Jamaica Vs. Barbadoes:

                                                                   Recently a Jamaican woman Shanique Myrie alleged that she was finger raped by Barbadian Customs  Officials on March 14 th of this year when she attempted to enter that country. Miss  Myrie told the Jamaica Observer that it was her first ever trip out of Jamaica, she stated that she was subjected to invasive cavity search by the officials who added insult to injury by hurling insults  about Jamaicans at her. However, Barbadian authorities counter-claimed she was lured into the island by a known human trafficker.She has lodged a formal complaint with the foreign ministry, in which she reported the inhumane treatment meted out to her at the hands of Border Services Officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-finger-rape-victim-visiting-Barbados#ixzz1UOeCzGtT.

This is not the first allegation of sexual abuse leveled at law enforcement authorities in Barbadoes by Jamaican women.

In another incident, a Jamaican woman caught attempting to smuggle ganja, accused two Barbadian officers of raping and sexually assaulting her while she was in custody. Two cops have since been charged with sexual assault and aiding and abetting but a third cop accused of rape cannot be found and Barbadian police say they believe he may have fled the island.  As far as Authorities in Barbadoes are concerned there is a burgeoning problem with Jamaicans trafficking drugs into  that country, and entering Barbadoes for the purpose of prostitution. This has caused some friction between the Jamaican Government and Barbadian Authorities. The Jamaican Government of course always quick on the trigger with its knee jerk responses, and absolute unwillingness to appropriately deal with the vexing issue of crime in Jamaica. No one knows for sure what is the truth involved in the matter of miss Myrie except her and the officers involved in that incident, we do hope that the truth will come out and if there was wrong doing on the part of the officers , justice will be done. One can only imagine how horrifying that incident must have been for her travelling out of the Island for the first time, irrespective of  any  crimes  others may have committed previously, she certainly did not deserve to be treated with such indignity for the transgressions of others.

Just last week.

Eight Jamaicans who were among twenty people detained on suspicion of smuggling drugs into Barbados remain under police guard, as the process to retrieve the contraband from their stomach continues.Two Barbadian nationals were also held following their arrival, Wednesday, on a Caribbean Airlines flight at Grantley Adams International Airport.Public Relations Officer for the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector David Welch who provided an update on the investigations revealed that the number of persons detained in this week’s drug bust surpasses the number of foreigners arrested at any one time  for contraband, on arrival in the island.“We have put measures in place in order to continue to keep the surveillance of air and seaports for an activities like this” he said.The Barbados police spokesman was unable to provide details on the amount of drugs retrieved from each individual.He says at the end of the process, the Drug Squad will tabulate the amount and separate charges will be laid. Investigators are yet to determine whether those arrested were travelling as a group.

Meanwhile, two women caught importing cocaine into Jamaica were on Thursday sentenced to 18 months in prison and slapped with heavy fines. Those convicted are 30-year-old Alecia Williams of May Pen, Clarendon; and 25-year-old Babeth Bowland of Alexandria, St Ann.The two pleaded guilty when they appeared before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court. The narcotics police had reported that on July 27, Bowland was returning to the island on a flight from Guyana; at Norman Manley International Airport; when she was stopped and searched.Nearly three pounds of cocaine was found in a pair of sneakers in her suitcase.The following day, Williams was returning on a flight from Trinidad; when she was also stopped and searched. The cops say she was found to be in possession of nearly two pounds of cocaine.In addition to their 18-month sentences, the two were each fined 650-thousand dollars. They will serve an additional six months in prison if they fail to pay the fines. Fri. Aug.05,2011 8:00pm(courtesy RJR news)

I posted these news clips from media houses in Jamaica , there were similar reports in the Barbadian dailies. What is obvious is that the Barbadian Officials are correct in what they say about Jamaicans bringing drugs into their country, as is evidenced the Royal Barbados Police are more determined to stamp out this scourge. If those Jamaicans still under Police guard were actually suspected of having the contraband in Jamaica they  certainly would not be under Police guard.

There would be howls of protest  demanding that they be released. And a deafening chorus from  Elitists,  arguing with  incredulity, that  police time could be spent in such trivial ways . It is evident that Authorities in Jamaica still do not understand that problems of  crime , violence, and terrorism must be nipped in  the bud and eradicated before they  have  a chance to take root. Just this week a prominent Jamaican Journalist Dennie Quill  wrote a column berating the Police for doing exactly what they were supposed to do, uphold the laws.

In his grandiosity this is the reasons he has a problems with the police.

‘Quote” Here are examples of what I mean.

(1)         In the first case, a motorist leaves home on a lazy Sunday to buy the newspapers a short distance away. He has the exact change for his intended purchase but has left behind his wallet with his identification. He is driving his girlfriend’s car. He is stopped by the police and cannot provide his licences. He is threatened with arrest, the car is about to be seized and an ugly scene develops. Eventually, he is accompanied to his home where his girlfriend is present and assures the police that the car belongs to her and that it had not been stolen and that the man driving it had her permission to do so.

(2)Then there is another case in which a motorist is being driven to the airport by her son, who is a duly licensed driver. They are stopped by the police and the car papers are not in the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle and mother of the driver, explains that she changed her handbag that morning and had inadvertently left the car papers behind since she would not need them for her trip overseas. This sounds like a reasonable explanation. However, the policeman is not buying it. He threatens to seize the car until proof of ownership can be established. He accompanies them to the airport and then to the nearby police station.

(3)And, finally, a mother of a five-year-old is taking her daughter to school one morning. It is the end of the month and the police are strategically placed all over the city carrying out their spot checks. She is stopped and her insurance has expired. She explained that she had been overseas and had just returned to the island overnight and would have it rectified that day. The policeman was not convinced. He was on his phone in a flash and before she could tell her name, the car was seized she was left on the sidewalk to explain to her child what had just occurred.(Jamaica Gleaner .com Aug 3: 2011)

In all three instances here the motorists are wrong, broke the law and the actions of  the police justified, except following the motorist to their homes to verify their stories . The police has absolutely no obligation to follow a motorist home to verify a story , that is a matter for the courts, the offence was committed, take the car, arrest the offender , tell it to the judge. At least that is what happens in a country of laws and people who obey laws , not in  wild west Jamaica. as if this ignorance was not enough this  journalist had more to say .

Quote: In all the above cases, I am pointing to the manner in which the law is applied by the police. It is arbitrary and situational

What I have to say to Dennie quill is this. In all of the above cases the police was right , go get a copy of the road traffic act  read it and don’t open your damn mouth untill you get a clue.

The officers must never accompany anyone anywhere to verify anything, this opens them up to all kinds of accusations of criminality and corruption , if the police are guilty of anything , it is doing too much. Arrest the offender , take the vehicle , let them tell it to the judge. The Irony inherent in that Article by Quill was the ability of one fool to make many , there was a plethora of ” yes boss yes boss” type responses to the nonsense . The usual anti police , anti rule of law comments  we have all come to expect from Jamaicans. I urge the police authorities to continue to arrest for minor infractions and do not wait for large crimes, let the village lawyers like Quill, and all the others complain, as long as they have their papers with them when they drive, they are entitled to freedom of speech.

What I want to point to  however, is the sentence meted out to the women by the Jamaican courts Alecia Williams was sentenced to 18 months for bringing almost 2 pounds of cocaine into the country and fined J$650.000 . Babeth Bowland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for bringing almost 3 pounds of cocaine into the country and fined J$650;000 , both ordered to serve an additional 6 months in jail if they do not pay the fine. Message to all Drug dealers ,Jamaica is open for business, this is absolutely the place for those who wants to deal  drugs. I mean are you kidding me what kind of lunacy is this ?  Are the brains of these Judges corroded with cobwebs? these moronic Judges have literally turned the country into a banana republic.

Mark Myrie (Buju Banton) sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison after being convicted of conspiracy to deal in narcotics, he did not deal the contraband. 10 years . In Jamaica people get caught bringing pounds of narcotics into the country and gets slapped on the wrist with feathers. Anyone wondering why Jamaica is one of the murder capitals of the world needs look no further,.

I write on this situation in these blogs under the title (Jamaica”s  mad liberal Judges) about the absolute disgrace of a justice system that obtains there. The broken system creates all kinds of backlash, police apathy, police taking bribes, escalation in serious crimes, witness killings, witness tampering, victims not reporting crimes, disrespect for the rule of law, alleged extra- judicial killings, mob killings, no confidence  in the system to dispense justice, and the list goes on and on.

Jamaican authorities have systematically failed to put criminals in jail where they belong.  Jamaica is a trial lawyers paradise, they love the systematic  corruption within the population,to include their own colleagues, and gross neglect on the part of activist judges. The population is at the mercy of doped up mindless demons who systematically rape, rob, and decapitate their helpless, hapless victims  with un-encumbered abandon. The dope that is brought in by those very mules, are  the dope that transforms the mindless killers to indulge in their ghoulish pastime. Myopic Jamaican Authorities are clueless as to how to deal with this scourge, but have the nerve to challenge Barbadian Authorities who wants a crime free country, or at least one that is free of Jamaican drug crazed decapitations, they have that right.

It becomes clearer by the day that the voices of anarchy are getting louder and louder, my father tells me there is a silent majority of Jamaicans who really want to see change in the other direction . I am a doubter, where are they?  At every level of Jamaican society there is an incomprehensible support and encouragement  for criminality, those who do not support or encourage it ,spend their time rationalizing it. Speaking out against crime in Jamaica can get you killed.

It has become increasingly hard for the Jamaican Government to open their mouths to the Barbadian Government in light of recent developments. On the same day that group was arrested , two other Jamaicans were each sentenced to 3 year terms of imprisonment in Barbadoes for smuggling drugs into that country. Those recent events have dealt  Barbadoes a public relations coup , one that will continue to reverberate around the Caribbean, while our people continue in their mindless quest of material wealth at all cost, consequences  be dammed.

2 thoughts on “Jamaica Vs. Barbadoes:

  1. This is the first response to the Myrie case by anyone who identifies himself as also being Jamaican that I have found well reasoned. I well remember the rest my fellow Jamaicans roundly condemning Barbados for mere accusations that have yet to be proven (and never will be if Myrie’s lawyers get their way apparently). I’ve now come to believe that it is part of a wider superiority-inferiority complex that a lot of other Jamaicans have (I know I don’t have it because I love all West Indians and feel no jealously towards any). They feel that Jamaica should be superior based on the drivel we are fed by corrupt politicians and based on the economic situations of the past (the distant past), but they feel inferior because a lot of the other West Indian territories are progressing ahead while Jamaica goes in reverse (so Barbados and the Bahamas are now officially First World countries due to their economic progress and Guyana has seen sustained economic growth and even resource poor “small island” territories such as St. Lucia and Belize (an island in terms of culture and language on the mainland) have progressed beyond us or are set to do so). This is then fed by over political machinations. Note which newspaper trumpeted the Myrie case the loudest and disgustingly published obviously biased descriptions of the events (“finger rape” instead of “cavity search”) and full lurid details (bearing in mind that children could easily read the account). Note also that this same newspaper only published one side of the story and only when the rest of the story was published elsewhere did they make passing reference to the reputed woman-trafficker; at which point incidentally Ms. Myrie’s story changed slightly in that particular paper – she originally said “everything checked out” in terms of where she was staying but then when the news about the potential woman-trafficker came out, she stopped saying that and even indicated that at no point after she left Jamaica did she actually speak with the woman she was supposed to be staying with whom she met on the internet (and apparently never met in person). Whatever may have been Ms. Myrie’s true intention in going to Barbados, she does not deserve to have been cavity searched outside of the proper protocols and verbally abused. I’ve been very skeptical though of the veracity of her claims because I just find it too difficult to believe that she was telling immigration authorities the truth when she claimed she was going to Barbados to stay for two weeks with a woman whom she met over the internet after having never left Jamaica before. That to me is a fishy story and if she had actually been lying to the authorities there, how are we supposed to know if she was telling the truth to the papers here?

    Yet another example of how our State apparatus is making it abundantly clear to criminals that Jamaica is wide open for business is the David Smith case. Smith got sentenced to six years in prison in the Turks and Caicos Islands and recently was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the United States, yet absolutely no investigations have been initiated in Jamaica against OLINT. But then again OLINT bankrolled very prominent politicians (just look at the names in the emails from this blogsite on OLINT: http://www.olintja.com/photo_gallery/photo_gallery.htm – also note how these politicians are connected to “columnists” in certain newspapers and to a certain business partner for Mr. Christopher Coke), so what can we expect? More and more Jamaica is becoming a safehaven for criminals. A man recently charged with drug dealing in Connecticutt (or it might have been somewhere else in New England) fled on bail to Jamaica and the authorities there have practically given up on getting him extradited because the authorities here have made it difficult. I remember the comments to that story were shocking – with persons saying it was the fault of the authorities over there for granting him bail and that it should be difficult to extradite Jamaicans because solid evidence must be presented or that it is unfair because it is not easy to extradite Americans. And only this year a man accused of murder in a Brixton nightclub in 2009 who fled to Jamaica was “saved” from extradition as a result of an (intentional?) dispute between the Director of Public Prosections office and the Minister of Justice (Lightbourne at the time) which resulted in the man being held longer than prescribed by law under a provisional warrant (the same kind of warrant by the way that Lightbourne felt the Americans should have asked for when they requested Dudus’ extradition). So he was released and is unlikely to ever be extradited again.

    If Jamaica’s authorities and society were serious then we would really clamp down on drugs and crime, whilst paying proper attention to education, infrastructure and health. We like to compare ourselves to Singapore, but Singapore has as many people as found in the entire English-speaking Caribbean (the West Indies) on an island the size of Dominican. Plus Singapore executes drug traffickers (by hanging). We give them 18 months in prison and pretend nothing is going on when the UK complains about drug mules. Only when the UK does our job for us by imposing visas do we suddenly get excited. Likewise when the Cayman Islands complain about drug traffickers and illegal migrants we pretend not to hear them. Then when they impose visas our superiority-inferiority complex kicks in and we “retaliate” with visas on Caymanians (not that it makes any difference since Caymanians can now get full British citizenship and full British passports and avoid our puny visas). If we were really serious we should be charging those drug mules for attempting to export illicit substances (so once they get back, if they ever do from prison abroad, they would serve a separate sentence for a separate offence) and revoke the passports of anyone who (knowingly) has been proven to have violated laws abroad (inside your passport it basically says the passport is the property of the government and can be revoked – so why don’t they take those passports away from drug mules and illegal migrants?). Build more prisons, impose harsher sentences, provide more money to police to ensure thorough investigations, allow all appeals to ensure innoncents are not mistakenly locked up, have frequent case reviews and sufficient compensation for those wrongfully imprisoned and above all, stop borrowing money and go after tax evaders. Imagine we borrowed about J$110-115 billion from the IMF when in 2008 the government estimated that it was owed J$50-58 billion in taxes from Jamaicans alone (which goes up to J$130-138 billion if one includes penalties and interest). We should stop borrowing, go after tax cheats and use that money on education, health, infrastructure and security so that we attack criminality from all ends (the root in poverty and substandard or no education and at it’s tips and branches on the streets). Then we can use our current debts, along with the debts of our Caricom partners to invest in projects that will actually generate money for all of us (the region as a whole) such as ethanol production from our sugar cane and refining alumina into aluminium using Guyana’s Essequibo River as the Hydroelectric power source (and cooling source) for the plant (now remember that aluminium costs approx US$1 per pound but alumina (which is what we export) costs approx US$0.12 per pound and two pounds of alumina would go into each pound of aluminium – so aluminium costs 4 times as much as alumina).

  2. Terrific post Jon , thanks for visiting, and do visit again.
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