10 Jun 2008

Bent judiciary

Trinidad must have the lousiest judiciary in the world. That's by no means a small boast. With few exceptions, time and time again the judiciary has been an embarrassment or source of great mirth, for me at least.

I think I first realised the moronic nature when Hubert Volney allowed Brad Boyce to walk free from a potential manslaughter charge. I still wonder how much Volney gained by that.

Then, there is the Shazard Mohammed case, the Sheldon Des Vignes case, the Tota-Maharaj case, and the list goes on. I do notice quite a lot involved Shermie though. Hmm, can we call an audit on this man?

Right now, there is a case before the courts where some men are accused of killing an American citizen, (born in Trinidad, mind you). The US wants extradition for these men so they can be tried on American soil.

To me there is something fundamentally wrong with this.

If a crime is committed in one country, no matter where the victim is from, those crimes are prosecuted in the country where it has happened. I don't see anywhere else in the world where people are sent back to the countries of birth or naturalisation of their victims for trial. I don't recall Abdul Malik being sent to England for trial for the murder of Gale Ann Benson, who was incidentally the daughter of an MP in England.

I am wondering at the attitude of the present government in bending over and offering its nether hole to Uncle Sam. A right proper homosexual relationship (of sorts) is being forged here, and where will it end, no one knows. Maybe Pa-trick is just Bush's latest gal-pal.

Time, money and resources are being spent to hold extradition hearings when a proper 'NO' to Uncle Sam might have resulted in a full trial being held already.

I wonder too, if a trial is held in the US, who foots the bill for the witnesses, duncey investigators etc to attend these hearings there? Will it be Uncle Sam, or Pa-trick's regime?