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Where is justice in the USA?

Published:Friday | April 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I have noticed in recent times, both in the print and electronic media, that almost every Jamaican man, woman and child is now an 'authority' on the International Extradition Treaty between Jamaica and the United States of America.

The extradition treaty that now exists between Jamaica and the United States was signed by the former government of the People's National Party some time in 1994, and it has (mostly) benefited the USA since then.

It appears that when these criminals acts take place it is only the Jamaicans who are the guilty ones. I can give you a simple example.

Mr Christopher Coke, whose extradition from Jamaica the USA has demanded, to answer gun and drug charges in New York; have his so-called 'associates' in New York been charged? Are they in jail?

The alleged gun dealer: Is he, licensed by the state of New York to sell guns? And if so, to whom did he sell the guns, since Mr Coke has not been to the USA in 25 years? How did that alleged transaction take place?

Do the relevant authorities, the Attorney General's Department, believe that Mr Coke will get a fair trial in New York? Has any Jamaican who has been extradited to the USA ever got a fair trial? If so, who and when? A Jamaican who was extradited 20 years ago for a particular charge was slapped with four more charges when he got there. Where is the justice in the USA?

I am, etc.,


Kingston 8