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UPDATED: Christie wants US authorities to probe US$20 million donation to PNP

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 8:38 PM
Christie ...the implications of a party in government getting $252 million from a foreign entity just before a general election are "very serious and far-reaching".

Former Contractor General Greg Christie wants United States authorities to probe the alleged donation of US$20 million by a foreign entity to the People's National Party (PNP) while it formed the government.

The Sunday Gleaner reported the alleged donation yesterday.

In a statement to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, Christie said the implications of a party in government getting US$20 million from a foreign entity just before a general election are "very serious and far-reaching".

He said every effort should be made to ascertain if, in fact, the money was received by the PNP and for what reason.

On the social media site Twitter, Christie asked the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Justice Department, among others, to look into the matter.

Locally, Christie has questioned whether a criminal investigation will be launched into what he calls these serious allegations.

He also called for the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency to speak publicly on the matter.

The PNP has declined to make public comments on the donation scandal which comes weeks ahead of its annual conference next month. 

The PNP is now in a court battle over whether to answer questions about a $31 million donation by Dutch company, Trafigura Beheer, in 2006, just ahead of the 2007 general election.

- Jovan Johnson

*NOTE: Earlier this story had said J$252 million was allegedly received by the PNP. The amount reported was actually US$20 million, not J$252 million.