3 MORE MONTHS FOR JAH CURE

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Jamaican star, Jah Cure was remanded back into custody in Amsterdam last week Monday and will likely stay behind bars for approximately 3 more months.

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Jah Cure and artist Mya in a music photo shoot. Image courtesy of The Urban Music scene.

The reggae artist has been detained in an Amsterdam Penitentiary for another 79 days before he appears before a judge for his trial. According to Dutch authorities, the reggae star is set to return to court in 12 weeks to answer charges related to an alleged aggravated stabbing incident in the Netherlands last month. It is alleged that Jah Cure stabbed promoter Papa from Roots Vibes Promotion while on tour, leading to an arrest and charge by  Amsterdam police.

The sensational Jah Cure attended court on Monday last week and had his freedom curtailed once again as the Council Chamber of the Amsterdam Court extended his pre-trial detention for almost three months until the middle of January 2022.

DUTCH CODE OF PRACTICE

“The total period of pre-trial arrest cannot exceed 110 days: six days in police custody, 14 days in detention and 90 days in remand. Court proceedings must begin within this period. At the beginning of January 2022 the suspect will be summoned to appear at the Amsterdam court in an open session,” Franklin Wattimena, press officer of the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service, reportedly told the press.

In January 2022, Jah Cure will attend an open court proceeding that will allow members of the public and journalists to follow his trial. In the unfortunate incident, The injured victim was taken to hospital, where he was successfully operated on and discharged. It’s unclear the nature of the injury and whether it is/was life-threatening, as information from the police in Amsterdam has been very limited based on their procedures with handling crimes in the Netherlands. Cure has had a string of potentially law-breaking incidences in the Bahamas, Trinidad, and his country Jamaica.

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Jah Cure posing with former Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko during his tour in Kenya. (Ivy Mang’eli)

PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR JAH CURE

Jah Cure, who has previously spent time in jail for rape and gun crime in Jamaica, could be facing up to 20 years in jail on the attempted murder charges in Amsterdam. Jah Cure has not secured legal counsel in the European country where the official language is Dutch. He is being represented by a state-supplied public defender. He’s facing three serious charges for the stabbing incident. Analysts have termed his chances of acquittal as very slim in a country where justice is never taken for granted.

Having courted trouble in his entire singing career, it seems like prison walls will be Cure’s destination after all but time will tell. Wyclef Jean is among the few artists who are standing in solidarity with Jah Cure in these very difficult times. “To say that veteran reggae artiste Cure is having a rough time in the Netherlands is an understatement”, said  Wyclef Jean.  It however has been noted that a segment of Jamaicans feel that Jah Cure is an embarrassment to the Island and deserves some punishment for his never-ending negative energy in spite of being a highly gifted artist.

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