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Simpson Miller records to be released this week

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 9:35 AM
Portia Simpson Miller

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller is to release her financial records this week. 

Sandrea Falconer, an aide to the Opposition Leader, made the declaration last night but did not say exactly when the records will be released. 

Falconer explained that Simpson Miller recently received the documents which she requested in a June 29 letter to the Integrity Commission. 

She says the Office of the Opposition Leader is removing sensitive information to facilitate the release.

Simpson Miller is being forced to release her records after Prime Minister Andrew Holness did so in response to calls from the People's National Party's Dr Peter Phillips.

Simpson Miller has missed at least two deadlines to release the records which are expected to cover the past 10 years.

When the records are released, Simpson Miller is also expected to disclose whether she has been reported for any breaches. 

The Opposition Leader is expected to release her records in the Parliament where Phillips said Holness should have made his public to ensure independent scrutiny.

The prime minister's records, which cover the period 2007-2015, show that he has assets of approximately $152 million and liabilities of $34.4 million.

Parliamentarians must make statutory declarations with the Integrity Commission, a body of the parliament which is not mandated to publicly release the records.

However, Holness, whose Beverly Hill mansion triggered Phillip's questions, wants to change the laws so certain officials must publicly release their records.