Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights Inc (ECCO Chief Executive Officer, Steve Etienne, has been speaking publicly about the the release from prison of former Soca Monarch, Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St Rose.
St Rose reportedly visited the ECCO office in Sans Souci shortly after his release yesterday.
But he did not get to meet Etienne who was out of office at the time.
“My understanding is that Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St Rose has served his time as decided by the law of the country and the legal system and has been duly released in accordance with that,” the ECCO Boss told the Times.
He believes that justice has spoken.
“We obviously must uphold the laws and the instruments of our court system and ensure that we observe them,” Etienne declared.
He noted that there are a lot of opinions about the ‘Ninja Dan’ matter.
However Etienne said Saint Lucia has a system of justice where persons who deviate from the law are charged and have to serve time.
“Having served their term they are now to be incorporated into the society,” the ECCO CEO observed.
‘Ninja Dan’ in an earlier interview with the Times had indicated that he wanted to return to music.
Etienne expressed the view that once someone has served his time as required by the law they can become reintegrated back into the society.
“Whatever skills you have as a human being, as an artist, as a performer – any form of skills should then be put back to good use. Certainly in the case of this gentleman he was certainly a creative person who had a huge following,” the ECCO Boss observed.
He said Ninja Dan’s achievements are on record.
“There is absolutely no reason why he cannot pick up his life where he left off,” Etienne told the Times.
‘Ninja Dan’ and two co-defendants, Mervyn Nelson and Lynden Blasse, were charged with the February 14, 2009 murder of Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James.
James, of Maynard Hill, succumbed after being stabbed.
All three defendants were freed yesterday after serving some eight years in prison.