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Tivoli Enquiry: Golding says he was not aware of copies of Coke extradition warrant

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 12:53 PM
Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding. - Photo by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding this morning stated during tense cross-examination at the Tivoli Enquiry that he is not aware that copies of an extradition warrant for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke were made.

His statement came even as the commission's chairman Sir David Simmons and Golding's attorney Ransford Braham questioned the line of questioning from lawyer for the police, Deborah Martin.

She read from a parliamentary record of Dorothy Lightbourne, attorney general in 2010, telling a sitting of the Senate that she made copies of the extradition request.

Generally, documents relating to extradition requests remain unsealed until they are brought to court.

However, following the police-military operation in May 2010, there were reports that copies of the documents were found in an office belonging to Coke.

One of the terms of reference for the enquiry is to investigate whether copies of affidavits and other confidential supporting documents attached to the request were found in Coke’s offices in Tivoli.

The enquiry is also to find out how they would have ended up there.

Also this morning, Golding reiterated that it was an initiative of the Jamaica Labour Party to approach US political figures regarding the legal and constitutional issues surrounding the US request for Coke's extradition.

Golding also repeated that Harold Brady led the approach.

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