Letters to the Editor

Crime and SOE bias

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I have been told that some $750 million had been stolen from banks in Jamaica in 2018 alone. There has been an approximate 10 per cent conviction rate on such matters, with most culprits getting a mere slap on the wrist, with a moderate fine.

This, I believe, illustrates a political bias to punish the poor and powerless and leave so-called white collar criminals virtually unbothered.

I consider the declaration of a state of emergency in economically challenged neighbourhoods discriminatory, because it dehumanises all its residents and strips them of their human rights, such as habeas corpus and the right to a fair trial.

In Jamaica I reside in New Kingston, but I still view it as unfair to strip already disenfranchised people of their human dignity, while giving other criminals special treatment.

Brian E Plummer


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