Archive for the ‘court’ Tag

Buju Banton denies the drugs charge

Photo by Soul Brother/ FilmMagic

Buju Banton was charged in Miami for trying to buy 5kg of cocaine from an undercover police.

Buju’s attorney is denying the charges on his behalf but Buju is looking at very serious charges indeed.  He could get up to 20 years in prison if he gets convicted for trying to deal those drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in the US, said that Buju was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drugs.

He’s still in custody at the moment according to latest reports.

The Gleaner reports that he was wearing a beige jail jumpsuit and his dreads were tied back.  He’s accused with two other people.

His supporters are calling it a fix – up, details of what happened are up on the LATimes blog. They print some interesting details about how Buju arrived in a car with a “Jah One” license plate and how the negotiations for the cocaine started in a restaurant and more details here on MTV.

It looks bad bad bad for Buju.  UPDATE – he was in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty again in Tampa, he did not ask for bail as he will be detained on immigration if he does that.

Jungle Justice

South Camp prison in Kingston photo by Christina Xu

South Camp prison in Kingston photo by Christina Xu

What I am about to write, is not unrelated to my last post about police in Jamaica dispensing their own kind of justice.

In a clear admission that the court system is not working, the Prime minister says the system is under “severe stress”; he and his Justice Minister have come up with this idea of  “restorative justice”.  It’s a project where, as far as I can tell,  ordinary people can get some kind of training and then dispense this within their communities.

I’d be interested in looking at the whole system of justice in Jamaica – or rather the lack of it.  Starting off at the gun court, where witnesses are afraid to speak out and murderers go free.  Then to look at how the law works through the eyes of one of the island’s lawyers.  I knew someone who always had to go to the police station to get her nephew bailed out all the time, but those youths (his friends) who did not have a family member knowledgable in the law, then there was an entirely different kind of justice for them – usually ending up in GP.

Then there’s  jungle justice that this new programme is trying to replace.

But why replace it?

Jungle justice is cheap, because it doesn’t involve expensive lawyers, it’s quick because no court delays hold it up,  it’s a deterrent because it usually involves an execution and it’s a clear for all to see, because it happens right there on the street.

Seems rather more effective than what happens in the Gun Court.


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