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Chen's revoked visa not related to 'Dudus' - Golding

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GOVERNMENT IS claiming the revocation of Wayne Chen's United States (US) visa is not related to the ongoing tussle over the extradition of alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

"The United States authorities have advised the foreign minister that there is no connection, and we have no reason to question the honesty of the statement conveyed by the US authorities to the foreign minister," Golding told Parliament yesterday.

He was responding to a question posed by Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, who asked whether Chen's visa was revoked because of the refusal to send Coke.

Chen, chairman of the Urban Development Corporation, found out that his visa was cancelled last week when he attempted to travel to the US.

He later sought the Government's intervention as he attempted to find out the reasons for the revocation, as well as for him to be granted another visa.

Rumours have since swirled that several other public officials have had their visas revoked by the US. However, Golding told Parliament that he was not aware of any other persons who have had a similar experience to Chen's.