According to his new book, 'You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother's Eyes,' Jermaine Jackson secretly arranged to fly his brother Michael Jackson out of the U.S. and to Bahrain if the gloved one was found guilty of child molestation charges during a 2005 court case. Jermaine feared his brother "wouldn't survive" jail.
Jermaine writes: "I grab the hotel phone and make a call. The person on the other end of the line provides the reassurance that I needed to hear one more time. Yes, the private jet is still available. Yes, it can be at Van Nuys airport. Yes, everything has been arranged."
"All that is required is a day's notice, and this DC8 will have Michael heading east - to Bahrain - to start a new life away from the scam of American justice."
"After this charade, I'm happy to disown my citizenship and take Michael, and his family, to a place where they can't touch him... We have the backer - a dear friend. We have the pilot. Everything is prepared. There is no way my brother - an innocent man - is going to jail for this, He wouldn't survive, and I cannot sit back and even contemplate the possibility, let alone the reality."
In 2003, Michael Jackson was charged with seven counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in order to commit alleged felonies against a minor. The singer pleaded not guilty and the case went to trial in 2005. Michael was eventually found innocent by a jury.
Jermaine's new book has been serialized in The Times. He told the British publication: "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. 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?"