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Letters to the Editor

10 questions for a mute majority

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Too many of us Jamaicans have been blind, deaf, and dumb when it comes to murders happening in Jamaica.

Neville Germain, a black Jamaican, was murdered in the house of a prominent attorney to whom he was well known and for whom he had worked. This murder took place so long ago and to date no one has been held as a suspect. If it were the attorney who had been killed in his house, and the man was established to have been in the house at the time, chances are an arrest of some kind would have been made.

The family of the deceased man, obviously in pain, which most of us have ignored, has complained about police inaction. But despite assurances from the police that no cover-up will take place and no stone will be left unturned, there is little knowledge as to what has been done and, worse, the police does not seem eager to give the public any further assurances of its commitment to fully investigate this matter.

Here are 10 questions the police need to answer in the interest of accountability and justice:

(1) Has the bullet been traced to a gun and the owner of the gun?

(2) If the answer to (1) is 'yes', has the owner been interviewed?

(3) If the answer to (1) is 'no', has a ballistic test been conducted on the bullet?

(4) If the answer to (3) is 'yes', was the gun and gun owner positively identified?

(5) If the answer to (3) is 'no', why has not a test been done and when will it be done?

(6) Was the house of the attorney or the premises equipped with a surveillance camera?

(7) If the answer to (6) is 'yes', has the footage been reviewed?

(8) If the answer to (7) is 'no', why not and when will this be done?

(9) Has the police established whether a third person was in the house immediately before and immediately after the murder occurred?

(10) If the answer to (9) is 'yes', who is that person and why is not his or her name made public and his or her status as a suspect or non-suspect or witness declared?

This seeming mystery could have happened to any one of us and we owe it to a safer Jamaica to not remain silent.

Canute Thompson




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