IN AN attempt to bar "corrupt money" from the judicial process, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington wants persons who commit gun crimes and are charged for drug trafficking to prove to the courts that their legal fees are not tainted.
In a presentation to the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament yesterday, the commissioner argued that criminals used their illegally acquired resources to "manipulate the criminal-justice system".
"We have had accused persons who have featured in well over 30 murders. They are being investigated for many murders, and they can secure bail easily," Ellington said.
He appeared to be at a loss that some persons accused of certain crimes could secure several bail hearings, which he said could, perhaps, last longer than the criminal trials for which they have been charged.
REVEAL SOURCE OF FUNDS
"The force recommends that persons charged for gun crimes and drug-trafficking crimes prove to the satisfaction of the courts that their legal fees are not tainted money. It is something that should be seriously considered in Jamaica," the police chief told members of the special select committee.
Convicted drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who was tried for drug running, racketeering conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit assault, had to reveal the source of his legal fees, which is a requirement under United States law.
Entertainer Mark Myrie, otherwise known as Buju Banton, was also required to divulge the source of his legal fees.