'I could have been Al Miller too' ... MP said he has carried in wanted men

September 23, 2016
Heroy Clarke

• MP said he has carried in wanted men

A western Jamaica member of parliament has declared that he has had to take wanted men to the police.

Heroy Clarke, member of parliament for Central St James, told THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday that, like Al Miller, he used his status as a justice of the peace to assist wanted men turn themselves over to the authorities.

"I could have been Al Miller in any instance just the same," Clarke told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Miller was last week sentenced to a fine of $1 million or six months' imprisonment following his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice. Criminal charges were laid against Miller after Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, a fugitive at the time, was found in his company. Miller has maintained that he was on his way to hand Coke over to the US authorities, who wanted him for gun and racketeering charges.

"I have been in situations before when wanted men have asked me to assist them in going in," Clarke said.

"It all boils down to us being our brother's keeper and being brave. These men will come to you because they have assessed their lives and see that they have been doing much wrong and may seek rehabilitation. Can you imagine if you ignore a murderer calling you to bring him in how many persons can get killed by time the police catches up to him?" Clarke questioned.

The member of parliament made the comment as guns continue to bark in St James. Police statistics show that nearly 190 of the 893 murders recorded up to Tuesday were recorded in St James.

The St James Police Division recorded just over 205 murders last year.

Clarke said he is looking to see everybody play a part in this crime-fighting regime, but the clergy will especially be able to speak morality to the minds.

"The clergymen speak to the mind, the police will enforce, the family plays an overall role, and the political representative will encourage. I just think that some people are thinking 'this is not my problem', but the old Jamaican saying goes: 'Today fi mi, tomorrow fi yuh'. Not because it is not at your doorstep today, it doesn't mean you're not suppose to try to play a positive role in the matter," Clarke said.

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