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Jah Cure Interview from jail

Posted by KeithM 
KeithM
Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 18, 2005 04:30PM
Jah Cure Longing for Freedom
Incarcerated DJ tells all in an exclusive interview
By Julian Smith



Jah Cure A friend of mine asked me to tell you a story. In fact, he asked me to tell "his people" this story some time ago. It's not that I neglected to carry out his request and my own moral duty too. He procrastinated, longing for a promise that had been made to him of an early parole.

Not wanting to ruffle any feathers, he humbly waits for "Babylon to release the Cure." These days he has been growing stronger than ever before. And he wanted me to let you know that you, "his people," were the source of this strength. The fact that you have never given up on him. This made letting his fans know.

He wanted me to let you know what really happened. This fact is of tantamount importance to him--he emphasized that I "let his people know." To date Sekaturi Alcok a.k.a. Jah Cure reiterates his two most important words "not guilty" since he embarked in the music business in the early nineties. He lives out his days with the hope of justice.



Julian: Jah Cure, what really happened?

Cure : In 1998, the sixteenth November, I-man was in MoBay with some youth from England. You know I brought them to MoBay to enjoy themselves.



Julian: Where were you when you were arrested?

Cure : We were just leaving when police pulledl us over right at Margaritaville. Them say come out a the vehicle with your license and registration. I did and then they searched and found nothing in my car illegal. I asked them, ‘can I go now?’ and him say I must talk to that police there.



Julian: What did they do then?

Cure : Them say rape gwaan down here last week and if I was down here. I told them no.



Julian: So they were conducting an interrogation on the street?

Cure : The police them say me can’t go and then they called some people and ask them to look at me. Then me hear him ask them, ‘a him this?’ Is that time I-man see this girl for the first time. When she come she ask them, ‘a him this?’



Julian: She was asking the police? They were conducting an ID parade on the road?

Cure : Yes, so hear the girl now. It sound like him. Me say to har sound like wah, look at me good, a me name Jah Cure and take off me tam and say look at me good. Then them say them a carry I-man go a station. Same time one a me Bobo fren came cross and say if everything alright. The girl say him sound like one of them to.

Julian: So she could have pointed out her own flesh and blood because of her uncertainty. An ID parade on the road. That is a violation of your constitutional right, your right to due process and has ‘tainted’ written all over it for obvious reasons.

Cure : The police them say that they are going to detain me. Them pass Barnett Street Station and go way a Coral Gardens. When me reach a station, me see the girl parent. A later me know say a them.

[At this point Sekaturi began to speak bluntly and some of the things he unearthed are his own allegations based on what he said he found out after his arrest. Some on record and some off, but all seemed to point to foul play.]

Cure : Anyway, I-man call Beres and when him come on the phone them just take the phone and tell him say, 'him deh a 14 Barnett Street' and hang up. All them time deh the police and the girl family well chummy. All my belongings were stolen from my car.



Julian: Are you saying that they misled Beres as to your whereabouts? What did he do then?

Cure : I was there for over a week until another police say to the police that lock me up, 'you can’t have him here so long and don’t charge him.' So them cook up some evidence. Talking about some fleeting glance, say she know me from stage show and them force the charge on me.



[At this point Jah Cure alleged that the police officer that arrested him was sexually involved with the girl’s mother and that they shared a common-law relationship.]

Julian: So after holding you for over a week, which is unheard of (you should be detained no longer than 36 to 48 hours without being charged) what happened?

Cure : Me get $20,000 bail in the Resident Magistrate Court.

[Jah Cure travelled to and from Jamaica, including Trinidad and Bermuda, performing while out on bail. According to the singer, he went back to court for one of the dates and when the mother saw him, she said, “like how you a go a prison weh you can do for yourself.” Jah Cure had retained a lawyer by the name of Roy Fairclough from Montego Bay. Even his defense seemed like his prosecutor, he said.]

Cure : Fairclough say to me say I don’t know why you go get involved with these people because they are his friends. A them take care of me nose.



Julian: What do you mean take care of your nose?

[And his answer, another allegation, prompted this reporter to do his own investigation which confirmed by way of other lawyers’ testimonies that indeed Roy Fairclough practiced what Jah Cure alleged he practiced.]

Cure : When I was to go to court, I had to go to the lawyer’s house and throw stones on his window to get him up. He arrived late so I was remanded and my bail taken away. The said week I-man get the fifteen years, the 15th April.



Julian: Did you make an appeal?

Cure : We appealed and lost. You see them lock down I-man and a pure rape. Taximan a rape off little girl. Crime and violence on the rise. No justice not there, so the law no mean nothing to the people.



Jah Cure was given fifteen years for gun robbery and rape charges. The girl alleges that she was raped at gun point and then robbed.

Jah Cure, now doing his fifth year incarcerated at the Spanish Town Prison, perceived the judgment as one that is similar to the verdict the league of nations gave Haile Sellassie I.

Jah Cure’s latest music reveals his frame of mind. High praises from Public Defender, Howard Hamilton, speaks to the notoriety of his far reaching works. The words of 'Longing For' cuts deep. If the choice was his, would he prefer his freedom? Or his baby to love him more? A broken heart or liberation? Well... just listen to his voice.

I was privy to hear him play his acoustic guitar and the words of a song in progress and the words were chastening, to say the least, and called on human rights voices – "Rastafari never dies/speak the truth and cramp the lies/where is the humanitarian for humanity/disregard another brother life through vanity."

His aspirations have gone deeper than just music since incarceration. He now plays his guitar, something which he never did, and he also aspires to write a book telling of his ordeal.

One thing is for sure, prison or no prison, Jah Cure shows promise to grow in his music and apparently incarceration has not abated this promise. With that off his chest and his hope in the Almighty, Haile Sellassie I, for his Justice.....time will tell.
Spleece
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 18, 2005 07:44PM

This has been up at JahWorks.org for months now..

-s
Stevo
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 18, 2005 08:07PM
Now it's here.
jbwelda
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 18, 2005 08:34PM
and still rather dubious. for instance, is julian familiar with jamaican law or is he talking about US law when he speaks of "constitution", "due process" etc?

granted, taken at face value, jah cure seems to have several valid points. but im curious if its all so cut-and-dried, how did he end up with such a sentence. yes one can say babylon has its methods, but why him? and how does ninja get away with what he seemingly does (not least of which was the "baby pitching" incident of a couple years ago) and yet he is free to roam around?

one love
jah bill
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 19, 2005 04:42AM
As to "why him", the girl in question was apparently a local politician's daughter...
KeithM
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 19, 2005 02:06PM
Sorry Spleee I will check with you before I post news from now on.
Jack Perilous
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 19, 2005 02:10PM
and there has apparently been a consistent persecution of the Bobo movement by the JA authorities / and / or / police.
jbwelda
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 19, 2005 05:01PM
>As to "why him", the girl in question was apparently a local politician's
>daughter...

that might answer "why her" but i dont see how it applies to "why him".

apparently there has been a consistent persecution of the rasta movement by the ja authorities, for 50 years now. not sure that explains why jah cure and not, say, ninjaman, though to call ninja/desmond a "rasta" would be stretching it.

but i think these are questions that cant really be answered except by the parties involved and i think none are telling the absolute truth. just a feeling i have.

one love
jah bill
Spleece
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 19, 2005 05:06PM

>Sorry Spleee I will check with you before I post news from now on.

Oh, that's not necessary, but perhaps a URL citation for the artical? So people know where it comes from?

-s
Angela
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
March 10, 2005 03:37PM
Julian needs to contact Jah Cure lots has change for him since march first. I have been in contact with Mama Cure herself. People listen to Cures words. He is longing for the world. Help him. There is a news paper from Kingston called X news or extra news, Mama Cure tell more truth in her interview. this weeks date on paper. I have just returned from the island and Jah Cure and Family are fine and doing well but the truth must be heard.
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
March 10, 2005 04:12PM

X News is a TABLOID. As much as I love & respect Jah Cure, I sure wouldn't put much stock into words in that magazine...

-s
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
March 10, 2005 07:29PM
he dont have a lawyer??
Parole Denied
March 11, 2005 04:34AM
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
March 11, 2005 05:00AM
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 09, 2005 10:22AM
I really wanna write to Jah Cure.... Do you think this is possible?????

Where would i get his address ????
Spliff Smoker
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 09, 2005 03:41PM
What did Ninjaman do JB? I haven't heard?
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 09, 2005 04:24PM

>What did Ninjaman do JB?

LOL! A better question is what HASN'T Ninjaman done? rasta smiley)

OR, what did he do most recently?

-spleece
Lori
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 09, 2005 04:41PM
Give thanks and praises for that reading.
Starts my morning off with some SERIOUS meditation.
Prayers and LOVE to Jah Cure and his family.
My heart aches over this whole thing. It's time we come to gether for the bredren and get his voice heard. FREE JAH CURE!!
ONE LOVE, Respect
Rastafari
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 10, 2005 01:34AM
"why him" why anyone why rev.dr. martin luther king jr. why malcolm x,why che,why peter tosh,whyanyone because thats how it is in babylon they dont care who it is as long as someone pays seen? get real j b you know thats the truth or are you speaking from a typical priveilged white american point of view
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
August 10, 2005 01:36AM
why mumia abu jamaal why leonard peltier why why why
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
December 07, 2005 01:49AM
Jah Cure has basically been set up. And someone must have been hating on him bad to want to set him up like that. i know you is a good person and you have been wrongfully accused and don't deserve none of this. And He will notice too when he greets you from up above. Love.
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
December 07, 2005 01:53AM
All I can say is 15 years is a whole lot to make up for!
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
December 07, 2005 01:56AM
I believe everything Jah said.
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
December 07, 2005 04:54AM
I have to agree with Spleece on X News. I have been in Jamaica enough to see reality and what gets printed and I don't put alot of faith in any of the papers. I see alot of misinformation. XNews is definitely on the sensationalism side of things.

Although i am not taking a stand on whether Jah Cure is innocent or not, I find it interesting that so many women automatically believe his side of the story with little regard to what his accuser has said. I have carefully followed all the stories and i don't think it would be easy for anyone to determine the truth from what has been written or said by anyone. If he did rape the woman, it would be a very sad thing to see so many people, especially women, want to support him not in the search for truth but mainly because he sings beautiful love songs and has dreadlocks. It reminds me of a man I dated for years who wrote some of the most powerful love poetry I have ever heard but his art side and his ability to act appropriately with women was a mile apart. That may not be what is happening but where is the proof other than he said she said that would make the public definitively believe he did not do the crime? Just because the police oppress rastafarians does not mean crimes are never committed.



Post Edited (12-07-05 05:25)

"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Serena
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 26, 2006 11:26PM
Shame on those woman who turn backs on the girl that jah cure was accused of raping. Jah cure is a rapist and deserve want he got. I mean the reason you people belive he is inocent because you want to belive he's inocent. if you want to help jah cure, take him to a docter because he is sick.
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 26, 2006 11:38PM
Serena. If you feel so strongly regarding Jah Cure's guilt, then why reserve your shame for just women? I have no insights into his guilt or innocence, but it supporting a rapist is shameful regardless of what your sex is....
Serena
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
January 27, 2006 10:54PM
Your right daniel, i love jah cure voice it sounds like an angel it just i can't belive that he wounld do that horrible crime. I heard they are putting him thourgh a rehab progmme. I really hope he changes.
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
April 11, 2006 12:44AM
i am not a lawer but i know the law and i would love to help you but i do not have your address to help you jah cure i know how i can help your case if you can have your lawer e-mail me me and my cousin might can help you by the way my cousin is a lawer and he good and i believe you and i would love to help so e-mail me so with your address trust me i am not a crazy fan i just happen to read your case and wanted to help and i am very truth full so talk soon. by the way my name is sandetta or detta tell later.

Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
April 11, 2006 01:15AM
Which law....Jamaican law?

Iron
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
April 11, 2006 10:13AM
Sandetta- you may know law, but you certainly don't know how to punctuate...
If you want to sound less like a psychotic fan, I'd recommend using at least a few fullstops every now and then ;-)
Re: Jah Cure Interview from jail
April 12, 2006 12:58AM
Did anyone read the recent coverage in BEAT magazine with Jah Cure's confession--taking a much different stand than in this interview? From what I read previously, the new coverage shocked and saddened me.

Let's find out what the youth think on relationships before they are set in.
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