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Golding backtracks ... says UN's billion dollar Tivoli toll was right

Published:Wednesday | February 11, 2015 | 12:21 PM
Bruce Golding - Photo by Norman Grindley

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding says he now accepts the figure of US$258 million or approximately J$22 billion given by a United Nations body as the economic loss to Jamaica arising from the events of May 2010 in Tivoli Gardens.

Yesterday during cross-examination before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, Golding questioned the competence of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean to provide that figure.

READ: UN's billion-dollar Tivoli toll wrong, says Golding

However, before fielding questions this morning, the former prime minister backtracked. 

"I may have been confused because she (Deborah Martin, attorney for the Jamaica Constabulary Force) quoted the figures in US dollars," Golding sought to explain.

"On further consideration I would not dispute the figures that she had quoted and I thought I should express that to the commission," he added.

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