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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Rodney Chin back on witness stand

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2014 | 6:30 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Four years after he first gave evidence in the corruption trial of former junior minister Kern Spencer, businessman Rodney Chin was back on the witness stand today.

Chin, who is the star prosecution witness, was recalled by prosecutors in relation to three letters.

He had claimed during his testimony in January 2010 that he signed at Spencer's request in a car park in the Corporate Area back in 2007.

The letters were admitted into evidence, but like they did in his first go around, defence attorneys wasted little time attacking his credibility, forcing him to again admit that he lied when he signed to the accuracy of the contents.

Wright's attorney K.D. Knight read several paragraphs from two of the letters, each time asking Chin if they were true.

The businessman conceded that the contents were not true as far as he was aware and that by affixing his signature to them he lied, but insisted that he did so at the request of the former junior energy minister.

Chin, Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright, were initially arrested and charged with money laundering and illicit enrichment in 2008 arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb programme.

However, prosecutors later dropped all charges against Chin and he agreed to give evidence against Spencer.


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