A 32-year-old pie vendor of Mustapha Lane, El Socorro, was denied bail yesterday when he appeared in court facing six charges including kidnapping a courier attached to the Chinese Embassy.
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Jamaica’s Reverend Merrick “Al” Miller, he of Kingston’s Fellowship Tabernacle mega-church, has a little problem with the law.
He’s before the courts, charged with harbouring a fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke back in June 2010, and perverting the course of justice. Miller was then leader of the government’s National Transformation Programme; and apparently had a hot-line to Coke and Company.
Coke—in a woman’s curly wig—was held with Miller in a heavily-tinted RAV4 after a 105-mph chase, say the police. “Dudus” was swiftly sent Stateside, tried on drugs charges, and sentenced to 23 years.
Miller argues that he was escorting Coke on a voluntary surrender mission, direct to the US Embassy. That may well stack up in court; we’ll hear more in September, when the case resumes.
But a woman’s wig, now. That’s a big deal in Jamaica.
The reverend’s thoughts, though, are not all of the courtroom. Last Tuesday, the Jamaica Observer gave him a generous platform to talk about rain.
The Reverend Al kicked off with a quote from Leviticus: “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit in due season.”
Rain they need. Jamaica is deep in drought.