remaining fine. Five years later, the database indicates that the fines for two traffic violations are still outstanding.

I did not seek amnesty, because I thought that it would have been manifestly unjust for me to have done so, even though the fines amounted to only $3,000. I brought the matter to the attention of the Ministry of National Security in writing and asked The Gleaner to publish my letter, which it did on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, under the headline 'Nothing short of injustice'. I am yet to have a response.

I am very grateful to you (and to The Gleaner) for providing me, a law-abiding citizen, with information in your article that supports the actions I have taken and which were designed to preserve the rule of law. Many thanks.

CEDRIC E. STEPHENS

aegis@cwjamaica.com