Capital Blu Principals found Guilty !!!

David Smith Guilty – Usa

Donovan Davis – Guilty – Usa

Noel Strachan– Not yet tried

Not one of these guys ever tried in Jamaica where most of the fraud was committed.

An Orlando jury concluded last week that Damien Bromfield of Ocoee and Donovan Davis Jr. of Palm Bay had misled investors, stole their funds and otherwise violated federal commodities laws through their Central Florida-based firm, Capital Blu Management LLC.

Thanks to the poster for this link.

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  1. This Sunday there might be a re run of the Ian Boyne Interviews.

    Re run interviewing Donovan Davis.

  2. Olint Associate Speaks

    However in 2003, another mini-crisis cropped up on the local scene, again making local investors jittery and creating a great degree of uncertainty. Fortunately people saw those US government agency-structured notes as a great alternative and helped Sterling Asset Management to have some golden years between 2003 and 2005.
    But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and 2006 proved particularly challenging for the young company with the Unlicensed Financial Organisations (UFOs) ruling the roost as Jamaicans flocked in droves to them in search of returns of 10 per cent per month. Olint, Cash Plus and Worldwise were among the leading rogue outfits that at one point threatened to usurp the more traditional financial institutions.
    Ross reflects: “Looking back, I think many people will conclude that it is possible that something can be too good to be true. I would hope that we will not see that phenomenon raise its head again any time soon. As a regulated institution we were very concerned about the regulatory response because it was very frustrating for us as securities dealers to see people setting up shop all around town and engaging in activities without licensing or any sort of accountability. All the while we have to pay millions of dollars in regulatory fees yet we get no protection.

  3. Phone hacker told to reveal who hired him
    In a ruling that raises the prospect of new executives at Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling title being implicated in the hacking scandal, Mr Mulcaire was told by the High Court that he cannot claim that he risks incriminating himself by giving evidence about his relationship with the NOTW and must now answer questions about which journalists he worked with.

  4. ‘Tough decisions’ ahead on taxation
    NEW taxes on food, electricity and water could soon send the cost of living in the TCI spiralling.
    And proposals for a major hike in business licence fees along with a 10 per cent tax on foreign workers’ salaries – to be paid by employers – are set to put the squeeze on private companies.

  5. Guilty of Civil fraud….default judgment? hearing to be heard to determine restitution and other penalties….wtf? Not a prison chain and jump suit ting?

  6. Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said the contracts, which total almost US$2.5 million, were signed with Rudder Finn and Draft FCB, to promote the island in North, Central and South America.

    But that’s the same firm that…umm..oh yes..of a matter of course…

  7. Government sinks deeper into the red

    Payroll taxes fell as unemployment rose to 12%, depriving the government of much needed PAYE.

    The savings on the interest paid on the national debt to the end of January was almost $9 billion.

    Those spending cuts were crucial in helping the government’s fiscal deficit to come out better than planned.

    However, the government borrowed $2 billion more than planned.

  8. US regulator accuses former Cash Plus director of fraud
    FORMER Cash Plus director Bertram Hill is among four defendants against whom the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week filed an emergency action in a US court to halt what the SEC said is a “multi-million dollar international investment scheme that has defrauded investors in the United States and overseas”.

  9. That firm Ruder Finn was on these blogs for over a year. ?


    What happened to the ACOM web site?
    Is ACOM still burning the mid-night oil on behalf of its members?
    I hope the due paying members have an answer to these questions.

  11. Manatt, Phelps and Phillips willing to assist Enquiry

    However, this will be possible only if they are granted permission to do so by the Jamaican government.

  12. National debt soars 1/3/2011

    The national debt surged in January, to its highest levels on record.

    Data from the Ministry of Finance reveal that Jamaica’s debt jumped by more than $16 billion in January.

    At the end of January, the national debt was $1. 536trillion.

    Since the Jamaica Debt Exchange a year ago, the debt has grown by more than $55 billion.

    The total debt crossed the one and a half trillion dollar mark for the first time, in November, and has gone up by more than 50% in the last three years.

    More than half the debt is held domestically, while the rest is external.

    However, most of the external debt is held by locals.

  13. Harold Brady loses membership to JLP Central Executive Committee

    Harold Brady, the attorney who is at the centre of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips controversy, is no longer a member of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) powerful Central Executive Committee.

    Aundre Franklyn, JLP General Secretary, revealed on Wednesday afternoon, that Mr. Brady was not co-opted on the influential party committee during internal elections, late last year.

    He was unable to say whether Mr. Brady is still on the membership roll of the party.

    Who is eventually going to own up to misleading the US govt. in a FARA declaration? That buck is going to stop somewhere. Hint: It’s not Jamaica.

    Many give thanks and praises everyday that its not them. Such is the seriousness of that kind of violation against the US govt.

  14. Samuda admits to knowing former West Kingston strongman

    Mr. Samuda said he knew that Coke frequented West Kingston, however, he was not able to speak about allegations surrounding his links to organised crime.

    “I knew he was a supporter and sympathizer with the Jamaica Labour Party but the Jamaica Labour Party is not in the habit of being involved with posses or any gang,” Mr. Samuda said.

    “I spoke about Mr. Coke, not the posse,” Mr. Knight countered.

  15. Ruder Finn you missed one. You can still see the funeral of Jim Brown with Bruce Golding in the front. Check it out. Do better than that is a lot you are being paid.

  16. JLP Willing To Pay Manatt’s Airfare

    THE JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP), which has claimed to be the client of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, has declared it is prepared to pay the United States law firm’s airfare to allow it to attend the ongoing Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry.

    Rubbish, Mike Henry not needed. Just send the jet. It would not cost the JLP anything…well..upfront….later you would have to give the pickney called Jamaica to “Rupelstiltskin”

  17. Plot synopsis

    In order to make himself appear more important, a miller lied and said that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The king heard of this and called for the girl, shut her in a tower room with straw and a spinning wheel…

    She had given up all hope, when a gnomish creature appeared in the room and spun straw into gold…

    “Now give me what you promised”.

    Heute back ich, morgen brau ich,
    Übermorgen hol ich mir der Königin ihr Kind;
    Ach, wie gut, dass niemand weiß,
    dass ich Rumpelstilzchen heiß”

    Rumpelstiltskin lost his bargain. In the 1812 edition of the Brothers Grimm tales, Rumpelstiltskin then “ran away angrily, and never came back”. The ending was revised in a final 1857 edition to a more gruesome version where Rumpelstiltskin “in his rage drove his right foot so far into the ground that it sank in up to his waist;

  18. Justice Coalition raises Manatt concern

    The Jamaica Civil Society Coalition is raising concern about the forthrightness of some witnesses testifying at the Manatt Commission.

    Susan Goffe, a former chairperson of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), a member of the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition, says the seeming reluctance of some witnesses to cooperate is disappointing.

    She also says it reflects poorly on the affairs of Government.

  19. Nacro report hits Jamaica, again

    In its latest annual narcotics report released today, the US says Jamaica continues to be the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to America.

    According to the report, while cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced in Jamaica the country is a transit point for cocaine trafficked from Central and South America to North America.

    The annual US narco report says the production and trafficking of illegal drugs in Jamaica are enabled and accompanied by organised crime, domestic and international gang activity, and endemic police corruption.

    The stand-off between Jamaica and the US government over the extradition request for Christopher Coke also receives attention in the just released US report.

    It further says extradition requests are normally processed in a routine and timely manner by Jamaican political and judicial authorities.

    However, it noted that the 2009 request for the extradition of Coke languished for nine months before Attorney General Dorothy Lighbourne signed the authority to proceed with his arrest.

  20. Our leadership is on show. Mi shame.

    Dor say the MOU illegal. And two women leaders sharing the back ground (Hyacinth & Babsy) laugh.

    But no changes were made to the request and Dor signed it. So by her own admission signed a warrant illegally. So the lady leaders in the background laugh.

    Is that the best we can do? They have time for the camera at the COE but the football field not ready for the CONCACAF International tournament.

    Babsy, Brancourt and some Olint stolen money could have fixed Trelawny Stadium like a Carder Park. What happened?

  21. You know why the US was not going to send any “additional” information to Dorothy Lightbourne?

    Because the US does not share certain information with persons they view as criminals.

  22. We are “Small and Poor” says Dorothy..yet a commitment of US$100,000.00 per quarter for one citizen.

    Each citizen should ask for their US$400,000.00

  23. Phipps, people don’t hand over information to known criminal organisations. This is so sensitive. No one let “us” know. Don’t worry you same one phone calls are on CD.

  24. Samuda Refuses To Reveal Source Of Manatt Funds

    Under cross-examination from Knight, Samuda said persons had approached Brady, who is closely associated with the JLP, to initiate exploratory talks with Manatt.

    “I would not be prepared to answer … they are party people who have served well and I can’t … ,” Samuda said.

    Knight: “Who paid the money?”

    Samuda: “I have no intention of revealing those names.”

    Knight: “Why.”

    Samuda: “I do not intend to reveal internal party matters … .”

  25. LSE head quits over Gaddafi scandal
    LSE director Howard Davies resigns after fresh allegations over links to Libyan regime as PR firm admits errors over lobbying

    A deepening row over the London School of Economics and its dealings with the Gaddafi regime has claimed the career of the university’s director.

    An independent inquiry headed by Lord Woolf, a former lord chief justice, will examine the LSE’s relationship with Libya and with Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam. It will also establish guidelines for international donations to the university.

    Davies said: “I have concluded that it would be right for me to step down even though I know that this will cause difficulty for the institution I have come to love. The short point is that I am responsible for the school’s reputation, and that has suffered.”

  26. His resignation came as a US consultancy admitted mishandling a multimillion dollar contract with Libya to sanitise Gaddafi’s reputation in the west.

  27. Money is hard to earn. The money they stole came from the blood and sweat of the people who invested. They should rot in jail and return all the money they stole.

  28. TCIB liquidators to appear in court
    LIQUIDATORS of fallen TCI Bank are to be hauled before the courts this month for failing to repay millions of dollars to the National Insurance Board (NIB).

  29. Kinay’s assets frozen by court
    WORLDWIDE assets of corruption-accused Dellis Cay developer Dr Cem Kinay have been frozen to prevent him dissipating them amid civil recovery investigations.

    Dr Kinay claimed that the ousted TCI Government had in fact approached him regarding Joe Grant Cay and not the other way around.

    He said he was encouraged to buy the beautiful tiny island by then Ministers along with former Governor Richard Tauwhare.

    His notorious $500,000 ‘gift’ to the PNP shortly before the 2007 general election has attracted much scrutiny.

  30. US law firm says JA is perfect for investment

    Simon P. Beck, Principal Partner who is responsible for global wealth management at Baker and McKenzie, commended the Government for its bold moves to position Jamaica at the forefront of investment destinations.

    A PR of Marks, David Smith and Olint. Big firm. You sure you want that Mr. Beck?

    JA – “jurisdiction of concern” in 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

    Jamaica has been listed among money laundering countries in the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report published by the United States Government.

    The country is placed in the group classified as “jurisdictions of concern.”

    While money laundering in these jurisdictions is not considered as acute as in the “primary concern” group, the countries must undertake efforts to develop or enhance their anti-money laundering regimes.

    Other regional countries in the “jurisdictions of concern” category are St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Maarten, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Turks and Caicos.–-jurisdiction-concern-2011-international-narcotics-control-strategy-report

  31. AG should have followed the provisions of the Extradition Act

    At least one attorney-at-law is pointing out legal gaps in the testimony of Senator Dorothy Lightbiurne, Attorney General and Justice Minister at the Manatt/Dudus Commission.

  32. Sakher el-Materi, the 29-year-old son-in-law of Tunisia’s deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, attended a lunch given for him by the Duke of York. They were joined by more than a dozen executives from British multinationals hoping to win business in Tunisia. Materi has since fled the north African country and is under investigation for money laundering.

    Bashir’s assets have now been frozen by the EU and Swiss authorities along with those of other members of Libya’s ruling clique. The seminar was carried out for UK Trade and Investment, the government’s export promotion arm.

  33. “We’ve not yet solved the ‘too big to fail’ or, as I prefer to call it, the ‘too important to fail’ problem. The concept of being too important to fail should have no place in a market economy.

    “The problem is still there. The search for yield goes on. Imbalances are beginning to grow again.”

  34. Japan Foreign Minister Quits Over Illegal Donation

    “I carefully thought about my political funding issue over the last few days, and I have decided to resign as foreign minister,” he told a televised news conference Sunday night.

    “I apologize to the people that I ended up resigning after just six months on the job, and for causing distrust due to a politics-and-money problem despite my pledge to seek clean politics,” he said. “It’s truly regrettable that I caused such a problem because of my own mistake.”

  35. Hotta Fire
    Lightboune would want us to believe she was protecting cokes rights, not so… Golding was doing it even if it cost him his political career, then as the public was going for the career, they switched….Liars are running Jamaica….Dem Lie

    Read more:

  36. They didn’t learn – Jamaicans still investing in unregulated financial schemes

  37. Queens Counsel (Q.C.) Hugh Small, the attorney-at-law who is representing Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry, has dismissed any notion that his client will be providing new information to the Commission that was not already outlined in his witness statement.

  38. How Hugh Small get so bummy when tape play?

    What you going do when Olint tapes play? Hataclapse

  39. Mickey D’s get a new clown Mascot

  40. Oh Dorothy, there is a reason you are to click the red shoes together…then you won’t get salad

  41. Nationwide buss a salad..”The firm” hehe Dor?

  42. International Women’s Day

    Lorna Golding, the wife of Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding, told Post’s Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Patricia Attkisson that she believes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is under the “pernicious influence” of U.S. Representative Charles Rangel regarding the contentious U.S. extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

  43. In his book The Jamaican Constitution – Basic Facts and Questions by Lloyd G Barnett, the author states, “The fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual are, however, subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest.” The public interest as defined refers to the “common well-being” or “general welfare”. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Senator Dorothy Lightbourne has asserted that Mr Coke’s constitutional rights were being infringed, hence the seeming delay. What comes first, one may well ask, the chicken or the egg, a citizen’s constitutional rights or the public interest?

  44. We want the whole truth, Bruce
    Tuesday, March 08, 2011

    Dear Editor,
    I never had much regard for the way Prime Minister Golding handled the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, so when I read that if and when he appears before the Commission of Enquiry he plans to release information that is going to turn the enquiry upside down, I could only mutter to myself, “Here we go again.”
    I sincerely hope that if and when he takes the oath we will hear from him the truth, “the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I also hope that his testimony will not be centred on the MOUs signed by the former Minister of National Security Peter Phillips, because any honest Jamaican who is not involved in drug running or the importation of guns to kill and to maim the people of this country do not give two hoots whether Peter Phillips intercepted their telephone calls or not.
    What the majority of us want is the end of the slaughter of Jamaicans by wicked and corrupt people, so anything that Peter Phillips did to help to bring people to justice we are completely in favour of it.
    I hope that whatever the prime minister says will not further undermine the Jamaica Labour Party’s chances of returning to power when the next elections are called, because it appears that they have only two chances of forming the next government if Bruce Golding is the leader – slim and none, and slim left town long ago.–Bruce_8487626#ixzz1FzyZPSw0

  45. The Mayor said that in recent years his administration had worked with Coke to reduce crime in the inner cities of Jamaica, particularly in West Kingston. If he now were extradited, this would “leave a vacuum,” and matters would be much worse. McKenzie noted that in recent days several of his “contacts in the communities” had told him they “would not take this (Coke s extradition) lying down.”

    Coke reputedly is closely connected with leading figures within Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), including McKenzie.

    He is easily the highest profile figure whose extradition has been requested in many years, and his long-standing ties to the JLP have put McKenzie, Golding, and other leading Party figures in an extremely awkward position.

    “we expect the administration, unswayed by politics, to do the right thing – which Mr. Golding promised would be the hallmark of his leadership. To do otherwise, not only diminishes Mr. Golding, but will hurt Jamaica’s interests, political and economic, in the international community.”


    Yes, Dorothy, sock it to them!

    I am happy that the minister did not act as a lubricated conduit, at any time during the nine months. Her testimony made it clear that she attempted to have discussions with the United States.

    Charlene Foote
    Junction, St Elizabeth–Dorothy–sock-it-to-them-_8487997

  47. Mrs. Golding alluded to the JLP’s historical ties to the U.S.’s Republican party and the close ties between former JLP PM Edward Seaga and President Reagan, then requested that President Obama “reach out” to the Prime Minister as a means of “bigging him up” (i.e., raising his stature).

  48. Defending The Indefensible

    It’s possible that Ian ‘Booklist’ Boyne believes that to keep his day job as a Government of Jamaica (GOJ) propagandist, he must defend the GOJ regardless of inconveniences like fact or logic.

    On Sunday, March 6, in a typically rambling and illogical piece headlined ‘Can Bruce survive K.D.?’ (a completely irrelevant issue), Boyne wasted several column inches of expensive newspaper space stoutly defending the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and its leader. Worse, he had the unmitigated gall to criticise those of us who have recognised, based on fact, the indefensible nature of the JLP’s/Driva’s position. ‘Wusserer’ (as Miss Lou might say), Booklist Boyne has come to Driva’s defence in circumstances in which Driva himself has admitted wrongdoing and issued a public apology for his involvement in the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (MPP) saga.
    Talk about (not-so) youthful exuberance!

    After hundreds of words exposing the national vision of a Stevie Wonder with cataracts, Booklist Boyne delivered himself of this crushing non-sequitur:

    “What empirical evidence has been offered for the oft-expressed view that it is improper, and even illegal, for a political party to lobby on behalf of its government? Where is that proven? We in media have not done our job.”

    Ian “booklist” Boyne hahahaa…what about Delano “hopes dashed” Seiveright ?

  49. Do your job, boyne

    Really? I’ll agree that some of us in the media haven’t done our job, but the bad news is that the name of Booklist Boyne heads that shortlist. Somebody needs to focus Booklist Boyne on the real issue until he stops inventing issues that don’t exist and is forced to produce informed comment.

    hhaaha…what some of them will be doing in the next 3-5 years will be interesting…not ALL can be employed at the hotel…

  50. The convoluted pretence was necessary because it was illegal under US law for MPP to lobby on behalf of a foreign political party in the avenues of power that were required. If MPP had represented to the US authorities that it was lobbying on behalf of the JLP, access to these avenues would have been refused.

    Robinson, only Motty and “booklist” in desperation fail to understand that. If Manatt changes “that which has NEVER been ‘corrected’ to this day” then its hataclapse and hard time…

  51. Suffer abuse every week Dor? The country suffers from your ABUSE every minute.

  52. Middle stump for Dor gone…she’s getting emotional (usual response).

  53. “It’s not there in the hansard, everybody is reading it..”

    Dor is it the “everybody is reading it” that stirs the emotion?

  54. Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is shown here around the time of his deportation from the U.S. 20 years ago. Coke was convicted of possession of stolen property in North Carolina in 1988.

  55. Wilmot Motty Perkins, “Well people are very silly, If a man told me he was offering 10% per month I would run…”

    Well Motty, you wicked to your green shirt, for you could not share that wisdom with Audley Shaw (or the other 1/3 Min of Finance) Bruce, Daryl, James, Chris Tufton, Sally, Honess and for God’s sake Motty how could you not have shared it with Dudus or your LEAD sponsor.

    With friends like you Motty, ..Incomperable…

  56. Dor, “I still don’t know…what do I know…”

    Dorothy, Step down you are a disgrace to Jamaica. Go click your red shoes and leave Jamaica alone.

  57. Just a word to the various women who sit behind Lightbourne for the cameras. (Including Bennet and Babsy)

    Do not chit chat with each other while you do your shift. It makes you look stupid, unable to listen. So after cahtting away you laugh on cue clearly having not heard a series of questions and answers. That’s when you look stupid.

  58. Ask a real PR firm like Ruder Finn if you don’t believe.

  59. Everald Warmington resigns
    2011-03-08 14:39:22 | (6 Comments)

    Everald Warmington- file photo Everald Warmington has resigned as Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine.

    Speaker of the House of Representatives Delroy Chuck made the announcement in the House at the start of the sittings today.

    In a letter read by Chuck, Warmington said he resigned because he felt he had offended section 45 of the Constitution.

    That section of the Constitution speaks to eligibility for membership to the House of Representatives and Senate.

    He saw the Minister of Justice “love” for the country and then resigned. Can you blame him?

  60. Daryl Vaz,
    Michael Stern,
    Shahine Robinson
    Gregory Mair
    Everald Warmington

    And Danville Walker is praised. And the EOJ.

    Minister in the English Language is the term failure synonymous with inept? Mr. Chairman I don’t comprehend the question….

  61. Meanwhile, when contacted by The Gleaner in February, Warmington refused to entertain questions on the issue.

    “If you want to call me, then call me about something substantial, don’t call me about those petty stuff,” declared the junior minister for water and housing.

    He added: “In the middle of the day, I am doing the Government’s work. I can’t discuss stupid rumours or discussions … . I don’t want you to call me about certain nonsense.”

  62. Shame, readers might not want to believe this but Warmington was one of the most intelligent JLP had….

  63. Attorney General suggests that Leys lied to Manatt Commission

    She was caught in several lies…lie just deh pon dem like a badge…Shahine, Warmington, Brady…on and on..

  64. She said she was being truthful about her statement that she only learnt of Leys’ visit to the firm when Phillips mentioned it in Parliament.

    Knight had presented the Hansard report of Parliament which showed that Phillips did not mention the Solicitor General’s visit in Parliament on March 16 last year.

  65. Golding: I don’t need to spell it out …

    David Smith, “I am protected by Bruce Golding and Audley Shaw.”

  66. Warmington, “I don’t like dishonesty in anything at all…”

  67. PM admits to dragging out dual-citizenship saga to prevent Government collapse

    under the rules of Parliament a certain number of members can convene the House, can pass a no-confidence motion on the Government; can cause the Government to collapse,” Golding said.

    He added: “That’s not something that one would want to invite on himself.

  68. Eric Donaldson, ” some people say we are poor but the progress you make my friend is not always how rich you are…..we should never be disloyal but stand up and keep strong….our people they are true….”

  69. JLP strategy – Warmington quits House over dual citizenship
    Golding explains strategy behind Warmington’s resignation

    PRIME Minister Bruce Golding yesterday admitted that the Government had been aware of Everald Warmington’s ineligibility to sit in the House but said his administration, with its slim majority, could not have afforded an earlier resignation since that could have led to it being overthrown by the parliamentary Opposition.

  70. During her second day under cross-examination it was also suggested that Lightbourne, who is also the country’s attorney general, was herself not being truthful when she said that she only learnt that Leys visited the law offices of the American firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips when it was mentioned by Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Peter Phillips in the House on March 16, 2010.

    The Hansard report of that parliamentary sitting that was read did not indicate that Phillips spoke of Leys visiting the firm.

    Mendicant…how polite…

  71. Barry Brown
    Both parties should be held accountable for the payment of each rerun election, caused by their deception…this is nothing short of disgraceful and what is said from the useless electoral commission? a big fat NOTHING!!!

    Read more:—Warmington-quits-House-over-dual-citizenship#ixzz1G7RfXRYI

  72. On leaving the courtroom during the luncheon adjournment, Walker remarked that Dabdoub should play the tape if he had one. Dabdoub remarked then that Walker should stop politicising his office and commented further that Walker had become political.

    Walker, with his fist clenched, engaged Dabdoub in a conversation which became heated and ended only when a female lawyer held Walker’s hand and led him away.

    Walker who was called as a witness by Vaz, said it was still his view that all the candidates in the September 3 general election were properly nominated. He was testifying before Chief Justice Zaila McCalla.

    Walker said that he (Walker) was not on the voters list. He also said under cross-examination that he is an American citizen.

    Gayle Nelson questioned Walker at length about two press releases he issued in August telling electors to go out and vote because all the candidates were properly nominated.

    Walker on being examined by Vaz’s lawyer Ransford Braham said the press releases created a bit of a stir and were the talk of the talk shows and a number of newspaper articles. He said the press releases stated that people were seeking to mislead electors that if they voted for certain candidates their votes would be wasted.

    Mr. Walker said he saw a document which was signed by one of the candidates and that document led electors into believing that the candidates were already disqualified. He said he felt it necessary to issue another statement on August 31. He said the second statement was to reiterate the position stated earlier in his press release of August 16 and make reference to the section in the Electoral Law that referred to publishing false statements.

    Cross-examined further Walker said when he received a notice of disqualification he spoke to Dabdoub about it and Dabdoub told him that he had signed the notice. Questioned if he had told Dabdoub that he was trying to fool up little black people by putting out the notices of disqualification, Walker said it was to Mr. Nelson he had made the statement. He admitted it was an unfortunate remark but it was needed at the time.

  73. However, the dispute between the departments, stemming from the ‘Dudus’ Coke affair, led to the Justice Minister delaying the signing of the document for Mr. Ashman’s extradition.

    Mr. Ashman’s case follows a similar one in July 2007 in which the Appeal Court ordered the release of Montego Bay businessman Presley Bingham, who was wanted by the US government.

  74. Samuda also chided persons whom he said were “unwilling to accept the results of the September 3 general elections” and have been “spreading rumours that the JLP lost a seat”.
    “On the contrary, the director of elections has confirmed 32 seats, and in four constituencies the party is trailing the PNP by less than 60 votes,” Samuda said

    But Walker is confident that neither the promised challenge in the courts of JLP candidates who were said to be improperly nominated because of alleged dual citizenship, nor requests for magisterial recounts would halt the swearing-in of a Government.

    “I don’t believe that the situations regarding the constitutional matters are matters that can be settled to affect any of these things,” Walker told the Observer on Monday.

    “The constitution says you have the recourse of appeal and the judgement as to whether you are qualified or disqualified or not properly nominated. You would remain that way until all your rights of appeal are exhausted,” he added.

    “Today is the third of September, if you tell me that you believe all of those appeals can be exhausted before the end of September you have a different level of optimism about the alacrity and the dispatch of the justice system,” he said.
    “Even if you took something to the constituted authority, that wouldn’t stop you from being sworn in”.

  75. Constituted Authority activated for Sept 3 polls

    Members of the Constituted Authority are invested with powers to halt an election in any constituency, or to request the Election Court to void an election and hold a fresh one if there are malpractices.

  76. I would like to know from our legal brains, if ssomeone got a job by deception shouldnt he/she be called on to repay the salary received

  77. Another day of protest in TCI

    Make sure you know who the tee shirts come from TCI protestors.

  78. “She is admittedly the Branch Chairman. However her actions of recent days are of her own making and do not reflect the policies of the PDM of which I am a Branch Chairman. People however do have a right for peaceful assembly and protest but it is our belief this protest went beyond the norm and had a different agenda than how it was promoted.”

    The protest which disturbed the TCI’s largest industry and only economic lifeline, tourism, had leadership of both political parties present. The Journal was sent the following photographs of Ewonka Selver, Chariman of the Providenciales Branch of the PDM, the infamous Michael Misick [in Red] former PNP Premier of the TCI, shaking hands with Clayton Greene, current Leader of the PNP, and Rufus Ewing, Medical Director of the TCI and President of the Civil Service Association.

    It is the belief of many citizens and residents that these protests are being precipitated at this time primarily due to the impending arrests and indictments expected from UK Special Prosecutor Helen Garlick, as opposed to any of the stated reasons.

  79. A document, prepared by Paul Mathieu, who is paid by the EU to work with the local finance ministry, describes the increase as “a rather baffling outcome” as the freeze on discretionary waivers was meant to “put the brakes on the speed at which the Government’s fiscal revenue is leaked” and not to “accelerate the pace at which those leakages took place”.

    So far, Finance Minister Audley Shaw and head of the EU delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni, have refused to comment on the document.

    “For every $100 of revenue we collect, $60 goes back out in tax relief, waivers and concessions.

    “Discretionary waivers are a matter of great concern. They are granted primarily by the minister of finance and, to a lesser extent, the minister of agriculture. They come under a lot of pressure from waiver seekers.

  80. He argued, “That (wholesale exit of the five) would be a technical way of defeating the will of the people, as expressed in the elections on September 3, 2007. … It had to be handled in a particular way.”

    Of course, the prime minister hasn’t explained, “technically”, how he determined the will of the people to have been endangered if the very basis of that will was falsely informed. Now the very legitimacy of the Government could be questioned.

    That warmongrel

    Mr Golding’s sentiments echoed those of Everald Warmington, the latest casualty of this costly melo-drama. That Mr Warmington believes he has not acted unethically by collecting taxpayers’ money three and a half years into his trespass of Parliament’s hallowed hall is, perhaps, not surprising. He is well known for his penchant for petulance, and his propensity to descend into grandstanding tirades and fits of histrionic harrumphing has often browbeaten the press, his political opponents and even his own parliamentary colleagues into submission. But the former South West St Catherine MP must not be allowed to get away with thinking he can simply bellow – as he did on CVM TV on Tuesday, shouting, “Go to hell!” – and all will melt in fear.

  81. Disconnect Them! Then the OLINT “problem” will be dealt with in Jamaica IMMEDIATELY (I have the encouragement for any newcomer) thereafter.

    Travel restriction, freeze Cayman, Isle of Man, Dubai, Switzerland, T&T.

    You want your money? Plus more?

  82. Gwan simmer Deacon Smithy, relax at the hotel, a new pilot a fly the jet now.

  83. Mr Golding is unabashed that “we have been aware of the status for some time”

  84. What we are witnessing is the last desperate gasp of an incredibly corrupt and criminal administration. Little else.

  85. TCI Dudus?

    Further a few partners of the country’s leading law firms were present, some local some expatriate, to mingle with Michael Misick and his gang and to support their criminal actions. Will any of these persons be disciplined?

    Please do not believe you will be able to cover up this or any of the dozens of other systemic crimes that your administration is ignoring, continuing, aiding and abetting, or starting in this country. This is just one more occasion out of many in which your administration has allowed the laws of the land to be broken by well-known perpetrators and our nation has suffered great harm as a consequence. Enough has long been enough. Hell is about to break loose, and you will be responsible.

    The similarity of the methodology (Jamaica and TCI) is striking. Same advisors?

  86. Sorry, I meant “facilitators”

  87. Following the announcement of Warmington’s resignation on Tuesday, Golding admitted that he had been aware that members of his party were ineligible to sit in Parliament but said asking them to resign en bloc could have caused a collapse of his Government.

    However, convenor of the NNC, Betty-Ann Blaine, says that by making that admission Golding has in effect fired himself from the post of Prime Minister.

  88. The essence of the government’s argument is that it mattered not that Coke was an influential supporter of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), operating from the heartland of JLP street power, Tivoli Gardens, and had notoriety as an underworld boss.

    Anonymously forwarded emails linking the Jamaica Labour Party’s narrow 2007 general election victory to massive funding from embattled investment banker David Smith and his floundering investment scheme, Olint, have been creating a firestorm in cyberspace.

    The emails also name prominent people from corporate Jamaica, as well as well-established firms and the sums they allegedly invested in the foreign-exchange investment club.

    “I cannot speak to something that I don’t know the source of it. It is being sent around the world, but nobody is claiming it, nobody is stan-ding up and saying this is a fact,” Robertson added.

    Another government minister named in the emails said he would not comment because it was a rumour.

    Efforts to contact the other ministers and MPs named in the email were unsucces-sful. Messages were left with personal assistants and on voicemail, but the calls were not returned.

  89. Nikki 4 hours ago
    Delroy Chuck is a US Citizen. His wife and children also. How come he is the Speaker of the House???
    2 people liked this. Like Reply

    WiCornerDark 51 minutes ago in reply to Nikki
    Do you have proof of this?

    EDITORIAL – Cynical Mr Golding
    Published: Thursday | March 10, 2011

  90. Man just fire Dorothy now.

  91. Incorrigible Woman.

    The large “props” in the background may laugh but the world is watching. The world was watching pre sept 2007 when Smitty was distributing the stolen money.


    It is unno who have been taken for Simpleton…

  92. Small, you don’t need to tell anyone about internationally and streaming on internet from which servers….you jus a come in a dis…

  93. Media organisations express dismay at Everald Warmington’s behaviour

    Country waits to “exhale” Ambassador Marks.

  94. Warmington disgusts journalists

    “This often repeated abusive, disrespectful and unbecoming conduct — in this case hanging up the phone on one reporter and telling another reporter to go to hell — will not deter us in the media from asking the relevant questions of everyone who is accountable to the people,” it added.

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  95. 31 years ago …you can’t recall so many things in here (COE)…

  96. Dorothy Lightbourne has at almpost every opportunity answered a question not asked of her.

    Emile George asks her “Did you say it?” To which she answers “Yes he said it..”

  97. Hugh Small, the FARA and the lobbying was STREAMING INTERNATIONALLY just that the “bright sparks” they are were “beaten”

  98. Hughcliffe and farsical, She has no credibility. When you don’t have that then your apologies are meaningless anyway. Proven Liar.

  99. mango brains
    The Observer editorial has descended through various stages. What was insight and perspicacity became mundane, then became political drivel, and has now reached farce.
    This piece of non-writing is a plea for change…. a change of the editorial writer; even more so, a change to the stultifying mindset of automatic government support that precludes saying anything when only negative things can be said. Today, in another paper, an excellent editorial is published.

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  100. I read one Rastamouse book. He is a secret agent who caught the wily Bandulu. I love the character. As a child I read Dangermouse and Supermouse comics. Many of our own can’t read or don’t read

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  101. So, there we were on International Women’s Day, with one of the highest-placed women in the land occupying the day’s spotlight. All things being equal, this should have been a proud moment for us girls. Yes! Women are actualising their full potential. The struggle has been long but we’ve made progress, baby. So why was I not as enthusiastic as before?
    Her performance was not as spectacular as some people claimed. Blame it on Mr Knight’s intimidation, some say. It is widely held that he doesn’t like her – and she set out to show him that she nuh fraid fe him. She seemed to have decided never to acknowledge his presence. When he asked her questions, she responded to the commissioner, not him. She read and read and read from endless documents, each one seeming to be more contradicting than the one before. In her teeniest-tiniest little voice, she sneaked in jabs at her enemy. At one time she broke into laughter for no reason at all. It was quite strange.

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  102. The end of this week finds the law abiding population of the Turks and Caicos Islands thoroughly fed-up with the continuing cuddling and coddling of criminals both inside and outside the civil service.

  103. Jamaican media boss sentencing date set for April 14

    US federal prosecutors last month charged Rodney, who runs a Caribbean foundation, with lying to the House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee during an inquiry into who paid for several legislators to go on Caribbean trips.

  104. LETTER OF THE DAY – Mocking Our Constitution

    In other jurisdictions, a head of state caught lying under oath, or even without being under oath, may be successfully impeached. We seem, here in Jamaica, to be able to effectively deal with the matter only by way of a parliamentary vote of ‘no confidence’. No governing party with a majority in the Parliament is at risk of losing its leader via this route. The reason is obvious.

    o deliberately disregard the highest law of the land, having sworn to protect it, by none other than the person holding the highest political office, for politically selfish opportunistic gain, is an impeachable act. It undermines the moral/legal authority a leader ought to enjoy, and makes mockery of our Constitution.

    What will the prime minister do after, on another score involving the protection of one of his constituents, Mr Coke, he stood in our Parliament on March 2, 2010, and boldly stated he was prepared to “pay the political price” and side with the Constitution?

  105. St. Thomas resident Rameish Simpson again being sought by the police

    Well-known St. Thomas resident Rameish Simpson is again being sought by the police.

    Mr. Simpson, who is also known as ‘Kick’, is wanted in a case of carnal abuse.

  106. Lightbourne withdraws controversial remark

    She has withdrawn a lot of answers under oath. Does not look good. Credibility just not there.

  107. Murder trial collapse exposes News of the World links to police corruptionDavid Cameron hired Andy Coulson despite knowing that as editor he employed Jonathan Rees, who paid police for stories

    Jonathan Rees paid a network of corrupt police officers who sold him confidential records. He boasted of other corrupt contacts in banks and government organisations; hired specialists to “blag” confidential data from targets’ current accounts, phone records and car registration; allegedly used “Trojan horse” emails to extract information from computers; and – according to two sources – commissioned burglaries to obtain material for journalists.

  108. The number of protesters on Friday dwindled to a tiny handful with word yesterday that former Minister of Finance for Michael Misick, Floyd Hall, was attempted to hire, and fly in, the Caribbean music group Morgan Heritage in an attempt to hold a concert, in the hope of attracting people that they could then say had gathered to support them.

    What about the group Mary Mary? Smitty’s “choice.”

  109. Mar. 12, 2011 – The ‘first’ casualty of the pointless protest…

  110. I also noticed the only income that TC Islanders have, being taken away from them, as these same people took the land and your livelihoods, while at the same time they were riding in comfortable first class travel at your expense. You remember the jets for their Ladies (?), 70K Range rovers for each of them, and their cronies, as much land as they wanted, free jet flights to see the Soviet mafia, and the list goes on…………………..

    I see this year has seen Best Value Destination being awarded to Sandals/Beaches, and Mr. Stewart must have been very happy. Today it would not surprise me if he just redirected all his customers to other destinations and gave them a partial refund, because that way he will always retain that customer.

    If he lets them come here, at this point in time, he may forever lose that customer. If you have been in any big business, believe me, he will be looking at it this week, because it’s the customer he wants rather than the destination, and he still has plenty of choices to offer without this beautiful island.

    It is evident that these poor excuses for politicians in waiting, are prepared to go to any means to bring this beautiful country down, and take everyone with them as well. Do they know, I wonder, that Ms Garlic is close to sequestrating their assets?… has it been leaked? or has the civil uprisings in the middle east, made them try the ways of third world countries, if that’s the case they show their limited abilities in politics.

    The middle-east and democratic countries are so far apart its laughable to make the comparison but their desperation makes them do desperate things, and, the benefit of the TC Islander is not their concern, the thought of prison is.

  111. The 20 or 30 “protestors” are simply protesting the lost of their lucrative positions and the potential loss of their freedom.

    If you haven’t noticed, there were some VERY deep pockets standing out on airport road blocking your passengers. And how about you, Beaches, Club Med, etc.? How are you going to argue with all of those cancellations that are now demanding full refunds?

    You may have trouble finding a TCI attorney not associated with the defendants, but civil cases have crossed international borders many times of late. I bet there’s some hungry Miami lawyers (remember the deep pockets).

  112. Many in the government and the private energy sector in the UK worry that the raising of the spectre of nuclear disaster will have implications for coalition plans for 10 new nuclear power stations to replace the UK’s ageing reactors.

    Could Jamaica even afford the iodine in the even of a small meltdown?…While the wealthy fly away…what about those who caaan’t,,,,,they wil have to stay’ …opportunity a scarce scare commadditaay…

    There are simple solutions and then there are simpletons…

  113. In Japan and other places people can evacuate from radiation by land…in Jamaica we are in need of an “evacuation” of some from their high horse.

  114. guest 6 hours ago in reply to teach.
    Abe initiated the action before the elections. We were told by Danville that it was a political ploy and we choose to believe Danville. Lord help us.
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  115. Visitors assured of safety despite TCI protests

    A group called the Turks and Caicos Islanders United for Justice…

  116. First, this is no ordinary corruption trial; it involves the very highest levels of an elected administration. The case against certain individuals must be built meticulously, it must be comprehensive, and it must be bullet-proof, as the loss of a major case will be devastating to an entire nation. In most corruption cases the investigation first focuses on the ‘little’ people, who can be turned on the bigger people through plea deals in return for testimony. In a small community such as this, there is nothing comparable to witness protection, etc. So, those convicted must be put away or the risk of retaliation is significant.

  117. Disrespecting the Constitution while expecting others to abide by it

    The huge blow to confidence in our politicians (just the latest of many blows to the little confidence we have left) however, does not stop there, as Prime Minister Bruce Golding last week admitted that he knew MPs were in breach but put his political party ahead of the Constitution of Jamaica. We already knew that he must have known and guessed the reasons, so this was really just confirmation — confirmation that undoubtedly damages his already battered reputation.

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  118. The prime minister defended himself by indicating that the “will of the people” as indicated by the elections may have been thwarted and thus he made a decision. This excuse comes across as one of convenience, for when the “will of the people” was clearly for the prime minister to resign last year, he offered his resignation to his party, not the people.
    The Government formed by the JLP could have continued with a new prime minister and Mr Golding would have shown respect for the will of the people.
    Also, the “will of the people” was clearly for an alleged drug and arms trafficker to face the courts, but that will was ignored for nine months, even though wiretap evidence secured by Jamaican authorities through warrants issued by the Supreme Court of Jamaica were admissible in a Jamaican court of law but no local court case was put in motion. The “will of the people” was for the WHOLE TRUTH about who hired Manatt and why they were hired, but all the country got was half-truths and deception.

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  119. Andrea Watson
    Instead of making a critical analysis of the matter and highlight the good and bad and they are,you chose to trivialise it maybe because its not going your way. Could it be that you are afraid to rebuke certain people and to give praise where it is due? I expected more from an editor and not this but then again maybe today you no have nothing better to give- me understand, sometimes coffee sometimes tea, today’s coffee taste like ………..
    mango brains
    The editorial page of the Observer is on a cataclysmic nose-dive. Outboxed, outwitted, outsized by events – it is reduced to sputtering parodies. Jamaica has a right to expect more from a national newspaper that is otherwise capable of sound reporting and level-headed commentary. I hereby urge that the spluttering vapid emptiness of the above not be allowed to again find space in the paper.
    wayne campbell
    I might agree with u in part but to most of us this is no acting we are seeing a lot of truth coming out we are seeing who is lying from who are speaking the truth, so dont simplified the proceeding, its a stand taken by the jlp.
    believe it or not like him or hate him KD is showing up a lot of people incopetenece, their lies and their corrupt behaviour he has done his home work thats why most times the commissioner have to agree with him…
    Trevor Harris
    Doh!! This one did not make the cut Mr Editor.what’s your point .Doh !
    Paul Gentles
    This is like a satorial column and rather unlike an Editorial on a serious matter impacting every man in the country.
    It seems to be down-playing the crass behaviour instead of chastising it.
    The politicians get away every day as there is no push for accountability.Re-think and position yourself towards this COE Editor,even if it’s not going your way,there are friendships and there is professionalism.
    Perception matters..

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  120. Julian Assange police investigator a friend of sex assault accuserOfficer and Miss A met through political party and corresponded over internet months before WikiLeaks chief was accused

  121. Samuda also told the Labourites that campaigning should not begin six months before an election, but should run from one election to the next.
    He reminded them of the importance of keeping close to the people who helped them to win ( You get a mention there David Smith!] as well as to examine what is happening in their constituencies.

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  122. Samuda also told the Labourites that campaigning should not begin six months before an election, but should run from one election to the next.

    Motty, you ALWAYS speak against the constant campaigning…it will be interesting to hear your response to this utterance.

    You can change your view on it today Motty…it is your right!


  124. DPP office strike..hehehehee…so what has changed?


  125. Lightbourne objects to her lawyers’ arguments

    The justice minister Dorothy Lightbourne this morning said she had disagreed with statements her lawyers had made on her behalf in a court document against the wiretap evidence cited by the United States for the extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

    In the document her lawyers had said among there was no provision precluding the use of wiretap evidence.

    The document also said there was evidence other than the wiretap material that could form the basis for the extradition request.

    However, Lightbourne said she did not agree with her lawyer.

    Lightbourne would trigger further frustration as she gave inappropriate responses to questions as to whether the court was best placed to interpret the issues raised in the extradition request.

  126. I didn’t’ know Dudus was a JLP strongman – Lightbourne

    The justice minister Dorothy Lightbourne today told the Manatt- Dudus commission of enquiry that she was never aware that Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) strongman in Western Kingston.

  127. Lightbourne’s statement is similar to that made by the national security minister Dwight Nelson who also testified that he did not know that Dudus was the leader of the Shower Posse.

    Under cross examination from People’s National Party attorney KD Knight today, Lightbourne said she was aware of allegations that Christopher Coke was a reputed don.

    But she said she never knew of his links to the JLP.

  128. AG at odds with her attorneys who represented her in case involving ‘Dudus’

    Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, the Attorney General and Justice Minister testified when the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry resumed at the Jamaica Conference Centre Monday morning that she disagreed with her attorneys who represented her when former West Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke had brought a claim against her.

    Did the attroneys not follow her instructions???

  129. On Monday, Ms. Lightbourne said she disagreed with her attorneys’ arguments and had she seen the document would have had them omitted.

    What else foes she “not see” while going about the business of the people of Jamaica?

    Oh yes….

    I didn’t’ know Dudus was a JLP strongman – Lightbourne

    A who the AG a try try try fi fool.

    Seriously, Dorothy you really expect anybody to believe you, Why dont you all try the truth for a change? Now you Mr. Nelson Minister of NATIONAL SECURITY and you did not know that Dudus was the leader of the shower posse. Maybe you should start saying what you DO KNOW since that list seems to be much shorter than the DID NOT KNOW

  130. Garlick noted that in the intervening months the investigation has developed considerably and the concerns that she expressed last year have grown.
    She wrote: “Recently, an attorney who is a close family relative of two suspects accompanied a client to an interview under caution, where one of the suspects was named by the questioning officer and questions were put concerning the client’s knowledge of offences alleged to have been committed by him. On a separate occasion, also involving an interview under caution, it became apparent as the interview progressed that the attorney should himself be regarded as a suspect and that the interview could not continue. More than one practising attorney is now implicated in this investigation and others are likely to be material witnesses.”

    I am also concerned that situations are likely to arise where, perhaps by reason of the close family or other personal ties between other members or employees of a particular firm and suspects, prejudice may inadvertently be caused to an investigation, if an individual attorney is not prepared or is not able to preserve the confidentiality of information that be may receive through acting for a suspect or witness.”

    Garlick’s letter ended by saying: “I anticipate that the Bar Council and the profession as a whole has for some time now been considering the implications of a series of trials of multiple defendants and that thought has already been given to some of the professional conduct issues that I have raised, possibly including admission to the Bar and authorisation for firms outside the jurisdiction to practice. If the Bar Council has issued any additional guidance to its members or is considering doing so, I would be grateful to know.”

  131. …it became apparent as the interview progressed that the attorney should himself be regarded as a suspect…More than one practising attorney is now implicated in this investigation and others are likely to be material witnesses.”

    PNP attorney casts doubt on Attorney General’s competence
    Mr. Knight drew reference to a diplomatic note dated September 18, 2010 where Ms. Lightbourne wrote to United States authorities.

    In that diplomatic note she raised several concerns.

    They included a better quality photo of Mr. Coke, names of the confidential witnesses among others.

    Ms. Lightbourne submitted that this was necessary as she had wanted evidence other than that of the interception before coming to her decision to sign the authority to proceed.

    When asked if the National Security Minister had been advised the Justice Minister seemed to have said yes initially but eventually said no.

    “Your behaviour in this entire matter has been such that the great office has been demeaned by you, in your corrupt quest, your involvement in a plot. Chairman I am finished with her,” Mr. Knight said.’s-competence

  132. Why did the U.S. authorities not give Dorothy Lightbourne the names of the confidential witnesses?

    Is it that they were certain she could not be trusted?

  133. “I’m suggesting that your behaviour in this entire matter has been such that the great office [of justice minister] has been demeaned in your corrupt quest to preserve the political…,” Knight stated before being cut off by Lightbourne who said that there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.
    “There is,” Knight quickly responded “your corrupt quest, your involvement in a plot.”

    “I think he’s losing his mind,” Lightbourne retorted, to much laughter.

    [BUSTED Dorothy. Isn’t that what they always say after they are busted?

    Glove fit Dor, can’t acquit. You ALL got caught. Looking forward to Harold’s shin dig this year?

    So who is the conspiracy theorist Dorothy? Who has lost their mind? Mrs Golding?

    “Although it appears unlikely that Mrs. Golding was delivering a message on behalf of the PM, Mrs. Golding’s rambling comments and penchant for sharing conspiracy theories with a key member of the U.S. Embassy community is consistent with a growing sense among many of indecisiveness and a lack of direction on the part of the PM and the JLP.”

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  134. It seems clear that poor Ms Lightbourne does not have very much control over what is happening, and as such, she is desperately trying to shield someone. Her refusal to directly and clearly answer the questions posed to her has backfired.

  135. How can any well-thinking Jamaican who is not influenced by partisan bias not wonder in amazement how a prominent member of the ruling JLP such as Miss Lightbourne (she has been associated with the party since 1976, she said) can claim ignorance about the role and function of Christopher “Dudus” Coke within the context of Tivoli Gardens and the pivotal role that political fiefdom has played in the fortunes and misfortunes of the JLP? Mind-boggling indeed!
    As a concerned citizen, I have found difficulty following the cross-examination between these two because of Miss Lightbourne’s apparent refusal to answer questions asked of her succinctly and directly. The constant bantering and circumlocution has become most exasperating and has detracted from the potent issues being raised by the learned Mr Knight who clearly has done his homework. In this vein, the commissioners seem hesitant to get Miss Lightbourne to be more forthcoming and cooperative.

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  136. One of the critical areas that needs FURTHER attention and needs to be considered is the impact that large amounts of money can have in such a small jurisdiction such as the TCI; a jurisdiction that will only have around 8,000 voters in the next election. For as little as $4 million you could give 4,000 voters a $1,000 each, buy an election, and then control billions in land and assets.

    The only hope for fair elections in the TCI is to remove the need for candidates to fund raise from millionaire and billionaire developers and bankers, drug dealers and money launderers, (as has occurred in every single past election cycle) and implement public funding of elections.

  137. We have all seen, and read about the recent demonstrations on the airport road, which actually closed the Airport, and caused numerous flight cancellations and created havoc and severe disruptions to the TCI’s bread and butter, the tourist industry.

    One of the instigators and ringleaders is of course, Wonka Selver……does everyone realize that this same person is the first person you see, behind the counter when you walk in to one of our leading Law Firms; Misick and Stanbrook.

  138. Lightbourne startles ‘Dudus’ enquiry with statements

    Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dorothy Lightbourne startled the Manatt-Dudus commission when she revealed that she disagreed with interpretations of an eminent attorney-at-law she had engaged to defend her, after she was sued by Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, in the aftermath of his extradition to the United States.

    Lightbourne said that she did not agree with some of the interpretations her lawyer, Ruel Henriques, tendered to the Supreme Court on her behalf in the case against her.

    The Minister also backtracked on claims she initially made to the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry that she buckled to public pressure and signed the extradition request for Christopher Coke.

    “When you yielded to the desire of civil society to put the matter before the court, you were sued by Mr. Coke’s lawyers?” asked Patrick Atkinson, the attorney for former national Security Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips.

  139. “When we had assembled much of the information, we decided this was a matter that had to be made public. We scheduled a press conference to be held in Montego Bay, to indicate that serious corruption was being perpetrated.

  140. In other matters, in responding to questions about a recent letter coming from Helen Garlick’s office and received by some members of the Bar Association, the Attorney General Huw Shepheard stated that there were a number of attorneys in the TCI who themselves were possible targets of the SIPT or who themselves had other significant conflicts of interests and as such would not be in a position to provide independent and adequate representation to legal clients of theirs.

  141. “It’s untenable … the Minister is saying she didn’t agree with her attorneys (and K.D.) Knight (lead attorney for the People’s National Party while cross examining the Attorney General) said did you read the authorities that were listed. She said no but she disagreed with the position they were advancing. It’s not only her credibility that has been savaged, but she has been found wanting as far as aspects of the discharge of her functions are concerned,” he said.

    And there are suggestions that the Attorney General has compromised the attorneys she retained for a claim brought against her by former West Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke last year.

    Under cross examination from Mr. Knight on Tuesday, the Justice Minister denied that her attorneys prepared the arguments based on her instructions, but rather on their own legal interpretation of the matter.

    However, legal opinion has frowned on this explanation.

    According to Mr. McFarlane, lawyers are not allowed to depart from the instructions of their clients as they may face serious trouble.

    “The attorney could be sanctioned. The client could make a complaint against the attorney. There are serious sanctions, including disbarment that faces an attorney for doing that, so the attorney would never go outside the instructions of his/her client.’s-credibility-being-questioned

  142. ‘In Bruce we trust not’, says report

    A new study has found that Jamaicans confidence in Prime Minister Bruce Golding has plummeted.

    The Director of the National Integrity Action Forum, Professor Trevor Munroe, has described the findings as troubling.

  143. Seeing as the full hundred is not forthcoming, can we get a half century? 🙂
    Bless up!

  144. Lightbourne wavers at Manatt enquiry

  145. Cyber crimes unit arrives at Leys office? Frank Phipps?

    Computers confiscated?

  146. Red P! A you dat? Full Hundred. Always ANY Jamaica runnings. Past, Future, Present.

    The Olint hundred, was paused for the COE. Never before seen video, audio everything to you heart content.

    Let Smitty gwan simmer likkle bit…no rush.

  147. Timing Red P..timing is everything…

  148. You were all so patient with Smitty…..

  149. Investigators visit Solicitor General’s office to seize computers

    Investigators from the Cybercrime Unit of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) went to the office of Douglas Leys, Solicitor General, Thursday afternoon, in a bid to seize his computers.

  150. Delivery of suspicious packages forces early adjournment
    The package to Knight contained a one-page note, which Superintendent Steve McGregor described as threatening, and a powdery substance. McGregor said the substance appeared to be harmless but advised that forensic analysis would be carried out. Also enclosed in the envelop addressed to Knight was a copy of Yvonne O Coke’s book titled, Perspectives from the Jamaican MAP: A Way of Life for Jamaica. (MAP is an acronym for motto, anthem and pledge).

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  151. The speaker also took issue with the proposal that the salary of the ECJ chair be increased and made equal to that of a senior puisne judge — an estimated $10.8 million.
    “It is offensive, it is greed and it is egregious arrogance which cannot be accepted inside here,” he said. “The serious problem I have is that the nine commissioners get a salary of $8.3 million per year for a part-time job and they meet an average of two hours per week twice per month.”
    Commendable and apposite arguments, we must admit. Pity, though, that they were delivered by a man who had no legitimate claim to a seat in the Parliament.

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    Pine McLarty $8.3 million safe. Even a drop in the “gratuity” won’t make her resign.

  152. Police deny they raided solicitor general’s office
    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    The police have refuted a story carried in the electronic media Thursday night that they raided the office of Solicitor General Douglas Leys Thursday afternoon to seize electronic equipment.
    In a news release issued a short while ago, the police said that they received a report from an attorney taking part in the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips enquiry regarding a purported fraudulent e-mail which was in circulation.

    “Checks were made with the attorney in question during which police personnel were shown a hard copy of the supposed fraudulent e-mail,” the news release said. “The investigators then informed said attorney that in order to check the origin of the e-mail they would have to access the Internet Protocol Address. It was at this time that the lawyer told the detectives to check with Solicitor General Douglas Leys, who the lawyer said was waiting for them at his office in New Kingston.”

    Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has also instructed all police personnel working at the Jamaica Conference Centre where the enquiry is taking place “not to take instructions from anyone participating in the proceedings excepting for the commissioners overseeing the enquiry”.

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    The emails pinch a nerve…reduce people to antics….so it go…

  153. Using influence over police….as usual?

  154. Another attorney has been accused of breaking the law.

    He’s facing a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, after a report was made by a complainant in a court case in which he was involved.

  155. Smitty!

    Were you trying to operate on a “need to not know basis?”


  156. Did Brady “refuse” or “decline” to give evidence?


    Mr. Small, ask him if he has ever hired Brady for other “work” since he “took” office in Sept 07′

  157. Hundreds of youths expecting to be released after new precedent set.

    In handing down the sentence, Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle noted that too many young men are behind bars and that it was not the best way to deal with them.

  158. Mr. Leys’ attorney, Oliver Smith, complained to the Commission that after getting a call from Frank Phipps Q.C. the attorney representing the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), about the possibility of the visit, he was called by Mr. Leys’ staff indicating that the police were at the office.

    Mr. Smith voiced strong objections to this.

    Storm in a tea cup – Phipps

    In explaining his role in the debacle, Mr. Phipps told the Commission that he received a text message indicating that the police would be dealing with the matter that afternoon.

    However, he did not indicate who the text message came from.

    “Counsel who represents Mr. Leys said I offer my client’s computer to be examined. He may have been offering it to the Commission without restrictions to the police, I don’t know, but he made that statement and it’s on record. I don’t see what this storm in a tea cup is all about. A suggestion that something improper took place on my part (and) going on radio and making a public interview, that is done in other jurisdictions where counsel appears but my training does not permit that,” Mr. Phipps [Who is a regular on the home field Wilmot “Motty” Perkins show] said.

    That resulted in a testy exchange between Mr. Smith and Mr. Phipps, with Mr. Smith insisting that his offer to the Commission was not an invitation to invade his client’s office.

    “Surely the Queen’s Counsel is not saying that my offer to the Commission was an open invitation for members of the (Jamaica) Constabulary Force to barge into my clients office. It was an offer to the Commission for the inspection to be done under what would be considered a controlled environment.

    “It was not an open invitation to the police force and surely that would be a stretch for the Queens Counsel or anyone else to conceive that,” Mr. Smith said.

    The police have already apologised to Mr. Leys for Thursday’s incident.

    Attorneys-at-law Patrick Atkinson and K.D. Knight Q.C., also weighed in on the issue voicing their concern about what they called the inappropriate action.

    Commission Chairman Emil George Q.C. expressed regret at the incident and called for the police to investigate how it happened.

    [Phipps had adamantly stated that he would not be revealing the contents of his brief]

  159. Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne may be forced to demit office

  160. Millions recouped in land and cash
    MORE than $3m worth of land and cash embezzled under the former expelled Government has so far been recouped by civil recovery lawyers.
    And several more millions are due to be returned to public coffers imminently from the 50-plus cases currently being probed.
    UK-appointed attorneys, from international law firm EAPD, said assets identified to date amounted to “many, many tens of millions of dollars”.
    And they insist the money they will ultimately salvage will “significantly outweigh” the cost of the pricey process.
    The money due to be retrieved is in addition to “major” cases such as the Salt Cay and Joe Grant Cay schemes in which developers are accused of buying political favours from erstwhile Ministers.

  161. Mr Harris said the civil recovery team was working closely with criminal investigators as some cases inevitably overlapped.
    “We have to ensure we don’t tread on each other’s toes. The courts recognise that if criminal and civil issues are engaged at the same time there has to be some order of prioritisation.”

  162. Governor Wetherell leaving TCI in August

  163. To: XXXX XXXXX
    From: CT
    Cc: Red P 🙂 and readers with deep pockets…:-)

    Just wanted to discuss reaction to the revelations made in XX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX; XX caught the attention of XXXX close to the powers that be; and would like XX XXXX XXXXX to be even more concrete. Otherwise XXXX will win the propaganda war and create more confusion among XXXXXXXX … as they are doing very effectively right now despite the XXXXXX XXXX in XXXXXX.

  164. The original official video (see Vevo) looks better than the copy posted above….more powerful…more clear..more helpful :-)…more satisfying…more needed.


  165. Ahhhaa Red P…the hundred is not for those who don’t desperately NEED a break…and certainly not for those who can’t afford it…

    “If you ain’t got no money take your….”

    You know the rest….

  166. Chung noted that the looks on the children’s faces demonstrated their deep appreciation that their fathers stayed away from their daily activities to join them for the entire day at school. He noted that there were students that their fathers had been absent, but amends were made with bringing in role models and mentors for them to feel comfortable.
    According to him, one of the fundamental reasons the event was held was to allow the boys to identify and adapt to the positives in society while shunning the negatives. Referencing between the corporate world where males are in the minority and the prisons where they make up for the majority, Chung points to the necessity of having a day where boys are pointed in the right direction.
    “When you look a prison, you find mostly males, but the absence of males in educational organizations and institutions. So that is really negative in regards to the male’s role in society. So if we try to solve this problem at an early age, I think the future will be bright for us,” Chung surmised.

  167. Out-going CCJ President uneasy with Jamaica appellate court suggestion

    Out-going President of the Caribbean Court of Justice Michael de la Bastide is uncomfortable with Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s suggestion that Jamaica considers establishing its own final appellate court.

    Well we have staff to serve it….for the ones in TCI are Coming Home…

  168. “The second danger it poses is the unintended damage it can do to people’s reputation because this is a funny thing when it comes to questions of corruption. If you even investigate, you don’t have to go to court, you don’t have to be charged, but for years and years everytime people see you (they recall),” Golding explained.

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    “I can’t recall”

  169. But there can be no real transformation of our economy and society if every major issue, every idea about what is right or wrong, is shaped by partisan considerations. Messages cannot be accepted willy-nilly or dismissed out of hand because of the perceived political bias of the messenger. They need to be evaluated on the basis of the evidence and quality of the argument.

    In the meantime we need, as a society, to avoid the false ‘moral equivalency’ argument that requires us link bad behaviour on one side of the political divide with something on the other side. That approach often obscures the issue and makes resolution harder by politicising it into inactivity.

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  170. There is nothing political about calling a spade a spade, but in Jamaica too many people and too many groups stay silent. Some people go further and say that we are a nation of cowards. Other people disagree and simply say that it is smart to stay silent and protect yourself or your business because politicians can be vindictive. But that is even more reason to speak out and demand accountability.

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  171. We also now know that on September 6, 2009, the prime minister secretly sanctioned an initiative to have a group of foreign lawyers intervene in the extradition matter to protect the ‘constitutional rights’ of a man wanted for extradition on drug-dealing and gunrunning charges. The foreign lawyers were charging US$100,000 per quarter, plus expenses.

    Notwithstanding the then secret involvement of Prime Minister Golding, Minister Daryl Vaz is reported in The Gleaner of September 10, 2009, as criticising the members of the public who were justly calling for the prime minister to break his self-imposed silence. In that Gleaner story, Vaz said: “This matter has been put properly before the minister of justice and the Attorney General’s Department; it is a case for them to deal with. They have it in front of them and it is being actively pursued.”

    He added: “The question of making a call for the prime minister’s intervention smacks of politics. The fact of the matter is that there has been no extradition in previous times that has had any intervention or comment of a prime minister. And no amount of calls, either by private sector or Opposition, is going to rush that process.”

  172. Corruption Capital – 80% Of Jamaicans Think Our Public Officials Are Rotten

    “That is close to the entire population,” lamented Balford Lewis, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, who was part of the team that conducted the study.

    The study, which defined corruption as the misuse of entrusted power for private benefit, also found that 45 per cent of respondents who thought corruption was “very common” indicated that they were less likely to support any form of governance.

    The findings of the study seemed hardly surprising to Professor Trevor Munroe, the director of the National Integrity Action Forum, who asserted that Jamaicans are taking note of instances where a prima facie case has been made out in the public domain against “untouchables” and nothing is done.

    Corruption allegations

    He cited the case involving Joseph Hibbert, the member of parliament for East Rural St Andrew and former junior minister for transport and works, who has been embroiled in corruption allegations involving British bridge-building firm Mabey and Johnson since 2009.

    Mabey and Johnson pleaded guilty to bribery charges that same year, but the case against Hibbert is still being investigated by the Jamaican police.

    “No prosecution and no report to the public why that is not happening. Not a word. Jamaican people are not idiots, and this is just one, perhaps the most egregious, case,” Munroe declared.

  173. Warmington told residents of Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine that if they did not vote for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), they would not receive hurricane-relief cheques. The minister went as far as to tell the supporters that he had spoken with Pearnel Charles, minister of labour and social security, and had told him that the cheques should not be sent out until after the elections.

    Montague, a minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, reportedly told supporters that only if they voted for the JLP councillor, would the roads in their community be repaired.

  174. The US Census Bureau estimates that the average employee uses approximately 80 per cent of his pre-tax income for personal and living expenses (for Hispanics, the demographic group most likely to send remittances, it is 85 per cent). If we use the 80 per cent expenditure, and we assume that 10 per cent goes to pay income tax, only 10 per cent would remain, from which the gift of remittance can be drawn. Although highly unlikely, if he were to remit the entire 10 per cent, that would represent no more than four per cent of the value his employment had created. The remaining 96 per cent would stay in the United States for the benefit of that economy.

  175. Again, this seems to be a case of “do as I say, not as I do”, because when the Jamaican public has called for accountability of politicians, the politicians have shunned accountability and basically spat in the face of Jamaicans. Many politicians clearly feel that they are only accountable to their parties and their die-hard supporters. This business as usual will only continue to contribute to the failure of Jamaica to achieve the goals set out unless the politicians change their mindset.
    Many of these politicians ignore at their own peril the fact that the dynamic in Jamaica is changing for the better and many people, especially younger voters, are taking note of every single politician and potential future politician who has stayed silent or even condoned “disgusting” and “disgraceful” behaviour, those that refuse to “stand by certain basic principles” and prefer to put their party first.

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  176. One piece of correspondence was supposedly a request to fund the general election campaigns of Andrew Holness, Andrew Gallimore, Chris Tufton, Joe Hibert. That raises the old matter of campaign contributions and the possible influence of the donors on the government.

  177. Mayor should testify at COE

  178. ‘Take A Stand, Jamaica!’

    Richards was not amused by the behaviour of government ministers who testified at the enquiry and raised eyebrows at Golding’s relationship with alleged drug dealer Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

    Richards said people in the Eastern Caribbean are baffled that the Jamaican prime minister could be so close to a known don.

    Richards claimed that Jamaicans appear to be mystified by Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne’s seeming lack of knowledge of her portfolio, and taken aback by National Security Minister Dwight Nelson’s pronouncements of “I can’t recall”.

    Arise from comfort zone

    Declaring that the structure of Jamaica and the Parliament are corrupt, Richards lamented that most people are protecting their interests instead of doing what is right.

    Church organisations were not spared by Richards.

    “The Church is silent because you will have to embrace what you don’t want to,” said Richards.

    “If you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem,” the fiery pastor added.

    “If you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem,” the fiery pastor added.

    “If you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem,” the fiery pastor added.

    Better to be a columnist or an “Economist” or talk show host Pastor Richards. Feign aloofness and express frustration at the “lesser mortals” Pastor. Put forward oversimplified suggestions on Singapore and Energy and all and sundry.

    Keep the status quo…if it works for you that is….

    For a true meritocracy might be too much for some to bear…

  179. or bare for that matter…

  180. Mysterious e-mail to take centre stage at Manatt Enquiry

    More developments are expected on Monday as the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry turns its attention to a mysterious e-mail which was allegedly forwarded to Solicitor General Douglas Leys and attorney-at-law Harold Brady

  181. Subtle changes in Colin Roberts perspective have profound implications for the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    Early last year it appeared that his perspective was that the criminal investigations conducted by Helen Garlick and the rehabilitation of governance in the TCI were two separate streams of activity, and though of course needing to acknowledge each other, were to be conducted separately and totally independently and at full speed.

    It took a very special and unusual event, the issuing of a special report on the Turks and Caicos Islands by the Foreign Affairs Committee, FAC, only one of seven in that parliamentary year and one that was completed just before the FAC adjourned for the general elections of May 2010, to raise the point that if elections were held in the TCI before Helen Garlick had finished her work that there would be significant incentives for individuals under investigation who have access to massive resources to influence and prevent fair elections from occurring.

    The report emphasized how Helen Garlick’s investigations and the rehabilitation of governance in the TCI are intimately linked. The latter could not occur fully until the former had been sufficiently completed. However much the FCO may have been anxious to put the period of 2003-2009 in the TCI behind it, it however had to do so responsibly and with greater awareness.

    It is this very same insight that we would respectfully seek to remind Mr. Roberts of again as he visits the TCI this week. That Helen Garlick’s work and the rehabilitation of governance in the TCI continue to be intimately linked. Many of those in both political parties who are the most vociferous and vocal in demanding certain content in our new Constitution are the very same individuals who will in all probability be indicted by Helen Garlick in the very near future.

    Colin Roberts should wait for Helen Garlick to complete at least the first part of her indictments so that he can see what actually happened here on the ground in the TCI during these last few years, before he attempts to put in place his recipe for preventing similar events from unfolding in the future.

    A case is being made by many that we MUST NOT lose this rare opportunity, won at a very heavy price, to do all that is humanly possible to embed into our new Constitution the principle of transparency and access to government information, and the principle of providing maximum transparency into the decision making of government. Any advocacy of concentrating decision making behind closed doors should be looked at with a jaundiced eye.

  182. British man with 21 acres in TCI pleads guilty to role in $130 million Tampa-based investment fraud scheme

    The investigation was handled by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service and the London police.

  183. Round two of protests coming soon

    The duration of the demonstration resulted in tourists and locals alike being inconvenienced. On the first day of protest, tourists were seen along the airport road dragging their luggage to and from the air transport point, as all the entrances and exits to the aerodrome were blocked by the protestors.

  184. The PM has himself confessed to being the driver of a deliberate strategy to contravene Jamaica’s constitutional provisions regarding dual citizenship. So, the relentless critique of Shahine, for one, including by your humble scribe, could equally have been directed at Driva, who sanctioned the initiative. Now we understand what he meant by saying constitutional rights don’t begin at Liguanea. Between Driva and Dorothy, they appear not to exist at all or, if they do, as mere trappings of expediency.

  185. “The authority of the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to take any decision or action that he considers necessary or useful to the party is an authority that has never, certainly not in my long time in the party, ever been questioned. It wasn’t questioned under Sir Alexander Bustamante, it wasn’t questioned under Mr Seaga; it hasn’t been questioned under me.”

    This unequivocal statement made by Prime Minister Bruce Golding last Friday at the Manatt-Coke commission of enquiry is important on two counts. First, the statement clarifies the scope of authority that the JLP leader, PM Golding, commands, at least in so far as his understanding of his authority as party leader. Second, Mr Golding’s statement contradicts the JLP’s argument two days earlier, on March 16, that important party decisions are only made through a constitutional and democratic process involving supporters.

  186. Copies of the email sent to Lightbourne & one of her attorneys

    The issue of the email dominated the sitting of the Commission as Oliver Smith, the attorney representing Mr. Leys, introduced a copy of the document, which he said was forwarded to Dr. Lloyd Barnett, one of the lawyers representing the Attorney General and copied to Ms. Lightbourne on January 15, 2011.

    Mr. Smith submitted that it was necessary to introduce the document into evidence as there were constant allegations that the previous copy may have been a fraud.

    An obviously agitated Commission Chairman, Queens Counsel (QC) Emil George, questioned why the email was not introduced before.

    This opened the proverbial “pandora’s box” of submissions from counsel present.

    Email document ruled admissable

    Patrick Atkinson QC, one of the attorneys for the People’s National Party (PNP), submitted that the Commission could not have anticipated that Ms. Lightbourne would have denied the existence of the email.

    K.D. Knight QC, the lead counsel for the PNP, said the email purports to show that Ms. Lightbourne knew about it all along.

    In the end, Mr. George ruled that the document is admissible but noted that the weight it may have was another matter.

    With that out of the way, Ms McGaw resumed her testimony in camera from a remote location.

    Interesting, Mr. George seems to think that the report carries any “weight.” The COE is public and all testimony (excluding that in camera) can reviewed by intelligent people.

    “Reporters” of whatever perceived “ilk” are not of any consequence here.

  187. O’Brien denies bribery
    Digicel owner says Irish tribunal findings flawed

    DENIS O’Brien maintains that he never paid a former Irish communications minister in exchange for a telephone company licence that helped him become one of Ireland’s wealthiest men.
    Yesterday, the Moriarty Tribunal made public a voluminous report from a 14-year probe, which documented Communication Minister Michael Lowry’s lobbying on behalf of telecoms tycoon O’Brien and his alleged confidential payments to Lowry.

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    It is unlikely that the paying off of anyone would work in the pristine environment of Jamaica. People who do such things just don’t survive in business in Jamaica. 🙂

  188. Where is the OLINT file? Anyone in the ODPP find it yet?

    Maybe next year?

  189. This is not just a fundamental question for TC Islanders as to what our one and only “Lord” is thinking, but it is also a key question for Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK, and for the Labour and Liberal parties of England. The whiff of scandal in the TCI still frightens many political figures in the UK for they STILL don’t know how deep or where exactly the total rot was/is in the TCI.

    Lord Ashcroft’s influence is one of the many reasons why William Hague the UK Foreign Secretary is so careful when he speaks about the TCI. It seems he always has to appear shocked, shocked I tell you, about what has happened here that has necessitated direct rule, as he did again in a recent statement. Often thought of as the closest UK elected friend of Lord Ashcroft, whatever he says or does will always be examined, reexamined, and reexamined again to see if or how it favours Lord Ashcroft.

    Here in the TCI, Lord Ashcroft is known to have contributed to the PDM party during the leadership of Floyd Seymour while at the same time allegedly having been a factor, according to court documents in England, intentionally or unintentionally, in the extravagant lifestyle of our previous PNP Premier.

  190. Jakan 2011
    By the same measure that BCJ move on raggaslackness, the Jamaica Observer should move on ChaplinFOOLISHNESS! If there is no place for one then no place for theother. The Jamaican Constitution affords us free speech and as said @Joaon Porteous, carefull how yu kill blackman entrepeneurship then call them wutless. If we allow Calypso and Folk singing in Jamaica we can allow Raggashanti Live and we can allow reggae, dancehall. We must seek ways to have all flourish and improve and uplift!

    Wa Tch
    Dorothy Lightbourne a heroine? What a load of crock!
    “Of course, Lightbourne made a couple of conflicting statements as she had to rely on her memory in answering some questions and once lost her cool.” This must be the understatement of the year.
    Lightbourne’s testimony was riddled with inconsistencies. The most amusing one was her acceptance then withdrawal of the email.
    By now given Ms. McGaw’s evidence, Mr. Chaplin must be seeking to retract his earlier “heroine” statement.

    Read more:–ragaslackness-_8561197#ixzz1HQECiP7G

  191. Justice Ministry denies shredding documents about “Dudus” extradition

    The Ministry of Justice is rushing to deny a report carried elsewhere in the media that documents relating to the Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition matter are being shredded at its offices

    According to the Justice Ministry, documents which were in Ms McGaw’s desk drawer were shredded.

  192. At the heart of this collaborative threat to our democracy is money – dirty money finances political campaigns; in return, government contracts are distributed as rewards for election victories. If we are serious about cleaning up our political system, we’ll need to get serious about political campaign finance reform, stricter monitoring of government contracts, and requiring comprehensive financial disclosures for government officials. Indeed, public financing of election campaigns – as is widely practised in Europe and South America – would be instrumental in curtailing the amount of illicit money in elections.

  193. Search on for missing log book

    A frantic search is being carried out at the Justice Ministry for a record book that disappeared seven months ago.

    “That book has been missing since the threat of the last hurricane when we had taken measures to secure documents. That was not done by the officer who was out at the time. We realized that the book was missing when we put back the office together and we have been searching for it and will continue to search for it,” he said.

    “Miss last night the B6 unit shut down..power cut…so I don’t have my homework…”

    Put Scooby Doo in charge of this latest investigation…Shaggy and Valerie can stay at ODPP and keep on looking for the missing OLINT files…

  194. However, the treaty has not always operated smoothly. It was reviewed in 1992 after incidents involving two Americans who came here in July 1992 to take back to the States with them, two resident aliens who were wanted in the USA. In one case, Frank Santana, who worked for an American bonding agency, got the assistance of a Jamaican policeman to take Haniff Ishmael, a Guyanese national who was wanted in the USA on cocaine charges, to Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, with a view to taking him back to the United States. However, a Jamaican immigration officer prevented Santana from taking Ishmael back with him.

    In the second case, Randy Fenster, an American private investigator, came under suspicion when he enquired about taking back with him to the United States, Fitzroy Riley, a Jamaican resident of the United States who was wanted in Larimer, Colorado, on fraud charges.

    And in August 1992 Norris Barnes, a Montego Bay businessman, filed suit in the Supreme Court against Frank Saren and Jose Torres, two agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admini-stration, and Mel Spence, a former Jamaican policeman, claiming that they had lured him to a yacht in Montego Bay, kidnapped him and taken him to the United States where he served two years on drug trafficking charges.

    But the most celebrated case involved Richard Orville ‘Storyteller’ Morrison, then 40, a crony of Lester Lloyd Coke, better known as ‘Jim Brown’, who was then the ranking don in Tivoli Gardens, west Kingston and who had been on remand at the General Penitentiary awaiting appeal of an order to extradite him to South Florida, where they were both accused of being leaders of the Shower Posse.

    In the Alvarez-Machain case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, on June 15, 1992 that the U.S. government may kidnap people from a foreign country and prosecute them over that nation’s objection.

    He was charged with using his medical skills to keep Enrique Camerana alive while the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent was tortured and interrogated in Mexico in 1985.

  195. In seeking to justify the justice minister’s delay in the signing the extradition request, Golding had told Parliament last year that constitutional rights do not begin in Liguanea.

    The comment had been seen as a direct insult to United States authorities whose embassy is located in Liguanea, St Andrew.

    However today, Golding sought to explain his comment.

    He said it was merely an attempt to demonstrate that people of both the upper and lower classes should be guaranteed the same constitutional rights.

    33 Asquith Drive, Plantation Heights, Red Hills, St Andrew

  196. He also insisted that where it was previously believed that geographically downtown begins at Cross Roads, he is of the view that the lines of demarcation have shifted northwards towards Liguanea.

    The Prime Minister’s explanation drew muted responses from those present at the sitting.

  197. Missing log book found

    Less than 24 hours after a senior official of the Ministry of Justice revealed that log book which could provide valuable information to the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry had gone missing, word has come that it has been found.

    Where there’s a will there’s a way???

    What a motivation! Is the motivation there to find the missing OLINT file at the DPP?

    Not yet?…soon…

  198. The Governor General needs to attend at least one session of the COE. Come on man!

  199. At 1:01 p.m., today, Friday, November 16, 2007, I recieved a call for the CG from Ms. Michelle Vickerman, Secretary to Mr. Harold Brady, Attorney at Law.

    Ms. Vickerman stated that Mr. Brady was desirous of speaking to the CG regarding a possible meeting between Mr. Brady, Dutch Representatives and the CG, today, Friday, November 16, 2007 between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. as the Representatives would be leaving the island tomorrow, November 17.

    I advised te CG of the call. The CG in turn instructed me to contact Mr. Brady’s Secretary and inform her that he was unable to meet at any time today with Mr. Brady and the Dutch Representatives, as he was unaware of the purpose of the meeting. However, a formal letter couls be sent to him outlining the purpose of the meeting for a response from him.

    However, I called Mr. Brady at 1:35 p.m at the number that was communicated to me and advised him as the CG had instructed. Mr. Brady stated that that was okay. He also indicated that he was at the momnet in discussion with the two(2) Representatives and had just stepped out of the meeting to take the call.


    Having regard to the aforementioned File Notes, it is instructive to note that at no point in time was the OCG provided with the letter which was requested from Mr. Harold Brady or any further documentation which attested to the authority and/or bases upon which Mr. Brady had requested a meeting with the Contractor General.


    Having regard to the act that the OCG is an Independent Commission of Parliament with a statutory obligation and the unknown role of Mr. Harold Brady in matters pertaining to the Trafigura Investigation, the OCG deemed it highly inappropriate to have been approached by Mr. Harold Brady regarding a meeting.

    The OCG’s concerns are compounded by the fact that:

    1. In the OCG’s last written communications with the Dutch Authorities, dated 2007 March 20 and 22, the OCG was advised by the Dutch that a Dutch request for legal assistance from the Jamaican Authorities was almost ready;

    2. Indeed, the Dutch Authorities had asserted, on 2007 March 22, that “We will find our direction to the Jamaican Government.”

    3. Mr. Harold Brady, a private Attorney-at-Law, on 2007 November 16, made representations to the OCG on behalf of foreign officials with respect to a matter which, should the media reports be accepted as factually correct and true, involved legal cooperation between Jamaica and another sovereign state.

    4. At the time when Mr. Harold Brady contacted the OCG, via telephone, on 2007 November 16, he was allegedly having discussions with certain unnamed Dutch Authorities.

    The compendium of the foregoing facts has left, to date, critical unanswered questions and concerns for the OG, regarding, inter alia, the following:

    (a) the propriety of the proposed meeting which Mr. Brady had sought with the OCG;

    (b) the role of Mr. Harold Brady and the propriety of his actions in his attempt to convene a meeting with the foriegn State Authorities and the OCG, an Independent Commission of the Parliament of Jamaica; and

    (c) who and/or what interests were being served when Mr. Brady approached the OCG on 2007 November 16.

    OCG’s Interactions with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)

    After the OCG was approached by Mr. Harold Brady in 2007 November, it is instructive to note that on 2008 January 10, the OCG was contacted by a representative of the JCF regarding a meeting with Dutch Authorities.

    The JCF officer requested a meeting with the OCG and indicated that the investigative effort was being marshalled by the DPP’s Office. In this regard, the OCG was now of the informed opinion that other Jamaica State Authorities were now enquiring into the Trafigura Beheer allegations.

    The OCG’s contact with the JCF confirmed the stated intention of the DutchAuthorities to seek audience with State Authorities in Jamaica, via a request for legal assistance. Having regard to the foregoing, the OCG’s concerns with respect to Mr. Harold Brady’s involvement was further compounded.

  200. In light of the controversy that has surrounded this Trafigura Beheer matter, the OCG feels obilged to recommend that stringent and appropriate election campaign financing laws be enacted to, among oter things, force the disclosure of the identity of political campaign donors and financiers.

    Orange County Incarcerations

  201. Mrs Golding must be given an opportunity to clear her name. Whether or not she accepts the invitation, the terms of reference of the Manatt commission of enquiry obliges the exploration of the conduct of any public person who interacted with US government officials in respect of the Dudus extradition.

  202. We invite readers to reflect on what this email really implies and to reflect on whether there is a material difference between implied or actual extortion and………” Astute businessmen do this all the time [donate to both parties], it is called covering their bases guys, and it is not illegal for the parties to accept these contributions.”

  203. Oliver Smith, how so rough? He’s your client’s (Smitty) benefactor…

  204. or no longer on speaking terms? Are he and Brady still on speaking terms?

  205. Early goals….scoring at will

    The two center backs behind the Captain/Driver worthless…

  206. Interest grows as Golding is cross examined by Knight
    Mr. Knight started with a series of questions and in answer to one question, Mr. Golding noted that in the first 10 days of the receipt of the extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who had been dubbed a drug kingpin by the United States Government, he was advised by Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, the Attorney General and Justice Minister of difficulties with the request.

    Mr. Golding was asked if this was the case from August 25, 2009 to September 30 2009.

    He said it was not case during that period; however sometime afterwards, he took it upon himself to see what he could have done to overcome those difficulties.

  207. Prince Andrew admitted he had been unwise after revelations earlier this month about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

    When the Labour MP Chris Bryant attempted to raise the prince’s connection with Kaituni in the Commons three weeks ago he was censured by the Speaker, John Bercow, who told him that references to the royal family under parliamentary privilege should be “sparing and respectful”.

  208. The two British individuals, Richard Pope and Simon Odoni, arrested and pleading guilty in Florida as part of a plea agreement for being at the heart of a massive Securities fraud valued anywhere from $40 to $200 million, are both well known in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    The press reports of Richard Pope and Simon Odoni now working with authorities as part of a plea agreement should be good news for most TCI citizens. Simon Odoni is reliably reported to have been present in the room when many of these “deals” were cut between Johnston and the Misick Administration.

    Business ethics is very much a relative measurement. Before Simon Odoni was arrested in the Dominican Republic in 2009 and extradited to the United States, he is reliably reported to have said that many of his past associates were quote “corrupt beyond measure”.

  209. Dear Editors,

    What are you guys waiting for???

    Have you ever heard of Richard Pope? [Article Below]

    An English “David Smith” if you will, complete with a Provo address and a definite connection to da “BOYZ”.

    As part of a plea agreement, Pope was ordered to pay restitution to the investors and forfeit properties linked to him in the Turks and Caicos islands and the Dominican Republic, along with money found in numerous bank accounts in Europe and the United States.

    Florida has emerged as a hotbed of investment fraud in recent years, including a wave of high-profile Ponzi schemes.

  210. What makes this interesting is the fact that now both David Smith and the Richard Pope gang are singing in front of US special investigators to the tunes of what might turn out to be a whole symphony. It is hard to justify (but easy to understand) how up to this day no charges were filed in the TCI, even though we are a British territory and British law enforcement was involved in the investigation and arrests.

  211. We are happy to say good bye to Sandy Lightbourne as Chairman of the FSC, and would like join our Governor in thanking him for the “excellent job he has done during his tenure” (direct quote Gordon Wetherell). That tenure involved David Smith moving the biggest Ponzi scheme in the Caribbean to TCI after he was shut down in Jamaica, the illegal transfer of more than $5 billion dollar worth of crownland (according to SIPT lawyers) through TCI financial institutions, and the organized money laundry that will be prosecuted in dozens of trials, each involving multiple suspects. Well done, Sandy, you are the man!

    Dear Gordon,

    Good Riddance!!

    Best wishes,


  212. Jamaican banker to plead guilty in $220M scheme that affected thousands
    David A. Smith is slated to plead guilty to 23 charges in Orlando federal court.

    A Jamaican banker accused of bilking thousands of investors out of more than $220 million is slated to plead guilty to nearly two-dozen charges in Orlando federal court today.

    David A. Smith already signed a plea agreement admitting guilt to four counts of wire fraud, a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and 18 counts of money laundering. He is scheduled to formally enter he plea before a judge at 10 a.m.,0,5348720.story

  213. These funds, transferred to his own personal bank accounts, reportedly enabled Smith to live a lavish lifestyle. Among his expenditures included political contributions, gambling, a down-payment for the purchase of a Lear jet and sponsorship of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

    Read more:

    Smitty you take Dudus money and throw in Ponzi?

  214. ACOM? Still not passing any aspersions on DS guilt or innocence?

    I suppose the civil action lawsuits against the feeders can proceed. No more “cover” to hide under.

  215. Admits Olint was “massive” Ponzi scheme

  216. As part of a plea agreement, Smith has admitted guilt to four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 18 of money laundering.

  217. Prosecutors also say Smith had ties to a Lake Mary company, i-Trade FX, which was licensed to deal in foreign currency trading. Court documents said Smith was the “majority capital investor” in the business, with an investment of more than $2 million.

    Smith had to close his business in Jamaica after authorities there raided the company’s office in 2006 and barred it from operating. He moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands after the raid.,0,5348720.story

    “Our” Jamaican media usuallly don’t put a date for the raids on Smith’s criminal enterprise in Jamaica. The Sun Sentinel is very clear with it though, 2006.

    Dates and times are very important. Extremely significant. Those watching Inquiry would know this. Good reporting Sentinel.

  218. What a way Smitty put on nuff weight inna jail. Yuh see him pitcha inna di Sentinel? Niiiiice. Lookin so round fi him big entrance to prison. Don’t drap di raas soap Smitty….Roast Duck is not what you think it is in prison…lol.
    Now, di rest of his crew better start looking for a French territory to call home. The Plea deal Smitty has made with the Feds does not happen without full cooperation, meaning, nuff singing has to happen for the plea to be adhered to. If David fails to reveal all he knows to them, omitting one detail they may already have, he will face the maximum term. David. what happen to yuh Dream Team of attorneys? Money frozen huh? Maybe Gillie still have a likkle lef?
    Guess it’s time for the full hundred. Ja….get ready for the real big man in this Ponzi Scheme to be revealed. Let’s see who received the bulk of the payouts from Olint funds. The US will be coming after that money. They will be seeking to get all they can recoup for their citizens. Mr. Fed, please don’t figet the real estate that have been transferred to other people’s name to try and save it. Mommy get a nice town house too….

  219. Count Five (Conspiracy to commit Money Laundering)

    First That two or more persons, in some way or manner, came o a mutual understanding to try to accomplish a common and unlawful plan, as charged in the indictment; and

    Second That the defendant under consideration knowingly and willfully became a member of such conspiracy.

    12. Cooperation – Substantial Assistance to be Considered

    Defendant agrees to cooperate fully with the United States in the investigation and prosecution of other persons, and to testify , subject to a prosecution for perjury or making a false statement, fully and truthfully before any federal court proceeding or federal grand jury in connection with the chrges in ths case and other matters, such cooperation to further include a full and complete dislosure of all relevant information, including production of any and all books, papers documents and other objects in the defendant’s possession or control, and to be reasonably available for interviews which the United States may require.

    9. Factual Basis

    Defendant is pleading guilty because defendant is in fact guilty. the defendant certifies that defendant does hereby admit that the facts set forth below are true, and were this case to go to trial, the united States would be able to prove these specific facts and others beyond a reasonable doubt.


    During the entire time that SMITH operated his Ponzi scheme, the only source of income for SMITH and his wife was from investors’ funds.

  220. There were over 6,000 victims of the wire fraud scheme executed by SMITH. One of SMITH’s investors was his sister, B. G., who resides with her husband, P.G., in Orange County, Florida. in 2004, B.G. and P.G. invested $3000 into OLINT, at SMITH’S request, which teyconsidered a favor to help a family member involved in a new business. The onthly account statements on their account showed an increase in value each month of approximately 10%, never with a loss. In subsequent years, B.G. and P.G. incresased the amount of money they invested in OLINT from time to time, until they had transfered a total of approximately $80-90,000. In 2006 B.G. and P.G. owned a home in Weston, Florida, which they had listed for sale as part of a planned move to the Orlando, Florida, area. The Weston home did not sell, and B.G. and P.G. needed approximatel $200,000 to make a down payment on a residence they had selected in the Orlando area. SMITH agreed to loan B.G. and P.G. $200,000 to make the down payment, and on or about July 24, 2006, SMITH arranged to have $199,985.00 wired into B.G. and P.G.’s bank account. On Augst 28, 2006, B.G. and P.G. closed on their new residence at 1739 Glenwick Drive, Winderemere, Florida, with a down payment of $159,881.10. B.G. and P.G. used the balance of the money that SMITH had wired to them to purchase upgrades and improvements to the residence. B.G. and P.G. have not made an payments toSMITH as payment on this loan.

    B.G.’s and P.G.’s residence in Weston, meanwhile, still has not sold, and SMITH offered to purchase the property for $700,000.00. Th terms of sale were verbal, and according o the agreement between B.G. and P.G. and SMITH, B.G. and P.G. would remain as the titled owners of the property; the $200,000.00 that SMITH had wired to theirbank account in July 2006 would be counted toward the $700,000.00 total price; and SMITH would transfer the remaining $500,000.00 into B.G.’s and P.G.’s OLINT accounts, and each month thereafter thy withdrew approximately $4,000.00. in total, B.G. and P.G. have withdrawn $396,000.00 from their OLINT accounts.

  221. In April or MAY 2008, SMITH’s mother visited SMITH at his home in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She then travelled to Orando, Florida. SMITH’s mother had carried a package from SMITH and his wife to be delivered to T.M., a family friend. Among other items in the package were several items of jewellery, including a necklace , earings, and a bracelet. T.M. called SMITH’s wife and asked her what she wanted T.M. to do with the jewellery, and SMITH’s wife told her to “hang on to it for now.” On January 14 2010, T.M. delivered the jewellery tp special agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The fair market value of the jewellery is approximately $15,675.00

  222. All this a much ,much more while thousands of children were deprived.

    Any payment lawyers recieved were not legitimate funds. Were not earned by David or Tracy Smith an were paid without the rightful owners consent.

    Early days still deacon…

  223. Shall we review the lawyers who accept the proceeds of criminal activity as payment for legal services?

  224. Facts:

    During the entire time that SMITH operated his Ponzi scheme, the only source of income for SMITH and his wife was from investors’ funds.

  225. People who are still on the blogs, please,open your eyes, take the sticks out of your a@@es and initiate some legal action against these mofos!

  226. ACOM? Kingdom Investments?

    Lee Chin ready now to sue for defamation?

  227. ACOM disappear like a tief in the night Floridian. A wonder what happen to any “donations” they collected to register with the US attorney’s office?

  228. The Army man, the cool man in St. Ann, the minister and countless others, must be quivering in their proverbial boots right about now.
    Red Peeeeeee….long time i no hear from you. Weh yu stand now boss?

  229. 8. Mandatory Restitution to Victim of Offense of Conviction

    Pursuant to 18 U.S.C 3663 (a) and (b) and 18 U.S.C. 3663A(a(b), defendant agrees to make full restirution to every investor n Overseas Locket International Corporation Ltd., OLINT Corporation Ltd., OLINT TCI, and TCI FX Traders Ltd., and any other person who was directly and proximately harmed as a result of the ommission of the offense of conviction.

    [Looks like feeder members have to sue the relative feeder clubs for themselves if they want money back]

  230. Mandatory Restitution to Victim of Offense of Conviction

    Pursuant to 18 U.S.C 3663 (a) and (b) and 18 U.S.C. 3663A(a(b), defendant agrees to make full restirution to every investor n Overseas Locket International Corporation Ltd., OLINT Corporation Ltd., OLINT TCI, and TCI FX Traders Ltd., and any other person who was directly and proximately harmed as a result of the ommission of the offense of conviction.

    [Looks like feeder members have to sue the relative feeder clubs for themselves if they want money back]

  231. Wildman to challenge PriceWaterhouseCoopers claims for work for Cash Plus

    The claim for payments for the work runs into hundreds of millions.
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, the entity hired to conduct the receivership through a team headed by Mr. Bandoian, claimed approximately $220 million for that work which was done in 42 days.

    But almost three years after the work was wrapped up, PricewaterhouseCoopers, through the law firm DunnCox, has asked the court to give it authority to “seize and sell” assets to meet their claims for payments.

    But that has left Mr. Wildman livid.

    He has expressed strong opposition to PriceWaterhouseCoopers seeking to secure funds at the expense of Cash Plus depositors.

    He is to mount a challenge when the two parties meet in court this Thursday to sort out the matter after attempts at mediation failed.

    We contacted DunnCox but the firm declined to comment.

    DunnCox claimed it was not hiding anything from the public or the almost 45,000 Cash Plus depositors who put more than $22 billion in the entity and still hold out faint hopes of recovering something from what turned out to be an elaborate ponzi scheme.

  232. Duane Ogilvie
    Read Full Story above!

    Smith said he has not applied the funds of members to his own use. The lawyers said they had full consultations with Smith and his wife Tracey and their lawyers Barnett and Associates during a visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) following the restraint order obtained by the attorney general on July 11.

    Smitty dont worry old pal we believe you…just do what you do best!
    Jah Guide!!!

  233. Duane Ogilvie

    A high-calibre team of Jamaican and international lawyers has flown to the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist Olint Corporation Ltd boss, David Smith, in preparing for a looming legal battle.

    July 18, 2008 at 6:01am ·

  234. Ingrid Riley Just got an email saying that
    1. The site is really a propaganda tool done up members of LeeChin’s camp to discredit not just Olint but other forex clubs. They are digging and checking IP addresses to find leads as to who’s behind this anonymously written site.

    2. ha…
    See More
    July 17, 2008 at 11:52am

    Listen man I heard a few people talking that they are about to mount a major anti- LeeChin campaign…renaming him LEECHING…the even developing a mascot with his head…the calling it LEECHING…the man and the company who’s trying to suck the life and livelihood out of the hands of Jama…
    See More
    July 17, 2008 at 9:23am

  235. Jonathan Simpson ‎8. They say pnzi scheme and all kinda crazy stuff when they all know better but they prey on the mind of the week through the media through respectable persons in society and plant seeds of doubt.

    There actually IS an international media case coming….but it’s not like that JS…it’s more the opposite…

  236. Remember Boyne’s tv “interview” with Donovan Davis?

    Ay bwoy..”best and brightest” PR can’t manage deep water…

  237. Thriving alternative investment schemes offering upwards of 10 per cent interest per month suddenly crashed in mid-2008, following local and international action that resulted in the freezing of investment funds estimated to run into the billions

    Read more:

    Local action in 2008? Really. That’s a lie. Smith was raided in 2006 under a PNP administration. Hope? …Hope?..or Rope?

    The DPP find the “missing” file yet? hehehe…

  238. Mike on Mr. Commissioner..heheh…FSC ehh?

  239. Mass “blocking” of comments on both major new spapers Olint “Hope Stories” today.


  240. Libyan foreign Minister flies to UK “to resign”

  241. Mr. Knight submitted that the issue of timing was an important consideration noting that it was raised by Dr. Kenneth Baugh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Senator Warren Newby, State Minister; as well as Ms. Lightbourne on various occasions.

    However Mr. Golding was steadfast in his view that timing did not play a part in the delay in Ms. Lightbourne signing the authority to proceed.–-pm

  242. I just spent some time reading Smitty’s Plea Agreement in it’s entirety and all I can say is WOW!!!
    That plea kinda loose….Smitty, if the judge is anything like the judge in the Rothstein case in Ft. Lauderdale few months back, it naw go pretty.
    I wonder if the entire choir who sang the praises for “David Smith, the greatest Forex trader on the planet” note that not one account that Smitty traded on made any profit….ever. Loss after loss after loss. But the few likkle assets that Smitty listed in the Plea need to be expanded. Maybe some of us should send reminders to the prosecutor so he can help Smitty refresh his memory. We also need to send a note to the Prosecutor about the co-conspirators in Jamaica…..anyway, mi a rush di ting. Mek we wait an see who Smitty can remember before mi help out……lol. Jamaica nice now.
    btw….will someone here tell me if Smitty’s counsel, Oliver Smith, is the same Oliver Smith on mi TV at the Manatt / Dudus circus.

  243. Same Oliver Smith, Same Spaulding same clients same lawyers. Know your lawyers, know your politicos know your baby mothers, know your criminals, know how your society functions etc. Come on Jamaicans.

    Know who is seen “visiting” the Inquiry and why.

    Know what they do, where they go, when they speak, what they say, email camera etc. Covered least they in a moment of ‘sillyness’ try to tske you on…

    They love feed from trough? So corral them….

  244. Know when them load drop and when it get pick up…help them keep their behaviour.

  245. Law firms pension fund causes jitters

  246. Replacement funds needed desperately.

  247. Smitty, was it difficult to “fool” them?

  248. or were you just “tricky” with the Australian model Smitty?

  249. US Embassy closure will not affect visa applicants

    but not cooperating with MLAT requests will.

  250. What’s the case?

    3. For many associated with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, the question is: Can the person now fly out of the country?

    What’s happening?

    6. Stories doing the rounds make mention of many Government properties, automobiles and real estate which are mysteriously disappearing from the books!

  251. Even though some feel that Michael Misick was able to avoid having to deal with this rape accusation in a TCI courtroom because former Attorney General Kurt da Freitas (who is also being investigated for corruption) ruled that there was insufficient evidence to move forward with a criminal prosecution, it is a generally accepted belief by most observers that when Michael Misick is eventually extradited to the United States for his involvement in the various ponzi, corruption, trafficking and money laundering schemes that he is alleged to have helped facilitate, he will eventually have to deal with this rape allegation in a USA criminal court as well.

    Michael Misick has not travelled to the United States in the last three years since this rape allegation surfaced.

  252. “You are a pathological, mendacious person. You have a pathological condition when it comes to telling the truth and I’m suggesting to you that you have misled, conspired and deceived the Parliament, the people of this country and this Commission, the Diaspora and every Jamaican and that you Prime Minister should pack your bags an go…,” Mr. Knight stated.

    Mr. Golding, in an angry response, declared that he would not answer any more questions from Mr. Knight.

    “I do not propose to answer any further questions from Mr. Knight. I will ignore every other question that he asks. I’m not going to sit here and be subjected to Mr. Knight’s abuse and cooperate with him in delivering that abuse on me and I’m prepared to pay the consequences,” Mr. Golding said.

    “Mr. Chairman, I had turned off my microphone and he saw it, so all this big talk is just like the big talk he gave with Dudus and deceived Dudus. Mr. Chairman I have no further questions of this witness,” Mr. Knight replied.

    During Thursday’s hearing, the Prime Minister refused to again answer the question of who financed the engagement of United States-based law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

    From: David Lazarus

    Below is the names you asked for:

    1. Neil Andradie
    2. James Robertson
    3. Charlene Robertson
    4. Patricia Nicholson
    5. Justin Ogilvie- plus any in his wifes’ name.
    6. Gassan Azan
    7. Andrea Hughsam
    8. Patrick Tempral
    9. Ansel Tempral. new & old.
    10.Charles Condell. (Eric)

    Hope this will do.


  253. Notice that the plea arrangement will allow for David to get a reduced sentence based on testimony/information given to help convict others. Wonder if he’s going to sing about the Martinezes? He has nothing to lose. Trust me, this saga isn’t over yet.

    Follow the money there. No one is going to get back everything put in, because the Martinezes have been spending it, but they’ll get their comeuppance.

  254. RedP – Talk to us. Is the fat lady finished singing?

    Oh how I would love to hear for the Supporters who kicked us off the #4 bus.

    • I agree. It would be big of them to acknowledge in someway how blinded they were by raw emotions, and that their censoring of dissenting voices inured to their own disadvantage by sealing the racks in their echo chamber.
      But that would be asking too much right? After all, I’m still, believe it or not, hearing among other things that:
      -David was a legitimate trader
      -that Olint could have survived but for the FSC’s intervention
      -that 10% monthly returns are legitimate
      – that David only became corrupted once certain elements entered the picture and exerted their influence
      -that the chairman of NCB conspired to bring about his downfall

      all heard by this writer within the last 3 days! 😮
      I will say, however, that it does seem that people, even the ones making the above statements, have generally accepted that David at least at some stage became a crook.
      Baby steps, they’ll arrive at the whole truth eventually.

      • Ah. The mother of the stupid is always pregnant and the fruits of her womb is plentiful in the land 🙂

  255. Coke knew about his indictment hours after PM was told

    Queens Counsel Patrick Atkinson was making reference to an October 2007 meeting the Prime Minister had with the then outgoing US Ambassador.

    “(A) few hours after the US Ambassador spoke to you about this oncoming indictment, Mr. Coke is on the phone discussing his knowledge of this indictment, do you have any comment on that Mr. Golding?” Mr. Atkinson asked.

    “I have no comment to make on that,”

    “A coincidence perhaps?”

    “I don’t know where that information would have come from if what is being said there is correct,” Mr. Golding said.

    “It is from cooperating witness number one in the extradition request,” said Mr. Atkinson

    “And (was) that cooperating witness speaking to him from Jamaica or from the United States?” the Prime Minister asked.

    “I don’t know (where) he was talking to him (from),”

    “That is important,” Mr. Golding stated.

    “No, what is important is that Mr. Coke knew about his indictment mere hours after the US Ambassador told you,” Mr. Atkinson said.

    Mr. Golding said he would not comment on the issue adding that he did not know where the information came from.

  256. Britain defends decision to postpone elections in the TCI

  257. TCI businessman nailed in major UK fraud

    Olint’s Smith admits 23 charges in US
    OLINT con artist David Smith is facing life behind bars after pleading guilty to 23 fraud and money laundering charges in Florida.

    Police overhaul ahead

    Premier rape claim woman sues Nikki Beach

  258. “I am passionate about the need for quality education. My wife and I own one of the oldest private schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands (Precious Treasures School) and over the past 22 years, we have invested our lives and financial resources into establishing and maintaining an institution worthy of mention,” Hutchinson stated.

  259. Smith had to close his business in Jamaica after authorities there raided the company’s office in 2006 and barred it from operating. He moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands after the raid. Approximately two years after relocating his operations to the TCI, Smith was arrested by local financial crimes police on a plethora of charges including theft.
    His case was later taken over by the Helen Garlick-led Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT), which, in the end, got a plea deal out of the scammer. The deal would make for Smith pleading guilty in return for his wife, Tracy, who was his co-accused, walking free.

  260. No word from fitzalbert?

  261. David Smith Guilty – Usa Donovan Davis – Guilty – Usa Noel Strachan- Not …

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