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#JaVotes2016: Holness signed house document while 'visiting' Jamaica - Phillips

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Phillips ... has been leading the PNP's charge for Holness to disclose the source of funds for his house.

Dr Peter Phillips, the People's National Party (PNP's) campaign director, is claiming that while Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness was minister of government, he affixed his signature to a document pertaining to the purchase of lands on which his mansion is being constructed, stating that he did so "while visiting Jamaica".

Speaking at a PNP mass rally in Mandeville, Manchester on Sunday night, Phillips said the PNP is insisting on the integrity of the holders of high office.

"A man go a form a company inna St Lucia when he is a minister of government and him sign the instrument of transfer as a director of the company. And him add a note and say 'signed while visiting Jamaica as a minister of government in Jamaica'," Phillips claimed.

Phillips has been leading the PNP's charge for Holness to disclose the source of funds for his house.

On Friday, Phillips said Holness has a moral responsibility to demonstrate to the public that there is "nothing illicit" about the source of funds for the construction of his Beverly Hills mansion.

"What I am concerned about is that he would certify to the public, given all the circumstances, that there was nothing illicit about the means whereby this construction, purchase, etc. was done," Phillips said.

The utterances from Philips, which were made at a press conference at the party’s Old Hope Road offices, came as the PNP intensifies its campaign for a second term in office.

The PNP has said it will not be participating in national electoral debates unless Holness comes forward with the information. 

The property on which Holness and his wife, Juliet, are constructing their mansion in Beverly Hills, St Andrew, is owned by a company that is incorporated in the offshore jurisdiction of St Lucia.

The Gleaner has obtained documents indicating that the property was registered on July 12, 2011 to ADMAT INCORPORATED based at 10 Manoel Street, Castries, St. Lucia.

The documents indicate that US$300,000 was paid for the property.

ADMAT INCORPORATED was incorporated under St Lucia’s International Business Companies Act, a statute which allowed for the creation of an international financial centre in the tiny Caribbean country.

The law provides for confidentiality of shareholders, directors and officers and only the registered agent and the registered office are public records.