Head of the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, the Reverend Al Miller yesterday afternoon paid to the court the one million dollar fine imposed on him for perverting the course of justice.
Miller says he will not appeal the judgement of the court. He was found guilty on July 22.
The charge arose from the capture of then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in 2010.
Parish Judge Simone Woolf Reece handed down the non custodial sentence in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court just before midday.
There were loud cheers from members of Fellowship Tabernacle who’d gathered outside the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court for the sentencing hearing.
During the almost hour long sitting, Miller’s Attorney, Jacqueline Samuels Brown, in her appeal for leniency argued that her client acted out of a sense of patriotism.
She said he made a mistake based on a civilian’s limited understanding of the extradition process.
The Queens Counsel also used the opportunity in addressing the court to lash the former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington for refusing to give evidence at the trial.
She said Miller acted under the assumption that he had the blessing of the then Commissioner, whom she says, didn’t have the courage to testify.
In handing down the sentence the Judge said the court must send a strong message and deter others from similar action.
Judge Wolfe-Reece said she recognized the worthy character and religious commitment of Miller.
However she made it clear that the Reverend’s godliness was not on trial and his actions brought him in direct conflict with the law.
She cautioned Miller against allowing his worth to fool him into thinking he was above the law.
Judge Wolf Reece concluded that a custodial sentence was not appropriate.
However she told Miller that the one million dollar fine imposed was the maximum penalty.
Miller’s Attorney says she accepted the sentence as fair considering the circumstances.
And, through a prepared statement delivered by a spokesman for Fellowship Tabernacle, Michael Aiken, Miller said he will accept the ruling of the court.