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PM Golding outraged by ABC and UK reports

Published:Tuesday | May 25, 2010 | 9:53 PM

The Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica has released a statement countering reports that appeared in the foreign press today. The full text of the press release is shown below.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US –ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Mr Golding says he is also outraged by an article in The Independent, a UK newspaper, that the ‘drug gang was on (the) payroll of Jamaican Prime Minister’.

He said both publications, by seeking to link him personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica.

The Prime Minister said the reports have made damaging and libellous assertions and he repudiated the scurrilous and malicious reporting, which he said must be dismissed with the contempt that it deserves.