For those of us who are concerned about lawlessness in Jamaica, and more so, those of us who venture to speak out about the Jamaican authorities failure to protect the nation from criminals, we must also be prepared to defend Jamaica’s sovereignty, and our Jamaican nationals when others wrong them.
The continued detention of four men by American Immigration Authorities must be cause for alarm and outcry from law-abiding people everywhere who believe in the rule of law, and equal treatment under the law, be they local or international laws.
People and nations respect and follow laws when they are convinced that all are equal under said laws. No person or country should be above the laws, be they local or international laws.
Jamaican Attorney Bert Samuels, a partner at the law firm Knight, Junor, and Samuels, has every right to be indignant about the firm’s clients, four Jamaicans who were arrested by the United States Coast Guard under allegations that they were a part of a narcotic smuggling ring and their boat destroyed.
According to Bert Samuels, the men were initially detained for 73 days between October 11, 2020, and December 23, 2020, after allegations that they were found with 150 gallons of liquid cocaine that turned out to be gasoline.
The men have been acquitted of all charges by a Florida Judge, yet they are being held by the US immigration officials, and are not allowed to return to their homes in Jamaica.
Being locked up in an immigration jail after being exonerated in a criminal court is the same as being punished even though they have been found not guilty in a court of law.
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/lawyer-questions-us-immigration-s-holding-men-cleared-by-court_210943?profile=1373
The attorney is well within his rights to be pissed at the Jamaican Government for not strongly advocating for these Jamaican citizens’ release. According to the attorney, the silence from Jamaica’s attorney general and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the men’s plight has been deafening.
He also [wants to know whether there will be an apology to the owner of the boat, his crew members and their family; an apology to Jamaica, a treaty State; and compensation for the loss of the vessel and its earning capacity — without their clients having to go through the expense of filing — and compensation for the virtual torture of Jamaicans and the tarnishing of their reputation on the pretense that they were involved in a massive cocaine trade].
The United States cannot have one set of rules for itself and another for everyone else.
Institutions like the United Nations, the International Court Of Justice, and other Organizations that the United States helped to create have kept the world out of a third world war for 75-years.
Before creating those Agencies, there was only a 25-year span between world wars one and two.
If there is going to be continued adherence to International laws, civilized nations must all have the confidence that all nations play by the same rules.
Might, cannot be the determinant of right, or we are all doomed.
It is now over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jamaican Attorney General to see to these four Jamaicans’ civil and human rights.
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