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Patterson says claims he lives in France are stupid

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM
P.J. Patterson

With the houses of politicians having become a major focus of the 2016 general election campaign, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is again rubbishing suggestions that he resides overseas in property he owns.

"I live at 104 Shortwood Road. I have lived there since 1969. There was only a short period in which I moved to a house rented by the Government of Jamaica for ministers at a time when you did not get any sort of housing allowance for remaining in your residence," Patterson told The Gleaner.

SURPRISING ACCUSATIONS

The former People's National Party (PNP) president, who served undisturbed from 1992 to 2006, said he is surprised that talks about him owning a property in France have not been put to rest since he has already dismissed them.

Patterson said he has never left his house since 1974 and described chatter of the Paris home as "gobbledegook".

"I wish somebody would find out where it is, tell me about it, and then I might go and spend a weekend. That's absolute rubbish," he insisted during an interview.

"I do not own any property, have never owned any property outside of Jamaica," Patterson said.

"I have never owned any company in any other part of the Caribbean other than in Jamaica," Patterson said while describing claims to the contrary as "stupidity".

Suggestions that Patterson owns a luxurious Paris house have surfaced on social media platforms such as Facebook since the PNP began asking questions about the source of funds for a house being constructed in Beverly Hills, St Andrew, by Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness.

Holness' house is held by a company registered in St Lucia, a tax haven.

daraine.luton@gleanerjm.com