I know. Time to leave Rev Al alone.

Except a man who acted solely at the behest of a mass murderer and drug don whom he actively hid from police during a road trip to nowhere continues to insist he’s God’s Jamaican representative who resolved a national crisis. Al continues to hold himself out as Jamaica’s moral compass before packed congregations every Sunday despite the embarrassment of a stumbling, stammering, sham of a “tell all” press conference telling nothing. At that press conference, media once again played softball with Al. Only the great Fae Ellington and young Kalilah Reynolds tried to hold him to account only to be subsequently accused by a most self-righteous blogger of being “offensive and inappropriate”. Jeez.  I suppose it’s ok for a convicted criminal to publicly undermine the Judge’s decision knowing she can’t reply? At least Al could reply freely to Fae and Kalilah.

Al gave the false impression he had express permission from Commissioner Ellington for his mission.  Ellington has kept a respectful silence but suggested we read Al’s Statement given immediately after the interception.

Al, interviewed on June 23 and 24, 2010 by Detective Inspectors Horace Forbes and Carey Lawes, was represented by Wentworth Charles and Leslie Campbell.  Some extracts:

“Q14: When was the last time you spoke to Coke?
A:     On June 22, 2010
Q16:  Where was he at that time?
A:     He was in the vehicle that we were traveling in
Q17:  What type of vehicle was it?
A:     I can’t recall
Q18: Are you the owner of this vehicle?
A:     No
Q19:  Who is the owner?
A:      I don’t know
Q20:  How did you come in possession of the vehicle?
A:      I was asked to drive it
Q21:  By whom?
A:      I don’t know the name of the person who asked me.
Q22:  Where were you when you got the instruction to drive the vehicle?
A:      In the St. Ann area
Q23:  What part of St. Ann
A:      I don’t want to answer that question
Q24:  Any particular reason why you don’t want to answer that question?
A:      …..Because of my pastoral responsibility that requires trust and
confidence to be placed in me which I will not betray as it is central to
my function.
Q26:  At the time you were asked to drive the vehicle did you ask who the
owner might be?
A:      No
Q27:  Did you know if the vehicle was a stolen vehicle?
A:      No
Q28:  Did you care that it might have been a stolen vehicle?
A:      Yes I would have care but I did not think about that at the time as I
was on a particular mission which was my focus at the time
Q29:  Was it a tinted vehicle?
A:      Yes
Q30:  Do you own a motor vehicle?
A:      Yes
Q31:  Is it a serviceable vehicle that can move up and down?
A:      Yes
Q32:  What kind of vehicle is it?
A:      I think it’s a 2007 Toyota Auris motor car
Q33:  Is it a tinted vehicle?
A:      No
Q34:  When last have you driven your vehicle?
A:      Two hours ago
Q38:  How did you get to St Ann?
A:      I was driven
Q39:  By whom?
A:      Given my pastoral duties and the requirement for trust and
confidentiality, I don’t wish to answer that question”

Al’s “mission” was so important he blindly followed instructions from a stranger to drive a strange car.

“Q58: What route did you take back from St. Ann?
A:     Moneague, Mount Rosser, Bog Walk, Spanish Town.
Q59: Did you know what would have been your ultimate destination?
A:     At his request he requested that we go to the American Embassy and in
our dialogue I was trying to persuade him going to the Commissioner’s
office but his preference was the US Embassy
Q60: Did you make contacts with anyone at either the Commissioner’s Office
or the US Embassy re the surrender of Christopher Coke?
A:     Yes contacts were made with both offices
Q61: To whom the contacts were made?
A:     I personally made contact with the US Embassy but I am not prepared
to give any names at this time.  In the case of the Commissioner’s
Office, I personally made a call seeking to locate the Commissioner.
Q62: What was the decision at the outset?
A:     No decision
Q63: When was the decision made for him to be taken to the Embassy on the
22nd of June 2010?
A:      No decision was made.  A request was made by him to go to the US
Embassy at the point of meeting.”

So there it is. The issue of permission to take Dudus to the Embassy NEVER arose with the Embassy or the Commissioner. It was Dudus’ spur of the moment “request” upon which Al unhesitatingly acted.

“ Q69:          Were you forcefully taken from Kingston to St Ann to transport
Mr. Coke?
A:    No
Q70: While traveling to and from St. Ann did you feel threatened in any
A:    No
Q71: Is it true that when you were intercepted by the police on the Mandela
highway they had to force you to make a stop?
A:    No
Q72: Prior to that, did you hear the siren from the police vehicle trying to
stop you?
A:    No
Q73: Was Coke at any time during the trip from St Ann to Kingston wearing
a wig?
A:     I did not notice a wig but headgear”

Seriously? I hope media now realizes how crucial to Rev Al’s credibility is the DISGUISE worn by Dudus while traveling in a car with tinted windows and dubious antecedents driven by a chauffeur who focussed solely on following orders.  Al recognized how damaging to his story the wig was and wasn’t conceding that detail any time soon.  Is this evasive demeanour  why two judges have rejected Al’s testimony one calling him “less than candid”?

Questioning, Day 2:

“Q82: …….What has become of the vehicle you were driving?
A:     I went back to pick up my car and the vehicle was returned
Q83: At the time you were intercepted by the police were these people in
close proximity to you?
A:     I am unable to say
Q84: Were you in possession of a cellular at the time the police intercepted
A:     No
Q85: Where did the persons who took the vehicle meet up with you?
A:     Fairfield Avenue at my Church
Q86: What time was that?
A:     4.30pm to 5.30 pm
Q87: Was there any prior arrangement for them to have met you there?
A:     No
Q88: Who got there first?
A:     I did
Q90: The persons that you met in St Ann had you known them before?
A:     No
Q94: How were you contacted by Mr Coke?
A:     Mr Coke did not contact me
Q95: How were you contacted?
A:     I was contacted by the telephone by parties unknown to me”

Quick chronology: Al is contacted by strangers; driven to St Ann to pick up Dudus. He asks no question; leaves his car and phone in Kingston; and follows these strangers dutifully. He meets Dudus. That’s when Dudus, for the first time, asks to go to the Embassy. Al meekly submits under the most suspicious circumstances imaginable without a query, doubt or demur.

“Q105:         Did you take your cell phone with you to St Ann on June 22?
A:     No
Q106:         Why not?
A:     I was asked not to
Q107:         By whom were you asked?
A:     By the contact parties
Q113: Do you recall telephoning [DCP Bent] recently?
A:     Yes
Q114: When was this?
A:      On the evening of June 22 after the incident. This was somewhere
around 5.00pm.
Q118: Do you recall the registration number of the vehicle you were driving
when Mr Coke was apprehended?
A:      No
Q120:What did you discuss with [DCP Bent] in this conversation?
A:      I just informed her of what had taken place at Mandela Highway and
that Mr Coke was now in their custody and requested that she take all
the necessary steps to ensure his safety
Q121: Were you stopped by the police anywhere in the vicinity of Spanish
Town on June 22?
A:      Yes on Mandela Highway
Q122: Was any attempt made by the police to stop you at Windsor Road on
June 22 prior to you being stopped at Mandela Highway
A:      No
Q123: At no point at Windsor Road did you observe the police with flashing
light trying to stop you?
A:      No.  However, a police vehicle came alongside me, overtook my vehicle
and stopped a car in front of me and so I came around the vehicle,
wound down my window, acknowledge the police and continued”

You be the judge.

Peace and Love


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