Jamaica AG uncomfortable with plans to legalise Obeah


It appears that Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is not in support of the Government’s consideration to legalise obeah in Jamaica. Obeah is a cultural ritual carried out by some people deemed to have extraordinary powers to influence certain outcomes. In Parliament on Tuesday, just as lawmakers were getting ready to push the maximum fine from $100 to $1 million for anyone found guilty of practising obeah, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck signalled that the quasi-religious ritual could soon become legal.

He said already he has instructed the Law Reform Department to craft another submission for him to take to Cabinet to have the 1898 Obeah Act repealed. Malahoo Forte later took to Twitter “confessing” how awkwardly and uncomfortably she felt in the House of Parliament when she heard some of the utterances about the practice of obeah.  “Let’s be honest: here in Jamaica obeah has always been known to a tool of the darkest form of evil that does nothing but harm to others,” she tweeted.(Jamaica Gleaner)…[+]