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Case dismissed! Charges dropped against Rastafarian parents (LoopNewsBarbados)
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BY: Christina Smith
16:03, October 28, 2016

The case brought against the Rastafarian family for failing to send their two children to school has been dropped.

The couple Ras Ijuijah and Istisabre appeared in the District A Magistrate Court bolstered by a legal team comprising of attorneys Ajamu Boardi, Andrew Pilgrim, Douglas Trotman and Sian Lange.

There was a legal showdown in the court this afternoon when Prosecutor Sargeant Neville Watson attempted to amend the charge the couple was found guilty of in September.

The charge was amended to include the dates the children were allegedly kept out of school, a point that counsel for the accused raised in court previously.

Lead counsel Pilgrim made a strong objection to the move made by the Prosecutor saying the process of “jucking in words” was not only “discourteous” but also against the practice of good law.

The two came to high words often during the proceedings as Prosecutor Watson maintained the charge was not a new one but Pilgrim called the charge “absolute nonsense”.

Pilgrim questioned the true motive of the prosecutor in trying to amend a charge the couple were already found guilty of, saying there seems to be undertones of prejudice arising.

He said according to Section 5.1 of the Amendment Act, where an amendment is applied late in the proceedings or where it seeks to substitute one charge for another, “it is not permissible”. 

He called for the case to be dropped on the basis that both charges, the initial and amended one, were “defective” and the case contained multiple prejudices.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the court he did see some red flags with the charge as failure to register children in school is in itself not an offence if the children are receiving adequate education and if there are good grounds for homeschooling.

He therefore overturned his initial ruling, dropping the charges against the parents.

On the outside of the court there were hugs and cheers all around as the family, the legal team and members of the advocacy group, the African Heritage Foundation, celebrated the victory.

Ras Ijuijah told the media he was positive justice would prevail in the end. He added he is also expecting a similar outcome in the case against the Child Care Board at the High Court.

Earlier this morning, the family appeared in the Number 7 Supreme Court this morning, expecting to hear the verdict in the custody battle involving them and the Child Care Board (CCB). However,  Justice McCarthy has requested more time to make an informed ruling and the matter has been adjourned until December 13, 2016.

PHOTO: Charles [Ras Ijui Jah] Lashley(backrow-R) and his partner Kim [Isartes Ibre] Jackman(backrow-L), posing with their children outside the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court

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http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/case-dismissed-charges-dropped-against-rastafarian-parents

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https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/10/28/dismissed-3/

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According to the writer of the book of Hebrews, Messiah has become our High Priest. He entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven,��the actual throne room of God,��and applied His own blood for atonement. He entered into the presence of God for us so that He might usher us in as well (Hebrews 9:11,��12). Messiah is our High Priest, ,��a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, not man,�� (Hebrews 8:2). Therein He applied His atoning blood. Therefore, the ceremony of the Day of Atonement uniquely patterns the work of Messiah: His death, His sacrifice and the atonement of His blood. We boldly enter the presence of God because the blood of Messiah covers us. Today He stands interceding on our behalf before the throne of God, just like a high priest.

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The LORD said to Moses, ,��Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.,�� (Leviticus 16:2)

After the deaths of the two sons of Aaron, the LORD warned Aaron not to enter the Holy of Holies but once a year. On that day, Aaron alone (or the high priest after him) was to enter in order to make atonement for Israel, the holy place and the altar. The day on which the high priest entered the Holy of Holies was called the Day of Atonement. Even then, Aaron was to enter only with blood and under the cloud of incense. Leviticus 16, the Torah reading for the Day of Atonement, describes the Tabernacle/Temple ceremony of the Day of Atonement: the two goats,��the sin offering and the scapegoat,��the incense, the sprinkling with blood and the high priest,��s entrance into the Holy of Holies. In Leviticus 16 we read about the intersection of three spheres of holiness. On the holiest day of the year (the Day of Atonement), the holiest man in the world (the high priest of Israel) goes into the holiest place in the world (the Holy of Holies). The high priest had to enter in order to make atonement for Israel, atonement for the Holy of Holies, atonement for the Tabernacle and atonement for the altar. Because these things remained continually in the presence of God, they needed to be atoned for. Without atonement they could not remain in the presence of God.

The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year. All of God,��s appointed times are holy to the LORD, but the Day of Atonement is the holiest of all. It is set apart even from the other holy days.

All other Sabbaths and holidays are times of feasting and celebration. However, on the Day of Atonement, everyone is commanded to afflict himself through fasting and abstinence. The LORD says, ,��If there is any person who will not afflict his soul on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people,�� (Leviticus 23:29).

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