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Tivoli Enquiry: I do not read the newspapers and I do not watch the news, says Lightbourne

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 6:26 PM
Dorothy Lightbourne

Former Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne says she was unaware of the violent events in the Corporate Area leading up to the declaration of a state of emergency in May 2010 because she did not watch the news or read the newspapers.

The state of emergency was called ahead of the security forces entering Tivoli Gardens to execute an arrest warrant on gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Lightbourne’s office prepared the relevant documents to effect the state of emergency.

However, when asked by attorney for the police force, Debra Martin, about the need for the state of emergency, Lightbourne said she was only aware that it was called in light of experience in previous years when the security forces entered Tivoli Gardens.

She said she was unaware of any attacks on any police stations ahead of the police-military operation.


Former attorney general, Dorothy Lightbourne and attorney representing the police, Deborah Martin

Earlier today Lightbourne told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that she does not know if anyone in the JLP, which formed the government at the time, had copies of the extradition documents as part of an initiative to engage US-based lobby firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

She also acknowledged that if copies of the extradition documents were found at Coke's Tivoli Gardens base, that should not have happened, based on the procedure for the handling of extradition requests.


Former attorney general, Dorothy Lightbourne with junior Counsel for the West Kingston Commission Simone Mayhew

She testified that she first saw the request for Coke's extradition was on August 26, 2009 when an officer in the Justice Ministry brought it to her attention.

The commission has heard evidence that the authority to proceed with the extradition request was signed by Lightbourne nearly nine months later on May 18, 2010.

As part of its terms of reference, the commission is seeking to determine whether documents relating to Coke's extradition were found at his Tivoli Gardens base and if so, how they got there.

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