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Defence questions Chin's JLP contracts

Published:Saturday | April 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Prosecution witness Rodney Chin has admitted that he was given a $16.2 million contract to do work in House Speaker Delroy Chuck's constituency while he was still one of the accused in the Cuban light-bulb case.

This is in addition to several other contracts he has already admitted to receiving for work in the constituency of Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda.

Chin was being cross-examined by defence attorney Patrick Atkinson, the lead attorney for former Junior Minister Kern Spencer, who is facing corruption charges arising from the Cuban light-bulb case.

Chin testified that he was asked to submit a price quotation for the road work at Graham Close, in Chuck's constituency.

Despite this, Chin testified that he would not consider Chuck a friend, but that he had done work in the House Speaker's constituency before.

He also told the court that he did not recall telling anyone he had friends in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government who were going to help him with the case.

"Do you recall telling anyone that 'Now that they (friends in the JLP) found out is me Andrew Chin, they going to help me'?" Atkinson questioned.

"I don't recall that," Chin replied.

The trial will resume on April 12.