Filed under: Celebrity GossipJermaine Jackson has revealed the family had planned a secret escape for Michael in case he was found guilty of child molestation charges.
In an interview with The Times, 56-year-old Jermaine claimed a private jet was on standby to take Michael Jackson to Bahrain, which has no extradition treaty with America, if convicted.
"If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn't do, America deserves us not to come back here," Jermaine told the paper.
"At the end of the day, this is supposed to be the land of the brave, home of the free, democracy, freedom of speech.
"The way they were treating him, none of that existed. Why should he go to jail for something he didn't do?"
The King of Pop was accused of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo, conspiring to kidnap the boy and his family and giving the child alcohol.
After a four-month trial, Michael was cleared of all charges in 2005.
Jermaine insisted his brother knew nothing of the escape plan but would have agreed to flee "in a heartbeat" rather than face jail.
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