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Tavares-Finson claims American law enforcement official videotaped him at court

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 9:56 PM
Tavares-Finson ... They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican attorney Tom Tavares-Finson today complained to a judge that he was videotaped by American law enforcement personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court two months ago.

Tavares-Finson, said the filming happened on July 28 following a hearing into the extradition case of five Jamaicans wanted by America on lottery scamming charges.

At the resumption of the matter in court today sought to know why.

"Can I know why I was being videotaped and can I have a copy of the tape?" the attorney asked.

"They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures," said Tavares-Finson, who is also the President of the Jamaican Senate.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said while he could not determine whether the complaint was true, he found it "curious" for the Americans to be videotaping Tavares-Finson.


IN PHOTO: Jeremy Taylor

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor appeared surprised by the complaint.

"It's the first I am hearing that," said Taylor, who also revealed that the Americans have already left the island.

READ: US agents in Jamaican court for hearing of eight alleged scammers 

The American authorities present at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the start of the extradition case were drawn from the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight Jamaicans - Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown - are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.