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Pastor found guilty of perverting the course of justice

Reverend Merrick “Al” MillerKINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul. 22, CMC – A High Court Friday found the pastor of a Corporate Area based Fellowship Tabernacle Church, guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Reverend Merrick “Al” Miller will return to court on September 15 for sentencing.

He had been charged in 2010 after police intercepted he was driving with the then fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was being sought on a number of drugs and gun-related offences.

Coke was later extradited to the United States and is now serving a lengthy jail term.

During his trial, Miller maintained that he was escorting Coke to the United States Embassy for him to surrender to the authorities based on an agreement with then Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington.

Coke’s capture led to the end of an island wide manhunt that resulted in the West Kingston incursion of 2010 and the death of over 70 residents when security forces entered the area in search of him.

Miller was initially charged with harbouring a fugitive and attempting the pervert the course of justice, however the charge of harbouring a fugitive was dropped shortly after the trial began.

The guilty verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court by Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece.

Miller told reporters that he accepted the verdict and that his legal team will deal with the matter.

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Reverend Merrick “Al” MillerKINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul. 22, CMC – A High Court Friday found the pastor of a Corporate Area based Fellowship Tabernacle Church, guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Reverend Merrick “Al” Miller will return to court on September 15 for sentencing.

He had been charged in 2010 after police intercepted he was driving with the then fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was being sought on a number of drugs and gun-related offences.

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Coke was later extradited to the United States and is now serving a lengthy jail term.

During his trial, Miller maintained that he was escorting Coke to the United States Embassy for him to surrender to the authorities based on an agreement with then Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington.

Coke’s capture led to the end of an island wide manhunt that resulted in the West Kingston incursion of 2010 and the death of over 70 residents when security forces entered the area in search of him.

Miller was initially charged with harbouring a fugitive and attempting the pervert the course of justice, however the charge of harbouring a fugitive was dropped shortly after the trial began.

The guilty verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court by Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece.

Miller told reporters that he accepted the verdict and that his legal team will deal with the matter.