Olint Ponzi’s Boss David Smith gets 30 years

David Smith of OLINT fame today was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was sentenced after being found guilty on 23 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. David Smith was previously sentenced to six and half years in the Turks on Caicos in 2010. David Smith ran OLINT as a foreign exchange (FX) outfit that promised persons high returns that averaged 10% per month.   In reality OLINT  was a massive Ponzi that managed to rake in reportedly over US$220 million from over 6000 investors.


OLINT started sometime in 2004 as a quiet members club whose growth depended on word of mouth referrals. By 2006 however the Unregulated Financial Organisation as it was called began to face scrutiny in Jamaica from the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the financial services regulators in Jamaica.  Despite many public warnings by the FSC and leading bankers at the time money continued to flow into OLINT via intermediaries that would become know as feeder clubs and ‘pigs’.

In 2006, after a raid on OLINT and LewFam Investment, they shared adjoining office areas, by the FSC, the club then moved to Turks and Caicos where it operated. David Smith was also connected to TCI FX, a registered company in Turks and Caicos.  OLINT  was registered at different times in Panama and St. Kitts.   David Smith also formed a partnership with the principals of I-Trade  FX (now defunct), a foreign exchange platform owned by the operators of the Market Traders Institute(MTI). In late 2007 the formed a partnership called GotradeJamaica.com and also launched the OLINT foundation.

It has been reported that David Smith was hailed by the FX Chief as one of the greatest foreign exchange traders something that would later turn out to be false.  The National Futures Association investigation in 2009 of  I-Trade FX would show that David Smith/OLINT did little to no FX trading and when they did they lost. The same was fate of Ingrid Loiten of May Daisy apparent attempts at FX trading.


OLINT was acknowledged to have supported both political parties in Jamaica but the Jamaica Labour Party(JLP) is reported to have garnered significantly more support than the Peoples National Party(PNP). In fact some have argued that OLINT funds had a bearing on the outcome of the Jamaica elections in 2007.  Information available indicate that politicians from both sides of the divide in Jamaica, leading money market experts in Jamaica, doctors  lawyers and the likes are those that invested in OLINT.  One politician, Errol Ennis, a former minister of state in the Finance ministry, described the raid, on OLINT at the time, as a vulgar abuse of power by the state. Audley Shaw the current Finance minister was reported to have said in the Gleaner of January 31, 2007,  that FSC’s  actions against Olint, an entity which offers attractive interest rates, were unacceptable.

OLINT also sponsored the 2008 Jazz and Blue Festival, an annual music festival held in Montego Bay, Jamaica or its environs.

Former heads of the FSC, Byran Wynter, now the present governor of the Bank of Jamaica and George Roper the acting head 2007-2008, took much heat from the public for their strident opposition to the unregistered and unregulated financial operators  or alternative investment schemes as OLINT and others like Cash Plus, May Daisy and Worldwise etc became known as.

Impact on the Diaspora

OLINT word of month referral led to the investments coming from Jamaicans living in the USA, Canada, UK among other countries. The impact of the OLINT crash was particularly felt in Florida often referred to as Kingston 21.

In 2008, after the Ponzi ran into difficulties paying its customers and Money Laundering and other charges surfaced in July 2008, David Smith was arrested in Turks and Caicos  and the famous confession letter surfaced. He was later charged and convicted and subsequently brought for trial in the USA in 2010.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Smith is to serve his sentence in the Turks and Caicos then the rest of time in the United States.

1,020 Responses

  1. All of the ponzis bosses should do life imprisonment, it is so many lives they have ruined by stealing their hard earned cash. Noel Strachan and his mother are two is others that i am praying that America will put under manners pretty…….they too have stolen a lot of money from the Jamaican and foreign people and is still running the scheme because that office is still opened and they are not paying back anyone, it is opened as a front…….please someone do something about Noel strachan

  2. I sincerely hope that the 30 lenient years given that thief was in exchange for information on where he stashed the rest of the loot. His wife and family are still spending our money.

  3. David Smith is to return to TCI to serve out his 6 yrs after which he will return to the USA to start his 30yrs sentence.
    So the Olint chapter is over, will the Jamaican authorities use this case in determining the CashPlus outcome, I seriously doubt it.

  4. Hahaha…the T.V. Station outside the courthouse asked someone what they thought of David Smith and the reply was “Bangarang like that fi go a prison..”

    How exactly do you spell that asked another reporter….


    Selection for that one…haha

  5. What a powerful lyric ehh Smitty, “baby if I told you the right words at the right time you’d be mine…”


    [Editors’ Note: David A. Smith’s light sentence, 6 and a half years in the Turks and Caicos Islands and 30 years in the United States, compared to Bernie Madoff who received 150 years in the United States for his ponzi scheme, is due to Mr. Smith co-operating fully with authorities in detailing which Turks and Caicos politicians and attorneys assisted him in his exploits. This was in exchange for leniency and his wife not being charged along with him.

    After having his office raided and shut down in Jamaica by police authorities in 2006, it is truly mind boggling that David Smith was able to immediately move and setup shop in the Turks and Caicos Islands under the watch of our Financial Services Commission, FSC, and with the blessings of our government and opposition politicians.]


  7. Smith jailed for 30 years

    The TCI Belonger, 42, had been facing life behind bars after pleading guilty in March to 23 fraud and money laundering charges in Florida.

    Mr Knighton said international financial intelligence experts had recently dubbed the Olint case one of the “most interesting” in the world.

    “I am pleased that it’s come to an end but there are still proceedings ongoing which may involve other jurisdictions, and proceedings have yet to be concluded with David Smith in the TCI.


  8. Commenting on Smith’s sentence, Mr Knighton added: “It is unfortunate that his children and wife’s lives have been affected by such a huge sentence.”

  9. Education budget will be cut too, says Holness

    THE education ministry’s budget will be cut as will the allocations to all other ministries as a result of Jamaica’s loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Minister of Education Andrew Holness indicated yesterday.

    The Ministry of Education’s budget has been on a downward trend over the past three financial years.

    Minister of Finance and Planning Audley Shaw,
    ( http://www.olintja.com/blog/archivebookmark.aspx?ID=853 ) in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday, warned of further belt-tightening across central government in order to meet fiscal targets under the country’s IMF loan arangement. He said the Government had no choice but to further cut expenditure and adjust the budget given the IMF’s concerns about medium-term targets, which contributed to the delay of two quarterly reviews.

    “There comes a time when with all the challenges, the foundation of a country should not be challenged. I am confident that in the Cabinet, the minister of education will carry the voice of the education system and make sure that we rigorously oppose any cut to the sector,” he stated.

  10. Here is how we could all get our money back. I am making a move, well, a documentary of sorts, about the Olint saga ( after all it has just been dubbed “the most interesting swindle case ever”). So I am going to make a huge profit, say, 10% per month average.

    All wee have to do is pool our money because it costs alot to make this documentary. Please click below to make your donations…….

    A little levity folks.

    It is very painful to watch this thief walk away with a thirty-year sentence (of which he may spend a mere 7 or 8 locked up). His mother, brother, wife and those other idiots who have the disgusting nerve to say that this dirty thief is ” a good man” , because they are now rich from our money, shall all burn in hell with him.

    To all who lost, please try to stay strong. I am trying to do just that.

  11. To good to be true? GREEDY? Happy Birthday FSC?

    BRACE, Idiots, you’re in for a ride Jamaican Einsteins…you are now participants in a new out the box program called the FDX (figure it out).

    “Such returns are impossible” Think and check the facts before you chat…

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  12. BTW for those who try to label Olint members stupid, greedy etc. Saying “obviously” Smith was a “Ponzi” you might want to note that he got 30 years for other crimes, not for Ponzi….

    We need some remedial reading classes Minister Holness. Even for media practitioners and others in the “top echelons.”

    • Well Floridian, that is because there is no crime defined as “running a Ponzi Scheme.” However, the Fraud for which Smith was convicted was the essence of his ponzi scheme. False misleading representations that he was trading successfully on the F/X market, with the intent to lure “investors.” He has admitted to this fraud in his plea. He admitted to doing little or no trading and to using new funds to pay old investors: The very definition of a Ponzi Scheme!

      [Bernie Madoff was not convicted of running a Ponzi Scheme either. Madoff was convicted of the crimes of fraud and numerous other state and federal crimes.]

      This FRAUD was what was obvious to dispassionate intelligent onlookers. I maintain that Smith’s claims were so incredible that those who “invested” simple chose to ignore the corollary, numerous, and blatantly obvious red flags.
      Smith is now where he belongs. One can only hope that Jamaicans have learned a few valuable lessons from this: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is; if someone has done you wrong, for God’s sake, don’t sit on your ass, do as Belcher, Walker et al have done, TAKE ACTION! [We are still seeing people popping in on this and other fora, asking questions about world wise, lefam, f1 etc., as if they are just siting there waiting for someone to act on their behalf.]

      Disagree with their approach all you want, one has to reserve some appreciation and admiration for the persistence they showed in seeing to it that Smith faced the music.

  13. Well it has certainly been REAL. Good luck to all who still have work to do. Put your shoulder to the wheel. Nothing in this life comes easy it takes hard work.

    Nocotec, I make a special mention to you above and beyond all the others (a few others were of substance but the rest a bit hapless).

    Thank you Nocotec (Nonco), thank you for challenging me by saying that ALL the things I wanted could not be done.

    Now at this time, with every one of my goals completed I must salute the one who motivated me just that little extra by saying it could not be done.

    Thank You Noncotec!

    Of course I do agree Nonco that the wider “student body” shall not reap the success I bask in today and that is unfortunate. They must confront their own demons.

    But the lesson learnt (for youth in Jamaica in particular) is never say never and all things are possible as long as one is prepared to work hard. Keep you eye on the prize. No obstacle is insurmountable. No matter how high the bar you ‘canna cross’ it if you really want.

    Good luck to those who just starting to do something for themselves. Turn you han’ of course! Who else going do it for you???

    All the very best.

    See Nonco, cases against the feeders sprouting from all over now…

    August 9th 2011

    Click to access Dowe_v_Issa_2_USA.pdf

  14. Ha ha Floridian…As I stood in that courtroom, I too couldn’t help but think of your friend Nonco. What a class act that guy is…..

  15. I talk to all of you idiots who thought the little place in the Turks and Caicos did, and the big Jams were scared to do, were we right?

  16. You guys who thought he was the Messiah of FX trading in the early days of this blog, absolute shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. @floridian

    Olint was a Ponzi. Miak summed it up well.

  18. Tafari:

    Have you located DS hidden funds? Your past claims hinted at various locations you have identified which would lead to recovery for Olint Investors. When are you going share this info with us and US authorities? BTW, what were you doing in the Court Room? I hope you were not expecting some form of payout in court…were you? 🙂

  19. Hail John Doe

    From time to time I pop in and have a look but as i wrote a few years ago history has absolved us detractors. The Sage did see it in vision :).

    Oh how much I would love to talk to the people who kicked us off the #4 bus.
    StressnowBless, the high priestess
    Kevin the driva (Bruce?)

    RedP! we di I deh?

    I only hope lesson learnt but since the mother of the stupid is always pregnant, I will not hold out much hope.

  20. The ACOM better plant acorns. I believe McAllister once set up shop as a financial adviser. Shows how much the Idiot knows.

  21. Hail Robin Irie.

    Good to see you and Jay still around. Hope Nocotec is doing okay too.

  22. Please don’t believe that all $126M the Feds have identified to be recovered from O’lint will be absorbed by claimants in the US and T&C. No interest payments will be made with any claim, and lots of investors can’t meet the requirements for claims. Get your docs together and get the Jamaican courts working on behalf of Jamaicans.

  23. Not in my town…Govna…dig it up…

  24. From: David Lazarus dhplaz@gmail.com
    To: dsmith@kasnet.com

    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.


  25. Backra work never done?

    The government as employer is somewhat like backra: an anonymous, faceless factor X to which one is not personally accountable.


  26. Smitty, is you cause this you know. Every time I seek a little R&R them want mi discipline a bad behaviour BACKRA ….one just like you.

    You out to make me too wealthy Smitty….

  27. Abort LNG project – OCG

    The Office of the Contractor General (OCG), says its investigation into the award of a contract in relation to government’s proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project has uncovered glaring irregularities which require criminal investigation.

    The investigation related to the emergence of the Exmar Consortium as the preferred bidder for the construction of a floating storage and re-gasification unit for LNG.


  28. Always learning:

    Learn this…..There are some things you don’t need to know. I get your major contribution ……Sometimes we try to be funny and end up looking foolish.

  29. Bart Lavent paid US$4 Million of Gratuity to Ian Moore, James Robertson, Steven Wedderburn and Don Creary. Moore and Robertson also flew on David Smith’s Olint Plane. The US$4 Million has to be paid back to Bart Lavent because the LNG Project is both corrupt and dead in Jamaica.

  30. The LNG Scandal will take the same course as Olint. Jamaica’s DPP will ignore it, under political pressure, the US would step in because the bribery involved breached US jurisdiction. An American grand jury will indite the major actors and everybody will wonder why nothing was done when all the evidence was in Jamaica in the 1st place. History will repeat itself.

    James Robertson’s return to Jamaica might be a big mistake.

  31. “Most of today’s politicians realise that nobody in their ministries, or any of their expensive consultants, can tell them what is going on any more. They have a steering wheel in their hands without a clue what – if anything – it is connected to. Our leaders are reassuring us that the ship will certainly survive the growing storm. But on closer inspection they are either quietly pocketing the silverware or discreetly making their way to the lifeboats.”


  32. Panama and the British Virgin Islands will be the Chancellor George Osborne’s next targets as he extends his crackdown on tax havens used by rich Britons to salt their assets away.

    HM Revenue and Customs will aim to reach information-sharing agreements with Panama and the Virgin Islands similar to the one with Switzerland announced on Wednesday which will net the Treasury more than £5bn in unpaid tax.

    After targeting bank accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, HMRC will now turn the spotlight on wealthy Britons who use “disguised ownership” to keep the taxman at bay.


  33. “I have sent my documentation support to the appropriate Jamaica agencies. ”

    Jamaica has no “appropriate” agencies.

    John Doe, looks like this blog might have a second wind with JA, MD and others going at it. Interesting.

    Once the election date is called I will rock the world of this blog for the people of Jamaica. floridian has not one iota of “substantiating” problems…

    BTW excellent strategy by the Kenyan in the women’s marathon. That race should be used as a teaching aid for (non sport) subjects in our schools.

  34. Having endured the polygraph, the Labour MP can see a role for deploying lie-detectors as a means to help restore the public’s faith in politicians.

    “I think an annual polygraph test for MPs would be a damn good thing – it would actually show that we’re willing and keen to do it.”


  35. Defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA, shall be prohibited from incurring new credit charges, etc., shall refrain from engaging in any employment related to stocks, securities and investments…

    Court Reporter: Koretta Stanford (NBL)

  36. In light of the fact that the Facebook “Defenders” and the “Supporters” of David Smith are retreated temporarily (they will be back to hold Jamaica back in some form or another it’s just a matter of time) I thought I might lead those interested to understand Smith and the wider Jamaican society about the reasons for the fraud and why so many are involved.

    1. Read Prof. Hicklings/paisely’s work DISMISS IT ONLY AT THE PERIL OF THE NATION.

    2. Consider that far greater number of letters of support for David Smith than letters recommending society be protected from him were sent to the court.

    3. Note also that many ‘supporters’ tried to simultaneously line up for money back that Smith confessed he stole from them while telling them in COURT the whole entire thing was pure fraud. (Kool Aid in Mona and Hermitage? In the bottled water?)

    4. The overseas unit who has the money is startled by this aspect of Jamaican culture being so prevalent. Not to mention the sheer size and numbers of this backward groupthink. i.e I write to not let David Smith go to jail but thinking I can not be seen I try to go in the back door and take money having done nothing and in many cases MANY things to let Smith escape). Conscience? Shameless?

    Perhaps a dedicated thread here Jay. For our people are broken en masse.

    In the meantime do the reading and understand that the country is in trouble. Almost every letter ‘in favor’ of Smith is laced with tell tale narcissistic clues. Some to the point that one wonders if certain supporters who wrote were actually trying to get him a long sentence while expressing their own “god gifts” to the court. Trust me no Judge in America cares for any “special” status (real or imagined) that obtains for any of us in Jamaica.

    The ABUSE of RELIGION must also be considered. So intertwined in our society that I am tempted to say it is the most destructive force in Jamaica but alas, we have politicians and the more comprehensive issues of CORRUPTION in Jamaica.

    David Smith? His supporters? The zealots?All you have to do is read…

    “Spiritual materialism or spiritual narcissism are terms used to describe mistakes spiritual seekers commit which turn the pursuit of spiritualism into an ego building and confusion creating endeavor.”

    “Physical materialism is the belief that possessions can bring release from suffering. ”

    “Psychological materialism is the belief that a particular philosophy, belief system, or point of view will bring release from suffering. So seeking refuge by strongly identifying with a particular religion, philosophy, political party or viewpoint, for example, would be psychological materialism.”

    “Collective narcissism is related to ethnocentrism; however, ethnocentrism primarily focuses on self-centeredness at an ethnic or cultural level, while collective narcissism is extended to any type of ingroup beyond just cultures and ethnicities.”

    “Codependency is a tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caretaking ways that negatively impact one’s relationships and quality of life. Narcissists are considered to be natural magnets [David Smith the ultimate MAGNET?] for the codependent. ”

    See Narcissism…

  37. SUPERVISED RELEASE: 3 years, unsupervised if the defendant leaves the United States and does not voluntarily re-enter after being deported or removed.

    Jamaica needs to wake up to the realities before a master Charlatan returns…

    “unprincipled narcissist: including antisocial features. A charlatan—is a fraudulent, exploitative, deceptive and unscrupulous individual.”

    And the multitude of them running around town right now “Drunk with Power.”

  38. Who knows what when…That is the next question to be answered. Floridian you say Panama and the VI….The brits alone?

  39. City Kingston
    Stocks and Securities Limited
    24-26 Grenada Crescent
    Ground & Floor One
    Kingston 05
    Jamaica, WI
    webmail.sslinvest.com []

    Name Fiscal Services (EDP) Limited
    Handle FSEL
    Street 235B OLD HOPE ROAD

    Organization Bank of Jamaica (BANKO-108)

    Handle JAC1-ARIN
    Company Caribbean Systematics Limited
    Street 53 Knutsford Boulevard

    Name Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    Handle KLNNKF

    mail.wardkim.com []

  40. Map the servers. Columbus as well. Columbus will be you know who.

  41. Most all took the bait early August..11th 15th Ochi on the 16th and BOJ on the 19th 2011.

    Thx. Will ever get some down time?


    December 28, 2010 Reuters
    Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy partner Philip Bentley was quoted in a December 28, 2010 Reuters article about the increasingly likely prospect that Madoff’s victims will be reimbursed for a majority, and possibly all, of their losses as a result of the litigation recoveries obtained by the Madoff trustee from allegedly culpable parties. In light of this prospect, Bentley observed, the trustee should consider suspending his efforts to collect from the more than one thousand innocent investors whom he recently sued: “We would hope that Mr. Picard would focus his efforts on the parties he alleges were culpable, and put on hold suits against the thousand innocent investors he’s suing to recover profits.” Bentley represents a sizeable group of “net winner” investors who have been sued by the Madoff trustee.

  43. Jamaican druglord Christopher Coke pleads guilty to racketeering and assault

    Court papers say one of the victims was marked for death after stealing “drug proceeds” from Coke, who then administered his own brand of “Scarface”-style justice.
    “While the victim was tied down, Coke killed him with a chainsaw,” prosecutors Joceyln Strauber and John Zach wrote.

    In court this afternoon, Coke spoke with a lilting accent as he admitted conspiring to ship at least 3,000 kilos of marijuana and 15 kilos of cocaine to the United States between 1999 and June 2010.
    He also admitted ordering the 2007 knifing of a Bronx drug dealer who owed money to one of his cronies.
    “He got stabbed in his face,” Coke said of the unidentified victim.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/jamaican_druglord_christopher_coke_e0W0yrd52zJTNikveT4Q2J#ixzz1WeGnjPOl

  44. Federal authorities to go after Dudus’ assets


    Nonco, how Dudus Olint account fit into that?

  45. We hope that Mr Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke will sing his heart out
    Observer Editorial

    The instinct of the Jamaican people about former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Mr Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, was correct all along.
    Tenuously but strenuously holding onto a legal technicality, the administration resisted with might and main the US’s attempts to have
    Mr Coke extradited, from August 2009 to June 2010.

    During that time, it flatly told the Jamaican nation that its desire to yield to the extradition request was unconstitutional and wrong. The people were very willing to have that tested in the Jamaican courts, but that too was thwarted by the steely resolve of Mr Golding’s faithful Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne.

    We felt then that Mr Coke might be willing to call names of powerful people and that he might even have been fearing for his life here, hence his decision to surrender to the Americans.

    Between now and then, we hope that Mr Coke will ‘sing like a bird’, naming names and pointing fingers. In a small society such as ours, it is not possible for Mr Coke to have been able to run such a ‘successful’ organisation without the involvement of well-placed individuals in both the public and private sectors. Not to mention the beneficiaries of his nefarious activities.

    Sing, Mr Coke, sing your heart out.


    Dudus can rest his throat Observer. Smitty, who has been sentenced to more than Coke faces will be behaving at the mike and be well in tune. He will follow the lyric sheet without mistake for as they have said, “We nuh play…”

  46. Even when birds choose not to sing there is a plethora of other stock in the arsenal.

  47. Mark. Mark. My words?

  48. The payment of stamp duty is one of the principal sources of revenue for the Turks and Caicos islands. I am therefore concerned, not only to carry out his Lordship’s wishes in this particular case but also to establish whether the practice of deliberate underpayment has prevailed more widely throughout the TCI and if so, whether there is evidence of the commission of criminal offences.


  49. The plea deal does not require him to cooperate or to testify on behalf of the government in any proceeding.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dudus–lawyer-reveals-details-of-plea-deal#ixzz1WjPPmZDU

  50. One in 25 business leaders may be a psychopath, study finds
    Psychopaths use charm and manipulation to achieve success in the workplace, according to a US study

    The study, conducted by the New York psychologist Paul Babiak, suggests that they disguise the condition by hiding behind their high status, playing up their charm and by manipulating others.

    “Part of the problem is that the very things we’re looking for in our leaders, the psychopath can easily mimic.

    “Their natural tendency is to be charming. Take that charm and couch it in the right business language and it sounds like charismatic leadership.”

    The survey suggests psychopaths are actually poor managerial performers but are adept at climbing the corporate ladder because they can cover up their weaknesses by subtly charming superiors and subordinates.

    “But if you look at their actual performance and ratings as a team player and productively, it’s dismal. Looked good, performed badly.

    “You have to think of psychopaths as having at their disposal a very large repertoire of behaviours. So they can use charm, manipulation, intimidation, whatever is required.

    “What this allows them to do is use words to manipulate and con and to interact with you without the baggage of feeling your pain.”

    • Horizon: Are You Good Or Evil? is on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 7 September


  51. 60 member Parliament in Jamaica so at least 2 psychopaths. Which ones are they?

  52. 6. (C) In 2004, there were a number of graphic illustrations
    of the weakness of law enforcement and political institutions
    in combating crime. One particularly stark example: at the
    time of his murder in July 2004, alleged Spanish Town “One
    Order” gang leader Oliver “Bulbie” Smith was using a vehicle
    registered in the name of his alleged criminal deputy, Andrew
    “Bun Man” Hope, and Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) MP Olivia
    “Babsy” Grange. (Ref B) Police questioned Grange for several
    hours regarding her connection to Smith and Hope. She denied
    knowing Smith and claimed that she only guaranteed a loan for
    Hope, who is one of her “constituency workers.” During a
    four hour search of Smith’s home, the police found a green
    Jamaica Labour Party t-shirt with the words “One Love Babsy
    Cares” written on the front and “One Order Central St.
    Catherine” written on the back. The investigation into
    Grange’s relationship with Smith has been dropped.

    (C) Deputy Commissioner of Police Lucius Thomas, who is
    to become the new Commissioner of the JCF on January 19 (Ref
    C), recently told Poloff that every illegal operation in
    Jamaica – gangs, drug runners, extortionists, etc. have at
    least two to three JCF officers involved. He stated frankly
    that it is impossible for illegal activity to take place in
    Jamaica without some sort of JCF assistance.


  53. (C) Summary: Finance Ministry Financial Investigations
    Division (FID) Chief Technical Director Mike Surridge told
    Pol/Econ Chief March 4 that FID is investigating a
    naturalized Jamaican of Pakistani origin for suspected
    narcotics-related money laundering. The suspect, Mohammed
    Tufail Ahmed, (aka Mushtaq Ahmad Mian) owns Zulfiqar Motors
    in Kingston. Acting on a tip, FID uncovered suspicious
    information about Mian before recently seizing approximately
    120 cars from the dealership. Surridge said that due to
    possible money laundering/Miami links uncovered by the
    investigations, and given Mian’s original nationality,
    Minister of Finance Omar Davies had instructed him
    immediately to bring the information to the attention of the


  54. The collapse of Olint was brought on by the withdrawal of funds by its two most
    influential clients, who took out an estimated USD 500
    million, causing a fatal run on the assets.

    Roper believes Olint had about 3,000 accounts listed,
    but the actual number of participants could be 20 times
    larger based on the number of entities that served as feeders
    including F1 traders, Lewfam Investments (operated by Neil
    Lewis and Janice Lewis), various churches and individuals who
    deposited money for others who did not have an account.

    According to Roper, Olint’s CEO David Smith had a
    serious gambling problem and may have used clients’ funds to
    cover his gambling losses. Dennis Chung, a respected
    accountant and advisor to the Ministry of Finance, who knows
    Smith well, agrees telling Emboff, “Smith had three vices:
    women, gambling, and drinking which distracted him from
    trading.” The collapse appears to have been brought on by
    two clients, Joseph Issa (owner of highly successful
    Shell/Cool Oasis petrol and service stations across the
    island, and son of John and Ida Issa, owners of SuperClubs
    resorts) and businessman Peter Bovell (son of well known
    attorney, Christopher Bovell, of the firm Dunn Cox and
    Treasurer of the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP)). They were
    personal friends of Smith, but lost confidence in his
    currency trading skills so they withdrew their funds. The
    Bovells and Joe Issa are also known to be JLP fundraisers.

    (C) According to Roper, Issa brought his unease about
    Smith to Donovan Davis Jr., the Managing Partner of Capital
    Blu Management, an asset management firm based in Melbourne
    Florida that has a currency trading division. NOTE: Davis
    gave an interview to the Observer newspaper on April 25 in
    which he questions the promises of 10 percent a month returns
    being offered by schemes in Jamaica. Davis himself said he
    averages returns of 3 to 5 percent a month. END NOTE.
    According to Roper, Davis asked Smith if he could see Olint’s
    financial records, which Smith refused. Davis then asked to
    see Smith’s currency trading platform and strategy, which
    Smith also refused. Davis allegedly told Issa and Bovell to
    pull their money out of Olint, fearing Smith might be a
    fraud. Issa and Bovell may have had up to USD 500 million
    combined in Olint; the withdrawal caused a run on the
    scheme’s funds leading it to collapse.

    Roper said the USD 500 million appears to have been deposited with Davis for currency trading in the U.S. NOTE: Emboffs also have heard
    that Issa and Bovell asked Smith to give them a part of his
    business since they were the biggest clients; when Smith
    refused; the two chose to withdraw their funds in

    Olint Partied Until the End– Ties to Political and Business
    ——————————————— —

    ¶7. (C) Just prior to the collapse, Smith held a lavish party
    in the Turks and Caicos, where he had moved his operations
    (reftel A). According to Roper, Smith rented a private jet
    from Donovan Davis to make nearly 20 trips between Jamaica to
    Turks and Caicos to shuttle in guests. Smith also owns his
    own private jet. Roper said he has been told that important
    names in the Jamaican business community as well as some
    politicians from the ruling party attended. Emboffs said
    they heard Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz,
    and James Robertson, Minister without Portfolio, in the
    Office of the Prime Minister, are rumored to have attended
    and Roper, responded “so then you already know.” Chung told
    Econoff on August 18 that “he had no doubt” that Vaz and
    Robertson were at the party, but said he believes there were
    more politicians from both the JLP and PNP at the event.
    Financial journalist Keith Collister told Emboff that he also
    heard that Vaz and Robertson were at the party in addition to
    other high ranking politicians.

    Who Is David Smith?

    ¶8. (C) Smith banked on his reputation in the financial sector
    to build up Olint’s reputation. He had worked for seven
    years as a licensed representative of the respected Jamaica
    Money Market Brokers (JMMB) where he specialized in foreign
    currency trading. A January 25 Observer newspaper article
    listed Smith as one of the “hotshot traders,” and “perhaps
    the best known and now renowned FX traders to come on to the
    scene in recent years.”

    However, Smith’s career was not
    untarnished. While at JMMB he sold foreign currency reserves
    on behalf of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) at a premium and
    pocketed the difference from the official rate. Although
    never formally charged with a crime, Smith was fired from

    Hayden said that despite Smith’s talents he would not pass a “fit and proper”
    assessment from the FSC because of his prior infraction
    related to the BOJ currency issue; and therefore refused to
    apply for regulated status with the FSC.

    Chung said he was also concerned that Smith was
    becoming associated with “questionable individuals” adding
    “it was not good that he became involved with these kinds of
    people.” Chung said concern about these associations led him
    to sever his relationship with Smith.

    (SBU) Olint also sponsored the high profile Air Jamaica
    Jazz and Blues Festival in January and launched the Olint
    Foundation to help poor Jamaicans in December 2007. The
    foundation was started with a USD 1 million donation by Smith
    and the guest speaker was Michael Missick, the Premier of
    Turks and Caicos. NOTE: Smith appeared to have a close
    relationship with Missick which was also one of the factors
    that led Smith to move his operations to Turks and Caicos and
    buy a US multi-million dollar house there. END NOTE. Jared
    Martinez of Market Traders Institute in the US attended the
    event and pledged USD 140,000 at the annoucement of the

    Roper said the demise of Olint has the potential to
    be more economically devastating to Jamaica given the high
    profile of the members which include members of the middle
    and upper classes. A large number of lawyers, doctors,
    politicians, pilots (who invested in the feeder F1), and
    business owners made up account holders.

    Some in the GOJ may not want the full list of
    clients brought to light for political reasons, and also for
    fear that the deposits they made would indicate far higher
    earnings than have been reported in tax returns.


  55. JLP’s Funding Difficulties

    5.(C) Golding then noted that, historically, the JLP had relied on
    corporate donors for 70 percent of the Party’s funding; however, the
    “levels of money needed” had “grown beyond corporate donors’ ability.” He estimated the election would cost 250 million Jamaican dollars (3.7 million U.S.). Once the elections had been called, the JLP’s donors would be “more forthcoming.” However, the most recent results from pollster Bill Johnson, published in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, purporting that the PNP currently enjoyed a seven-point lead nationally were “not helpful” in raising donations. The JLP was “going after” about nineteen constituencies normally held by the PNP, and money was “key” in swinging the marginal constituencies.

    Corruption Endemic: Polls Suspect

    7.(C) Golding then observed that there were “not many things in Jamaica without a price tag: newspaper stories are for sale.” He described corruption as “endemic,” and acknowledged its presence within the JLP. Casting cold water on the Bill Johnson poll in the Jamaica Gleaner, he said “if you want a poll, it’s for sale.”


  56. NAS Director met with Derrick Smith, Shadow Minister for National Security, on June 26. Smith was confident that the opposition JLP party would win the next election. He expressed the JLP’s disappointment that the U.S. has not come out in favor of a JLP administration, levied criticism at the current Minister of National Security for poor resource management, called for reform of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and expressed skepticism regarding the need for international extradition.

    (C) When questioned about the JLP’s emotional and financial ability to sustain the campaign if the Prime Minister waits until later in the year to call the election, Smith was confident that the “friends of the JLP,” an admittedly quiet group that is made up primarily of business leaders, would continue to provide monetary support.

    Smith does not appear to be a proponent of international extradition. When challenged about whether drug king pins would be prosecuted
    if they remained in Jamaica, Smith agreed that they would not, and that for the moment, seemingly despite his own personal reservations, it was better to remove the individuals to the United States.

    C) The DEA is currently investigating Christopher Coke, a known drug dealer, crime boss, and JLP supporter. Coke’s indictment and arrest, even if it occurs before the next election, would not result in extradition to the United States until at least three or four years of legal challenges to the arrest and extradition had occurred. The current Minister of National Security has been the driving force behind the 2004 arrest and March 2007 extradition of Drug King Pin” Leebert Ramcharan and Donovan Williams. Given his less that enthusiastic support of international extradition, if Smith were to become Minister of National Security, he would have to be carefully cultivated in order to ensure that he would not stand as a roadblock to the removal of major crime figures such as Coke.


  57. (C) Should the JLP win the upcoming elections, Samuda stated that curbing crime and good governance would be a top priority stating simply “break the law, go to jail.” Under a JLP led government, Samuda promised a greater collaboration with both theU.S. and the UK in tackling crime, drug trafficking, and corruption. He also stated the JLP would: work to reduce the time between the criminal act and ultimate punishment (NOTE: Jamaican courts are notoriously over-burdened with cases taking years to make their way
    through the judicial process.

    Samuda conceded that these changes would not happen quickly. “We need to restore law, a sense of morality” which, according to Samuda,
    may take years.

    Additionally, Samuda agreed that corruption has become endemic throughout the GOJ and the island, but stated that the JLP’s plan “can’t work if you make exceptions because your friends are involved.” Samuda promised that JLP members would be asked whether they “are on the side of law or the side of compromise?”

    When pressed further about ridding the JLP of members who are either corrupt or connected to criminal enterprises, Samuda stated “Any JLP MP involved in crime or corruption are out!”

    The PNP, according to Samuda, believes that businessmen are
    corrupt; therefore, the PNP weighs down the business community with more and more rules and regulations to “keep them from cheating people.” The JLP, Samuda stated, believes the opposite: businessmen are basically honest and should not be subject to overly burdensome regulations. While noting that the JLP will “have severe consequences for those (businessmen) who violate the law,” Samuda stated the JLP will loosen the regulatory environment.

    See: JIS Website, Samuda’s testimony under oath at the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry.

  58. 11. (C) The only crack in Shaw,s confidence came when DCM
    asked what effect the Prime Minister,s announcement of
    August 27 as the election date was having on JLP finances.
    Shaw said it had strained the budget, as JLP was gearing
    their effort for a late July election. DCM asked whether the
    JLP,s normal donors (generally, in the business community)
    might not step up and provide more funds. Shaw indicated that
    they were already squealing before the election date was



    The Victim

    ¶2. (C) The alleged victim is a Burmese national who the GOJ believes was brought into Jamaica in 2000 to work as a domestic. She speaks very limited English (e.g., “yes,” “thank you,” “hello,” etc.). The victim reported she was responsible for cooking and cleaning for a doctor, the doctor’s husband, and their son. She was not allowed to go outside of the home without the doctor accompanying her. The victim stated that between 2000 and 2006 she was not paid any money; however, she said the doctor told her that she would put money away for her starting in 2006. The victim claims the doctor has opened a savings account for her, but that the account is in the doctor’s name. The victim has no idea how much money is in the account. The victim reported that she had her own room, that the doctor bought clothes for her, and that she took care of two cats. The victim ate at set times of the day. She described a typical day as starting after morning prayers. She then makes the beds in the house. She then moves to work in the garden. She cooks lunch and then returns to the garden until dark. At 5:00 pm, she prepares dinner (which, according to the victim, takes two hours). In between, she is responsible for cleaning the entire house (three stories). She has also been tasked with cooking food for a local monastery. She reports she has no days off. Finally, she reported that the doctor gave her parents USD 150.00 for her.

    She is reportedly more concerned about who will take care of her cats than the 7 years she lived as a slave.

    After securing a translator, the translator promptly withdrew after only one interview. According to Bryant, the Burmese community “got to him.” Bryant believes that because the doctor and her family are
    prominent members, they have threatened or intimidated the rest of the community into not assisting with the MOJ investigation.

    The Traffickers

    ¶5. (C) The doctor and her family are prominent within the
    Burmese community. They also are Jamaican citizens and are
    believed to travel under both Jamaican and Burmese passports
    and have U.S. visas. They live in a three-story mansion in
    the Beverly Hills subsection of Kingston. As the name
    implies, this subsection is one of the wealthiest parts of
    Jamaica indicating that the family could easily afford paid


  60. Senior Opposition JLP Senator confident of victory, but not

    (E) Pervasive corruption had been a problem in Jamaica for
    many years, but had yet to resonate with the electorate as a
    high priority; therefore, the JLP’s campaign had not dwelt
    upon it. However, once in power, Golding would do his utmost
    to clean up crooked contracting and other government abuses.

    5.(C) Even as we spoke, Collister received cellular phone
    calls from economist and editorialist John Rapley and from
    PSOJ Chairman Chris Zacca asking whether, through his
    editorial connections with the “Gleaner,” he might have any
    inside information regarding the Stone poll to be released
    the next day;

    (B) He was very concerned about the long-term effects of
    “CashPlus” and other Ponzi schemes operating in Jamaica.
    Thousands of lower income people were being lured into
    investing their meager savings. When, inevitably, this scam
    eventually collapsed, widespread unrest could ensue; the risk
    of violence would be even greater than on Election Day.


  61. Derrick Smith Minister of National Security

    12.(S) There have been allegations in the past from British High Commission contacts that Smith was involved with known gang leaders. Sources stated that Smith, along with then JLP boss Seaga, were complicit in weapons trafficking in a 2002 Department of Defense report. At the time the British had placed phone taps on suspected gang members in Jamaica, and recorded a phone call from Derrick Smith to a known gang leader ordering them to Qquiet things down for a while.Q Source stated that for about two weeks after the phone call there were no indications of weapons trafficking.

    In the past in his role as Shadow Minister for Justice, Smith expressed interest in DEA policies and operations in Jamaica.

    James Rudolph Edward Robertson

    Robertson was associated with a group of young JLP followers, with the moniker Qthe Young TurksQ, who sought to push Edward Seaga
    out of the party leadership during the 1990s.

    26.(C) In 2004, Robertson was named along with fellow JLP members, Shahine Robinson and Horace Chang, as being involved with money laundering and organized crime by local sources. According to DEA sources he was involved with Norris Nembhard, a drug kingpin awaiting deportation to the U.S. The source alleged that RobertsonQs father, Ishmael Robertson, was forced to hand over acres of land to settle his sonQs drug debts to Nembhard. Robertson has also has had frictions with fellow JLP stalwarts in the past. In
    2003 he defeated Babsy Grange as Deputy Leader, and caused
    her to lose her composure and shout expletives from the podium during a party conference. In the past he also was critical of Bruce Golding for not standing up to Seaga earlier and for walking away and forming the new party instead of fighting it out.


  62. Renowned investment banker and Chairman of NCB, Michael Lee Chin, expressed concern to the U.S. Ambassador saying he is receiving “threats” from those who have the incorrect belief that he is responsible for clients of Cash Plus not receiving their money.

    5. (C) The Jamaican Ministry of National Security (MNS) told Emboff that Prime Minister Bruce Golding plans to meet with the CEO of Cash Plus, Carlos Hill soon as part of some pending GOJ intervention with the scheme.

    The PIOJ contact said it will be difficult to address the issue because there are rumors that a number of politicians, judges and private sector leaders may be involved in the schemes.

    The Managing Director of Olint is David Smith who recently launched the USD 1 million Olint philanthropic foundation in Jamaica. The event was attended by several government ministers and Prime Minister Michael Missick of the Turks and Caicos islands where Olint recently moved its headquarters.

    If the scheme collapses it will create a ripple effect to other alternative investment schemes in the country and create a major political challenge for the relatively new Jamaican Labor Party-led government as it tries to explain to Jamaicans that it will not provide assistance to those who lost their savings.

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards,
    Bruce Golding.

  63. ¶8. (SBU) Prime Minister Bruce Golding has told the press (see
    reftels) that the GOJ will not offer a bailout. Widespread press reporting of the schemes has also resulted in political finger pointing by the ruling Jamaican Labor Party (JLP) and the opposition Peoples National Party (PNP). JLP Finance Minister Audley Shaw claims GOJ attorneys advised the former Finance Minister, Dr. Omar Davies, to take action in regulating the scheme, which Shaw claims Davies failed to do.
    ——- Original Message ——-

    From : Audley Shaw[mailto:fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com]
    Sent : 11/11/2006 11:01:13 AM
    To : dsmith@kasnet.com
    Cc :
    Subject : RE: fx trading
    It was a pleasure meeting you and your dear wife. I’m glad that you shared your knowledge and concerns with me. A friend of
    mine is keen on investing and would like to talk with you or better yet, he wants to meet with you if possible. He has asked me
    to fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you. Please let me know.

  64. Ms. Llewellyn further related (please protect) that she had to endure much from Pantry. She just had to smile and bear it. When Pantryleft, she said he even took his desk with him, leaving her without one. He did not tell her that she had been selected to succeed him until his going away office party. At that time, he pulled an envelope out of his pocket which contained the document officially naming her as the new DPP. Ms. Llewellyn attributed her staying power to her mother who told her that she could accomplish whatever she wanted through hard work and perseverance. Ms. Llewellyn advised that she starts her work day at 4:30 AM.


  65. On May 5, Director of Elections Danville Walker announced his immediate resignation. Walker’s resignation marks the latest casualty in the dual citizenship imbroglio that already has forced at least three Members of Parliament to formally renounce their U.S. citizenship (Ref A). Under Jamaican law, the post of Director of Elections may not have sworn allegiance to a foreign power. In his official statement, he stated that he was unwilling to renounce his U.S. citizenship.

    The 49-year old certified public accountant took over an organization
    that was failing in its basic mission to provide up-to-date voters lists and to allow free and fair elections at all polling stations. However he has been at the center of much of the recent controversy of dual national elected as Members of Parliament (MPs) in contravention of the constitution. Walker’s official proclamations, that all candidates for Parliament had been properly nominated, were cited in the Supreme Court hearings of MP Daryl Vaz of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the election petition filed against him by PNP candidate Abe Dabdoub(Ref A). Walker later came under fire personally when his U.S. citizenship came to light in the media, since the ElectoralCommission (Interim) Act prohibits “allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”

    Dabdoub maintains that he alerted the voters that Vaz was not eligible to serve in Parliament, and therefore any votes for Vaz were ‘null and void.’ Meanwhile, Vaz is using the publicity generated from the suit to
    increase his own visibility, and appears more popular than ever among the constituents. (Note: Vaz has renounced his U.S. Citizenship, and Embassy Kingston delivered the Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) to Vaz on May 6. After collecting his CLN documents, Vaz stated to Conoff that when PM Golding returns to Jamaica from his state visit to Cuba, he will deliver an ultimatum to two other JLP MPs to renounce or resign.

    The Consular Section remains as busy as ever, and has seen huge demand for their attempts to offer special interview procedures for previous U.S. visa holders to renew their visas.

    Thus, despite the controversy surrounding dual nationals serving in high government offices, there appears to be no decline in demand for U.S. travel documents and citizenship determinations among the
    general population.


  66. Crime Explosion lead to Smith’s Ouster

    ¶2. (C) It seems that Golding finally lost patience and decided to remove Smith despite his stature as Deputy Leader of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party. Smith, who has a laid back, some would say almost “absentee landlord” style, has been widely criticized since he took office eight months ago for inaction against Jamaica’s spiraling crime rate.

    With a potential general election looming (Ref A), Golding will need Smith’s support within the party and one hopes that his appointment as Minister of Mines and Telecom will assuage Smith’s bruised ego.

    Unlike Smith, MacMillan is known for being a high-energy, loquacious leader. When Golding was elected in September 2007, MacMillan was rumored to be on Golding’s short list as either a Special Advisor to Golding on Security or as a Special Advisor to Smith. MacMillan made no secret of his contempt for Smith as Minister of National Security, and as a result, ended up with an appointment as a Special Advisor on Corruption and Revenue for the Minister of Finance.

    While his reputation for not suffering fools quietly and speaking directly has won him some fans among the international community, his recent rash action to engineer the removal not only of the Director of
    the Financial Investigative Division, but also of her Deputy and Lead Investigator, earned him the ire of Jamaica’s main international partners. (Ref. D)

    It remains to be seen if the new Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral
    Hardley Lewin, can work with MacMillan. According to Lewin’s wife, who was a member of the Jamaica Defence Force at the time,MacMillan retired from the JDF as a Colonel, because it became apparent that he would not get the one job that he coveted, Chief of Staff.



    He shared with NAS that his decision to resign came after weeks of “oblique” public lambasting by the Prime Minister and his surrogates, such as the owner of Jamaica’s Daily Observer newspaper, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, that accused Lewin of failing to act to stop the recent increase in violent gang-related crime. (Ref B) Lewin stated that he
    was also just fed up with the actions of certain restive members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s officer corps, who are supporters of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party. These officers, according to Lewin, have complained bitterly, directly to the Prime Minister that Lewin has not promoted them for their loyalty. Lewin stated that when he took the
    job of Commissioner he expected corrupt members of the officer corps to attempt to sabotage him. However, this politically motivated menace caught him off guard.

    Lewin and Prime Minister Golding have had a difficult relationship since 2005, when the Jamaica Defence Force, under Lewin’s command, led a raid into the Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston. At the time, Lewin, aptly described Tivoli, which is part of Golding’s constituency as “the mother of all garrisons.” Golding, in defense of his constituency, in turn accused Lewin of playing politics in support of the then ruling People’s National Party, for at the time election rumors were in the air. In January, 2008, again under Lewin’s command, this time as Commissioner of Police, Jamaican Security Forces conducted a joint police/military operation inside Tivoli Gardens. The UK and Canadian High Commissioners that Golding may still bear a grudge against Lewin for these operations and that this grudge is coloring Golding’s decision making.

    On June 21, the UK High Commissioner, Jeremy Creswell informed the Canadian High Commissioner, the NAS Director and ICE Attache that there seems to be a “cabal” within Prime Minister Golding’s Government that still wants Lewin out. According to Creswell, immediately after Lewin’s decision to remain as Commissioner, James Robertson, Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister, requested a private meeting with Creswell. During the meeting, Robertson, who is believed to have links to criminal organizations, expressed his fury over Lewin’s decision to stay, and criticized members of the Services Commission for persuading Lewin to
    withdraw his resignation, calling them the UK’s friends. Creswell told us that he was surprised by and still unsure of the purpose of Robertson’s visit. Creswell’s analysis of an anti-Lewin sentiment within the Golding administration is shared by the Canadian High Commissioner.

    Ministry of National Security Senior Advisor on Policy, Ann Marie Barnes, had previously informed the NAS director that Prime Minister Golding never wanted Lewin in the job and only took him when it became clear that there was no international support for his chosen candidate, Assistant Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington.

    (Note: Ellington, who is considered by many to be an intelligent and capable officer, is suspected of having links to criminal organizations. The Assistant Commissioner of Police for Anti-Corruption, Justin Felice, a British officer seconded to the JCF, informed NAS that based on a request from Commissioner Lewin, he has pulled together a file on Ellington’s extra-curricular activities. On June 22, Lewin stated that he plans to call Ellington in to discuss his future with the JCF. According to Lewin, Ellington needs to decide whether he wants to be a police officer or something



    Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government took office in September, 2007, amid great expectations at home and abroad. Nine months on, its performance has been checkered:

    Although Golding has done little to endear himself at senior levels in Washington, cooperation with us on the ground in critical areas, especially law enforcement, remains strong: the apprehensions here in the past week of U.S. Marshals Top 15 fugitive David Clark and of Polk County, Florida murder suspect Davion Parson illustrate this. The pressures are taking a toll on the PM; an inveterate workaholic who has difficulty delegating responsibility, Golding now looks years older.

    By any objective measure, in its first nine months the JLP Government’s accomplishments have included the following:

    investigations of major national scandals, including a campaign finance imbroglio:

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    adroit handling of the dismantlement of “alternative investment” pyramid schemes, to include gradually dampening investor expectations of a government bailout


    [Members of the current govt. were BAILED OUT but not across the board]

    7.(C) Comment: Bruce Golding has lurched from one crisis to
    another since taking office last September, and his
    popularity recently has taken a dip.


  69. Through the NAS Director, Llewelyn advised the embassy to not make any entreaties directly to the Minister of Justice, requesting that the U.S. instead allow the DPP to represent our interest with the Minister. This is the same advice that she had earlier passed to the KCO. As this was the first test of Prime Minister Golding’s government on a high-profile extradition, based on Llewelyn’s advice, Post began to work other political channels leaving Lightbourne alone.

    July 8, the Minister of Justice signed the first surrender order, for Vivian “Jungo” Dally, who waived his right to a special hearing. On the 9th, Minister Lightbourne signed three more orders: for Robroy “Spy”
    Williams; Herbert “Scary” Henry; and Glenford “Toe” Williams.
    However, Nembhard’s order remained unsigned. On July 09, Lightbourne received copies of Nembhard’ defense motion requesting leave to appeal to the Privy Council. The Permanent Secretary told the NAS Director that afternoon that “these attorneys have to realize that this is serious business, and the games have to stop.” Late that evening, the ICE AttachQ received a call from MacMillan notifying us that Lightbourne was prepared to sign Nembhard’s order. He asked ICE to “take out the trash.”

    That evening, the ICE AttachQ received a call from the Minister of National Security, urging us to have the prisoners removed ASAP. The Minister also informed the ICE AttachQ that he and Minister Lightbourne had been threatened with death if the extradition were to take place. The Minister told ICE he was taking steps to provide additional security to all who were under threat.
    Post believes that Minister of National Security

    Trevor MacMillan was instrumental in stiffening Lightbourne’s spine between July 5-10 when she signed the extradition orders. It is a very good sign that she apparently now understands the gamesmanship that goes on in Jamaica, and has stated that she will not wait to sign any future surrender orders because she has no interest in giving defense lawyers so much latitude in the future.


  70. Jamaica: PM Golding concerned Justice System will Collapse

    The following is a list of some broad conclusions that they shared with the Prime Minister:

    a need for public engagement on corruption (not top-down media campaigns) but community-focused programs that people relate to and support;

    — to not lose the confidence of the Jamaican public and the above
    key crime fighting personnel, the government has to go after the
    “Big Fish,” a large business, a high-ranking police officer, a politician, and it cannot be politically motivated, e.g., just opposition members.

    Prime Minister Golding was very receptive to the comments
    made by the team. He admitted that the weakest link for the whole
    country is its justice system -“Our criminal justice system is in
    danger of collapsing.” He is deeply aware of the problems his
    government faces with corruption and shared anecdotes about his own personal interventions over the last nine months of his tenure as
    Prime Minister: direct intervention to prevent corruption in contracting; counseling of party members regarding public corruption; and, having to get personally involved in witness protection cases to gain agreement from the witness to testify.

    He also outlined some of the hurdles that the government continues to face. One example Golding cited had to do with corruption in public contracts. In 2007, Golding’s government tightened up the issuance of public contracts to prevent past practices of the granting ofcontracts to criminal dons. Golding told the team about one contract for USD $12-15 million that was let through a properly run competitive process. However, in classic mafia style, on the contractor’s first day on the job, the local Don showed up to explain “how things really work in Jamaica, and replaced the contractor with his people.” The contractor decided
    that it was not worth his life or the future of his business to protest and so he simply privately sub-contracted all the work to the Don, retaining all the liability for himself. The sub-contract went “unnoticed,” until Golding himself visited the job site and saw “familiar faces” among the workers and started asking questions.


  71. Olint Post Mortem — Political Donations and The Cause of the Collapse


  72. The NAS Director initiated the request for polygraph vetting in a meeting with the FID Director, Sharon Crooks on May 5 Crooks seemed amenable to the test. (Ref A) However when pressed to actually schedule the exam, Crooks and her sponsors within the Jamaican Government (Minister of National Security and Minister of Finance) circled the wagons and refused raising “national sovereignty.” (Ref B). Because of the ABC’s (U.S./UK/CAN) need to know that the FID Director and Deputy can be trusted, and because of legitimate concerns about Crooks associations (Ref A, B), Ambassador Johnson, the UK and Canadian High Commissioners met with Prime Minister Golding. (Ref B) Letters were also sent by all ABC Chiefs of Mission to the Finance Minister.

    The evening before, Ambassador Johnson had spoken with Richard Bernal, former Jamaican Ambassador to the U.S., who warned that Prime Minister Golding considered this matter to be a bilateral irritant that was negatively impacting Jamaica’s relationship with the United States.

    The UK Deputy High Commissioner, Martin Fidler, also shared with the NAS Director that the very week we went to see Dep. PM Baugh, the Minister of National Security, Trevor MacMillan, continued his protest over the ABC request for a polygraph of Crooks (Ref. B) and threatened to demand that Fidler and the staff of SOCA (the UK’s Serious and Organized Crime Agency present in Jamaica) submit to polygraph tests before MacMillan would discuss anything with them. Fidler stated that he retorted to MacMillan — “we already are polygraphed by our government so what is your problem.”

    There is a great deal of concern being expressed not only by U.S., UK and Canadian law enforcement about Crooks, the Commissioner of Police, and two Jamaican Assistant Commissioners of Police are also
    worried. If Crooks fails, the Minister of Finance and Minister of National Security, who have personally vouched for Crooks, will be more than just a little embarrassed.


  73. The GOJ, from the PM on down the line, to include Jamaica’s
    Ambassador in the U.S., do not seem to understand that
    Jamaica is not “special,” that it has to compete for USG resources with many other nations that simply have a greater visibility.


  74. Referring to Golding’s decline of an invitation to
    meet the President last March at the White House, Phillips claimed that “there had to be more to the story” than a scheduling difficulty.
    Ambassador confided that at one point Golding had indicated to her that he was “waiting for Obama.” Phillips observed that an elementary rule of diplomacy was to respect the office of the head of state rather than the individual, and said “someone needs to give the current government basic lessons.”

    Ambassador then observed that Jamaica needed stronger advocacy
    in Washington; meetings with Department officials and with key congressional contacts in order to garner support for Jamaica were
    vital. Phillips opined that Anthony Johnson had been a poor choice to
    serve as Jamaica’s Ambassador in Washington; Golding had appointed him as a political payoff. Phillips said he understood the need for Jamaica to have good relations with Cuba and Venezuela, but could not understand why Golding was not also maintaining traditional close ties with the U.S. Ambassador observed that it was Jamaica’s prerogative to court Chavez and Castro, but a mistake not to actively court the U.S.; for example, during the December, 2007 visit of Admiral Stavrides, high-level GoJ officials had missed an opportunity to cultivate SOUTHCOM, whose assistance in helping refurbish the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF)’s New Castle camp might be invaluable. In response to Ambassador’s inquiry, Phillips said he was “perplexed” over the current Government’s delay in implementingJamaica’s new asset forfeiture laws. Ambassador observed that PM Golding’s proposed national athletic program would be a perfect use for funds acquired from asset forfeitures.


    Yes Starting with his own.


    In May, the FBI, through the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, issued a press release regarding the Brooks case. Copies of the release were sent to the Commissioner of Police and Ministry of National Security. However the Jamaican press did not pick up the story at that time. It was therefore more than a bit of a surprise to everyone when on September 7, the story hit the front page of one of Jamaica’s largest daily newspapers.

    The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration,
    Gevene Bent, issued a statement that the purchase was made in
    error and the officer at the center of it all, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Robinson, breathed a sigh of relief. On September 8, the story seemed to be dying down and it was the JCF and Ministry of National Security’s intention to quietly file for reimbursement of the $20,000 recovered by the FBI.

    Robinson is mildly concerned that he will be made a scapegoat
    by the Jamaican Government, which has suffered mightily in the press over this “debacle.” (Note: Robinson was also involved in the procurement of the JCF new MP5 weapons from Pakistan, which were of such poor quality upon arrival that they had to be sent back.

    Unfortunately, the FBI was only able to recover $20,000 of
    the $80,000 of the JCF money.

    Scott anticipates that by September 15, the story will have left the papers and will simply go away.

    Barnes is not the only one who shares suspicion over Bent’s involvement in this matter — the NAS Director heard similar comments
    from both Assistant Commissioner Les Green and Assistant Commissioner Justin Felice (British Officer’s). Note: Green and Felice’s comments need to be taken in context as both are
    personal friends of ACP Robinson, who may also be under
    suspicion. However, that does not mean that their comments
    have no merit.


  76. The Deputy Commissioner of Police for Crime and the Assistant Commissioner of Police for Organized Crime attributed a spike in killings in May 2008 to a small group of JCF Senior officers and some rank in file members who abandoned their patrol responsibilities in an effort to push Commissioner Lewin out of the force and prevent his mission to reform the JCF. Their inaction led to a record 202 murders, with 49 occurring in the final week of the month. The uproar over the killings and the not-so-subtle campaign waged in the media to lay all the blame at Commissioner Lewin’s feet, lead to his resignation on June 2. (Ref D ) Due to pressure from multiple sources, the Prime Minister relented and Lewin recanted his resignation and remains Commissioner today. In August 2008, Lewin continued his
    shuffling of senior staff.

    You can “get away with murder” in Jamaica.

    On average the MIT is only able to put .5 detectives per murder case. In comparison, police forces in the U.S. normally assign multiple officers to any case. Even when an arrest does occur, the rates of prosecution and conviction are abysmally low. Due to a horrendous backlog of criminal cases, every year, the courts in Jamaica hear on
    average only 45 cases for murder. Of those cases, only half end in a conviction. These low rates only reinforce the conventional wisdom that you can “get away with murder” in Jamaica.

    In Kingston’s “garrison” neighborhoods, where most of the killing still occurs, gangs have effectively replaced the state by offering their own
    gangland rule of law, employment, and to some extent social services

    Despite these private and some very public calls by the Prime Minister and other GOJ officials of the need to “dismantle the garrisons,” the reality remains that even when crimes are reported, arrests are few and prosecutions are almost nonexistent as witness intimidation to include murder of family members and wholesale violence against the citizen population to include children is the norm.

    When gang-induced violence flares, particularly when a gang-leader is killed or is going to be arrested, the populace in the neighborhood will often turn out en mass to “defend” the don.

    The owner of one of Jamaica’s largest daily newspapers, the “Jamaica Gleaner,” recently told the NAS Director that crime and violence unfortunately have become such the norm that people expect to hear bad news and only the most heinous of incidents garners more than a few hours of public tut-tutting. For that reason, from time to time the Gleaner’s editorial board consciously decide to pull crime stories off the front page in an attempt to reduce societal numbness. The next month, the Gleaner will put it back on the front page, above the fold to draw emphasis to the problem and perhaps generate action from the political elite and police.

    While this plan was being drafted, the Commissioner of Police had already made a critical personnel change, one that is likely to have the most lasting impact on the reduction of crime, the removal of Deputy Commissioner of Police Linval Bailey to the Port Authority, and the appointment of Assistant Commissioner of Police Owen
    Ellington. Ellington has a reputation as a capable police officer, one who can motivate both the officer corps and rank-and-file. He is no shrinking violet when it comes to calling for tough measures against criminals. In a speech before the Jamaica Employers Federation in July, Ellington derided the politicians who support garrison neighborhoods as a means of holding on to political power. According to one of Ellington’s colleagues, the Assistant Commissioner of Police for Organized Crime, Lewin could not have found a better person to tackle operational response to gang

    Ellington bears watching, for he was on Prime Minster Golding’s short list of candidate for Commissioner of Police in 2007 and he would likely be the top choice to succeed Lewin in 2011 at the expiry of Lewin’s current contract. (Ref D) Questions still remain about Ellington’s links to suspected criminals and dirty politicians. As part of the Police Strategic Review, Ellington has agreed to
    undergo a polygraph.

    Biting the hand that feeds you — will the politicians
    actually sanction action against the gangs?

    The Prime Minister also has a much too cozy relationship with a reputed Don, Christopher Coke, who rules over part of Golding’s constituency like the feudal king of Tivoli Gardens. Additionally, a recent assessment funded by USAID on the impact of corruption highlighted the umbilical cords that continue to exist between the Jamaican political class and criminal organizations. In private meetings with the Ambassador and Chiefs of the UK and Canadian High Commissioner, the team laid out a stark future for Jamaica. It is a choice between supporting reform or a continued slide into a Haiti-like chaos, which is a future even some Jamaican politicians also fear.

    There are strong reform-minded individuals, such as the Commissioner of Police, who have not given up, but it remains to be seen if Jamaica’s political class will bolster that limb that the reformers, such as the Commissioner, have climbed out on, or saw it off.


  77. Finance Minister Audley Shaw has sought to downplay the potential fallout from the current global financial meltdown in Jamaica’s economy. In order to avoid a crisis of confidence, Shaw has been reassuring Jamaicans that the country’s financial system is not in danger. Shaw told Parliament that depositors, policyholders and pensioners can rest assured that the domestic financial system remains well capitalized, well supervised and has the strong backing of the Central bank and the government. Shaw also indicated that
    government’s external capital requirements were being supplemented by policy-based loans from multilaterals at interest rates as low as five percent. Similar sentiments have been echoed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding during his recent visit to Washington D.C.

    Thwaites, who is less concerned about the systemic risks being addressed by Shaw, has gone to the extent of warning Jamaicans that they will have to make radical lifestyle changes due to the negative effects of the global economic crisis. His position appears to be resonating with the populace, including government financial advisor Dennis Chung, who is predicting that the crisis will have a devastating impact on Jamaica.

    Even before the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav in August, real GDP was declining on the back of weak agriculture, manufacturing and mining performance. This fallout is expected to intensify in upcoming quarters as agriculture and in particular export agriculture sectors were decimated by Gustav (reftels). So bad was the shock to banana exports that the sole exporter, Jamaica ProducersGroup, decided to exit the banana export business. Add to this the likely impact of the slowdown in consumption precipitated by the collapse of the alternative investment schemes (reftels) and the economic forecast look bleaker.

    It is highly unlikely that Jamaica will escape the ravages of the current global financial meltdown given its heavy dependence on the external economy.


  78. The large amount of foreign exchange invested (and now
    lost) in the infamous collapsed alternative investment schemes
    (reftels) have further reduced the supply of available hard




    Besieged by an alarming wave of violent crime, resurgent inflation, pressure on the Jamaican dollar, high unemployment, heavy damage to the agriculture sector from hurricanes Dean and Gustav, and a recent downgrade of the country’s financial rating, until recently Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at least
    could claim progress in the area of good governance and transparency. Unfortunately, recent events have undermined this claim, leading many to wonder whether the current government is any cleaner than its predecessor.

    In recent days, Sangster, together with JUTC procurement committee members Dennis Chung and Raphael Barrett, have resigned from the JUTC Board ) thus lending credence to Christie’s allegations.

    In a separate development, Agriculture Minister Dr. Chris Tufton has announced a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the purchase of 6,000 tons of fertilizer by Jamaica Cane Product Sales (JCPS) from the Indian company Shreeji Impex Corp. Under the terms of a deal brokered in March, JCPS deposited USD 1.4 million with agents of Shreeji Impex in New York. However, the shipment of fertilizer, scheduled to arrive in April/May, was never
    delivered. JCPS reportedly has recovered only USD 250,000
    from the New York-based agents, and thus has lost USD 1.15 million at a time when Jamaica’s vital agriculture sector has been devastated by hurricanes Dean and Gustav and as the Government faces extreme budgetary pressures

    On another front, local media have reported that the Government has been unable to recover any of the USD 81,100 expended to purchase ammunition from unlicensed arms broker Lance Brooks.

    Commissioner of Police Hardley Lewin reportedly has asserted that “every effort is being made to recover the money paid..

    Minister’s Residence Searched in U.K. Investigation
    ——————————————— ——

    8.(C) Finally, an ongoing international investigation by the
    British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) led the Jamaican Serious
    and Organized Crime Branch to search the home of the JLP
    Member of Parliament (MP) for East Rural St. Andrew and
    Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works
    Joseph Hibbert on the morning of December 9. The police
    reportedly sought evidence relevant to the dealings of an
    unnamed U.K.-based firm in Jamaica some 15 years ago, when
    Hibbert served as a civil engineer with the Ministry of

    Housing and Works in the previous JLP Government of former PM
    Edward Seaga. Hibbert’s attorney has stoutly denied any
    wrongdoing by his client, and a JLP press release maintains
    there has been no impropriety on Hibbert’s part, and that the
    case will be resolved in the U.K. courts. However, post’s
    sources indicate that he may have continued to receive
    payments after having relinquished his position as a civil


  80. Pilots have beeen placed on alert and Jets have been fuelled. Many may be heading for non extradition countries.

  81. Money laundering, at its simplest, is the act of making money that comes from Source A look like it comes from Source B. Money laundering is a crime if it is used to disguise the origins of illegally-obtained money, because the proceeds of a crime are made to appear legitimate. The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication.
    JI relied on his complex web of companies to willfully conceal his money laundering activities. JI’s MZ Holdings and USIMO Corporation apparently entered into a limited contractual arrangement with OLINT to provide certain vendor services to OLINT. MZ Holdings and USIMO bank accounts were used in connection with its OLINT vendor money laundering obligations.
    MZ Holdings and USIMO are companies controlled by JI that are linked to David Smith’s OLINT scheme. David Smith plead guilty to 17 counts of Money Laundering and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. Mr. Smith was recently sentenced to 30 years in Federal Prison.

  82. COMMENT: The true test of
    anti-corruption measures will be if cases go to trial and
    convictions are secured. There also has been a general reluctance
    to target higher level GOJ officials who are suspected of
    corruption. END COMMENT.


  83. Investment Schemes – Olint Suffers another Blow
    ——————————————— —

    ¶10. (SBU) The embattled alternative investment scheme Olint
    Corporation has suffered another major blow in its bid to maintain
    legitimacy, as the UK-based Privy Council has given National
    Commercial Bank (NCB) the green light to close the scheme’s accounts
    – Olint’s lawyers did not appear at the hearing. In this regard,
    the Privy Council has overturned the decision of the local courts,
    which had ruled that Olint’s accounts at NCB must not be closed.
    NCB had taken the decision to close Olint’s accounts on the grounds
    that Olint did not comply with certain requests such as the filing
    of audited financial statements. The Privy Council said it was
    clearly of the view that the bank’s reasons for wanting to close the
    accounts were valid and that it was entitled to close them. This
    was the second major setback for Olint in 2008, as lawyers also were
    unable to get the courts in the Turks and Caicos to lift a freeze
    order on the scheme’s assets.



    JLP-OLINT Nexus?

    ¶4. (SBU) The OLINT saga is set to take another interesting twist, as
    a series of e-mails have emerged linking the ruling Jamaica Labour
    Party (JLP) with the floundering investment scheme. The e-mails
    ostensibly include conversations between now prominent government
    officials, JLP financiers, and OLINT functionaries during the period
    leading up to and following the closely contested 2007 general
    elections (reftel D). The e-mail chain also contains a list of
    investors which includes some of the most influential Jamaicans.
    More surprising though, is the list of financial institutions
    purporting to be either directly maintaining accounts with the high
    paying investment scheme or investing funds on behalf of their
    clients. Ironically, one of the listed companies was, and continues
    to be, the main critic of alternative investment schemes. Post will
    provide further reporting and analysis via septel.


  85. On March 12, NAS Director met with Richard Reese, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security to discuss Lewin’s rumored departure. In addition to reporting from other channels (Reftel), the NAS Director had also heard directly from two senior police officers about Lewin’s departure, said to be as early as March 30. Reese acknowledged that the Prime Minister was concerned by the lack of apparent progress towards implementation of the recommended reforms outlined in the recent JCF Strategic Review. Reese also commented that there continued to be pressure by police officers who are known ruling Jamaica Labor Party supporters to remove Lewin and appoint another JLP loyalist, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington as Commissioner. Reesestated that these officers have made it clear that they were upset because they believed that Lewin had been blocking their
    “political” promotions. Reese opined that much of the international support that the JCF was currently receiving hinged upon having a strong, incorruptible leader like Lewin at the helm. The NAS Director confirmed that Reese’s impressions were true.

    3. (C) In addition to the denial of promotions based on political stripe, under Lewin’s direction, in February, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police completed their polygraph review of senior JCF officers. It is likely that some of the officers who either objected to taking the
    exam, and/or those who failed, are also pushing for Lewin’s ouster. The first group of ten candidates was tested in late 2008, and as anticipated, nine passed. One of the surprise pass results was ACP Ellington, about whom there previously had been suspicion of police corruption. When the second group was examined, in February 2009, it was anticipated that there would be a much higher failure rate. Of the 48 officers requested to take the exam in February, only 40 consented (DCP Charles Scarlet, former head of the JCF National Intelligence Bureau was one of the refusals. It was anticipated that if he had taken the exam, he would have failed). When it came time for the second round, only 38 of the 40 showed. Of that group, only 17 passed.

    According to the Chief RCMP Liaison in Kingston, the exams were extremely thorough and were a combination of both a standard lifestyle polygraph along with a forensic examination where it was suspected that crimes had been committed. The average exam length was six to nine hours and revealed telling cultural anomalies among some officers, who admitted to extra-judicial killings, but truly believed that their actions were “justice.” In the past Lewin had indicated that for all who failed the Canadian vetting, he would sit them down, and lay out the JCF’s entire file against them and give them the opportunity to make a choice, become a police officer and uphold the law, or leave the force.

    Due to his failed leadership challenge of the PNP President, Portia Simpson Miller, Phillips has been regulated to the PNP back benches. Although no longer a PNP insider, Phillips still wields some influence and he told the Chargi that he had been instrumental recently in keeping a long-standing member of the Police Service’s Commission, Oliver Clark, on the Commission. In January when Prime Minister Golding submitted his recommended list of appointees for the Commission Clark’s name was noticeably absent. In the past, Clark has been a very active and effective member of the Commission and his retention, announced inFebruary, was welcome news.


  86. Orane quoting President Barak Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said “Never let a crisis to waste” it would be a shame for Jamaica to let this crisis go to waste as it presented the perfect opportunity to make the hard decisions and then blame it on the crisis.

    Let us keep in mind that unlike the Canadians and the Americans, the Russians are not known to have a social conscience, Zacca quipped.

    On the issue of crime, Orane said the most cost effective way to arrest the problem was to get convictions and then separate criminals from
    their assets. In this regard, the leaders thought there was an
    important role for the USG to play. Charge Heg then pointed out
    that the USG had already helped put the requisite legal framework in
    place and it was up to the GOJ to apply the laws on the books.

    Zacca also suggested that a win by Vaz should boost the confidence
    of the JLP, which is in short supply of positive news.

    A loss for the JLP would be a disaster for the country right now, Zacca continued. However, he was also quick to point out that given the challenges facing the country half the members of the PNP would not relish the idea of being in government at this time.

    Zacca was not shy about highlighting his discomfort with the PNP, which he branded as a “socialist movement”. Zacca, who represents the largest grouping of businesses in Jamaica, was particularly concerned by recent comments make by elements in the PNP, who suggested that the JLP was too close to big business.


    To: David Smith
    From: Audley Shaw (fitzalbert_2@ yahoo.com)
    David, as promised, I’m sending you the JLP Manifesto for 2007. Thanks for everything including your companionship yesterday. Regards and compliments. Audley.

  87. Under cover of the following Government of Jamaica
    Diplomatic Note No. 5/504/1 of April 6, post has received the
    below letter from Prime Minister Bruce Golding addressed to
    the President:


  88. WikiLeaks cables: Jamaica accused of aiding drug smugglers
    US embassy cables reveal claims of Jamaican officials being bribed to give drug traffickers free rein across the Caribbean

    Jamaican police search for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, in a long sought-after manhunt which US embassy staff claim was delayed because of corrupt politicians Photograph: Hans Deryk/REUTERS


  89. Bartlett was optimistic about a possible opening of the Cuban market to U.S. tourists and does not see it as a threat. He reasoned that any lessening of travel restrictions to Cuba by U.S. visitors, if it were to occur, would provide an opportunity to market joint Cuba/Jamaican packages. He admitted that the Cuban market would come with a certain mystique given the curiosity of visitors who have not been
    able to visit the island in recent history; it was once a playground for American travelers. However, he said the physical infrastructure might not be able to support tourism growth. He said he expected a short term spike in visitors that would taper off, but either way would not have a real negative impact on Jamaica.

    Bartlett said it was ironic that Jamaica was currently benefitting from a diversion of visitors from Mexico following an upsurge of drug related violence in that country. However, he said Mexico?s recent challenges are not lost on Jamaica, given the country?s own struggles with crime. ?Crime is a problem in Jamaica and we have to at least show the world that we are doing something about it,? he said.


    Ed and Carmen Bartlett, ponzi investors from Miramar, Florida, U.S.A. being GREEDY and wanting “Something for Nothing” ….how cruel to say that. from their own colleagues as well…

    Bartlett i’m sorry you lost your “investment.” BTW you get it back?

  90. Minister Bartlett, you are no FOOL so, you could always go to the other Minister’s son in RAVINIA who claims to represent Jamaicans and “do the paperwork” for the victims recovery unit.

    Ravina Refugee?

    It’s only US700 to join that con.

  91. The “gas riots” lasted for three days, crippling economic activity and hurting tourism, and only abated after the GOJ rescinded the decision. Jamaica Observer Columnist and Financial Analyst Keith Collister told emboffs that the GOJ was debating a JMD 9-10 flat tax (about USD ll cents) on a liter of gas, which now sells for as high as JMD 65 (USD 74 cents). Collister, a government sympathizer, also alluded to a possible consumption tax on electricity, and told emboffs that he had advised the GOJ to implement the gas tax in smaller tranches over the year. He said if both measures are implemented concurrently, there is likely to be rioting of the proportions seen in 1997.

    In confirming this position, Collister said that the proposal was actually accepted by Minister Without Portfolio in the Finance Ministry, Don Webhy, but apparently rejected by Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and Public Service.

    Shaw’s former personal assistant, Sidjae Robinson, told emboffs that Jamaica already was in discussions with the Fund and an early arrangement could well be a reality. She said the process should be aided by the fact that Shaw and current IMF Head, Dominique Strauss Kahn, have developed a good working relationship — Strauss Kahn visited Jamaica at the end of 2008. Courtney Williams also told emboff that internal discussions were ongoing for a possible return to the IMF, but the move was facing resistance from central bank governor Derrick Lattibeaudiere, who ironically stands to benefit (the move would help foreign exchange, interest rate and inflation problems). (Note: Although the central bank falls under the authority of Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and Public Service, the governor has traditionally operated autonomously. However, this may change if Lattibeaudiere remains at odds with Shaw on key issues like the IMF. Lattibeaudiere caused outrage among the business community earlier in the year when he took measures to raise interest rates. Robinson asked Emboffs for resumes of possible candidates with central banking experience, indicating Shaw may be looking to replace central bank governor.


  92. In his May 27 address to the Annual Conference of the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), National Security Minister Dwight Nelson defended police officers accused of official misconduct and promised to recruit lawyers for their defense, eliciting a firestorm of controversy and
    demands for an apology from a Jamaican human rights group concerned that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is sanctioning police brutality and human rights abuses. However, in a May 29 meeting with the British High Commissioner, Nelson promised to retract his inflammatory statements and make clear that police abuse would not be tolerated.

    The remarks sparked a firestorm of controversy on talk radio the following day, with the NGO Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) issuing a press release demanding that Nelson issue a retraction and apology, and that Prime Minister Bruce Golding clarify the GOJQs policy and, if necessary, demand NelsonQs resignation.

    Ironically, NelsonQs comments came the same day that Amnesty International released a damning report on police and security operations, suggesting that many of the 222 alleged police killings in 2008 were in fact unlawful and criticizing GOJ efforts to rein in police impunity, corruption and lack of accountability.

    Charge communicated with U.K. High Commission and Canadian High Commission to coordinate a response to Nelson’s statements. A trilateral demarche was considered, but Charge and High Commissioners did not want to appear to be ganging up on Nelson who was already subject to heavy public criticism.

    Nelson explained that his rhetoric was an attempt to calm an Q
    intimidating and hostileQ police federation audience that had been whipped into an antigovernment frenzy by opposition Shadow Minister for National Security Peter Bunting who spoke just prior to Nelson.

    The Chargi emphasized that failure on the part of Jamaica to continue to pursue police reform and to hold police officers accountable for abuses might jeopardize a number of operational programs the U.S. currently funds in Jamaica. Minister Baugh shared these concerns and assured the Chargi that GOJ was dealing with the statements
    internally and that the PM would likely soon issue a clarification as to GOJ policy.

    Separately, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Robert Rainford, stated that he regrets the Minister of National SecurityQs choice of language and agreed that it could be taken as license to the aberrant police officers who come from the Qshoot first, ask questions later school of policing.



    National Security Minister Dwight Nelson has withdrawn his
    May 27 statement before the annual conference of the Jamaican Police
    Federation (JPF) that seemed to reflect government tolerance of
    police misconduct. The retraction followed two days of criticism
    from human rights groups, the opposition People’s National Party,
    and the diplomatic community.

    “I unreservedly apologise…”

    In his address to the convention, Nelson had referred to police shootings as “collateral damage,” expressed sympathy for police facing legal action for official misconduct, and promised that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) would provide legal assistance
    to officers in such instances. (Reftel A)

    In his May 30 retraction, however, Nelson was contrite, noting that his remarks had “…understandably resulted in general public rebuke. On reflection, my use of the term collateral damage (sic) was unfortunate and I unreservedly apologise to the Jamaican people.”


    Nelson, a former trade unionist with no law enforcement experience, acquired his position in a Cabinet reshuffle just over a month ago. Post believes that his statements reflected his desire to ingratiate himself before a hostile audience unhappy with GOJ backtracking on a promised wage increase. Nelson had likely found that such populist rhetoric had served him well in the past when speaking to labor groups, but was unprepared for the public reaction such comments would make in this venue. His public apology likely reflects the efforts of Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding and his administration to quell the controversy and to reassert the GOJ’s commitment to the rule of law.

    Furthermore, the rapid resolution of the controversy and the GOJ’s quick response reflects favorably on the role of the media and human rights groups such as Jamaicans for Justice in drawing attention to the statements and holding GOJ accountable.


    Nelson stated that although the number of murders is down, Jamaica continues to have one of the highest per capital murder rates in the world. He attributes this to the proliferation of highly organized and internationally connected criminal entities in Jamaica. He said the gangs are involved in the trade of drugs, human trafficking, and
    extortion. He commented that gangs are responsible for 80 percent of the murders, and said he was &determined to crush these gangs.8 However, he was quick to note that major success would not be achieved overnight, and said it would take a five-year timeframe to bring crime down to an acceptable level.

    Furthermore, both Nelson and

    Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, continue to promise aggressive implementation of the Proceeds of Crime Act; however, the JCF continues to seize and forfeit criminal assets using an older instrument, the Dangerous Drugs Act, which mandates post conviction forfeiture, rather than the Proceeds of Crime Act,s pre-conviction civil forfeiture.

    Strong expressed serious disappointment with Nelson,s tentativeness. He also indicated that Nelson continues to spend an inordinate amount of time on his &other job,8 the negotiation of labor contracts for the GOJ. Nelson must find his feet soon and do more than make public pronouncements about the GOJ,s plans. The Financial Investigative Division (FID) Act awaits passage, the Anti-Crime bills continue to languish in Parliament, the management of the Financial Investigative Division has not been properly vetted, and the Police Strategic Review is in slow motion. Action, not words are what is needed from Jamaica,s third Minister of National Security since September 2007. End Comment.



    SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS. A Government of Jamaican (GOJ) delegation led by Don Wehby, Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, visited Washington the week of July 6 to intensify negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The GOJ’s failure to reach most of its economic targets for the first three months of the fiscal year is adding a sense of urgency to the negotiations. The situation is becoming so dire that in May, for the first time in over a decade, Jamaica did not generate a primary surplus; the GOJ had to borrow funds just to repay interest on its debt.

    Even as both parties engage in a war of words over IMF meetings, economic conditions continue to worsen, with the country generating a primary deficit (revenues minus recurrent expenditure net of interest
    payments) for the month of May. This is a sign that the country’s gargantuan stock of debt is becoming unsustainable amid declining output and falling revenues.

    To make matters worse, there has been a 17 percent decline in remittances for the first six months of the year. Remittances are heavily relied upon by many Jamaicans for the purchase of basic necessities such as food, rent, and education fees. This decline is expected to exacerbate worsening poverty levels. Data for the
    first two months of the 2009/10 fiscal year also shows that the fiscal deficit of USD 250 million is running well ahead of target despite a USD 38 million cut in expenditures. This is a troubling development, as it means the increased deficit is solely attributable to the underperformance in revenues, down USD 62 million. This suggests that the extent of the economic fallout was underestimated, and the entire economic framework, thus might well be questionable.

    XXXXXXXXXXXX, a senior technocrat at the Ministry of Finance, told emboffs that the GOJ did not make as much progress as it had intended in Washington, but said an IMF program had to be in place within the quarter to stem the fiscal slide.

    XXXXXXXXXXXX said the GOJ and the IMF have grave concerns about the country’s gargantuan debt stock and the attendant high interest rates. He said based on the discussions a solution must be found to this problem before an agreement can be reached. with an estimated annualized inflation rate of about 10 percent for 2009,
    real interest rates are in the region of 11 percent.

    He said the sticking point was whether an interest rate reduction could be negotiated or one would have to be imposed:

    an imposition had inherent risks, creating unease among domestic creditors, on whom the GOJ will still depend for new debt, and could initiate a run on the local currency.

    Although PM Golding has been approached by domestic creditors interested in negotiating a deal, nothing concrete has materialized to date. Last week, during a meeting the country’s domestic creditors, he stated his desire for the GOJ to reduce interest rates.

    But despite the creditors public posturing, it appears
    only U.S.-based Citibank is willing to make concessions.

    XXXXXXXXXXXX is doubtful that other financial institutions will be willing to voluntarily make the concessions needed for an interest rate deal. When asked about the magnitude of the concession being sought, XXXXXXXXXXXX suggested that even a 5 percentage point reduction would bring much needed fiscal space. The GOJ would like to have a new ceiling on debt at or near a rate of 16 percent per year in the short term and then hopefully to extract further concessions on some of the older debt sourced at rates of18 to 21 percent to bring them in line with the new debt ceiling.


  96. Government of Jamaica (GOJ) spending had to be slashed by USD 87 million. This fiscal situation triggered a second downgrade in Jamaica’s credit rating to CCC+ by Standard and Poor’s on August 5, drawing the ire of the GOJ. The economy has not been in such dire straits since the economic stagnation referred to as the “lost decade” of the 1970s.

    [Commiseration’s Mr. Wilmot “Motty’ Perkins]

    Economic Contraction, Fears of Another Lost Decade

    The BOJ’s measures have also impacted the already moribund Jamaican economy, which is estimated to have declined by a further 3.5 to 4.5 percent during the June quarter. This was the sixth consecutive quarter of decline and is the sharpest contraction in ten years. The fall off continues to be led by the Mining and Quarrying sector, as lost output from the closure of three of the country’s four bauxite plants continue to take its toll (reftel D). The stagnation in the construction industry also impacted output growth. The contraction in GDP continues against the background of weak external and domestic demand from the lingering global economic downturn. Jamaica is facing its worst economic situation since the 1970s–referred to as a “lost decade” of growth marked by economic setbacks and job losses.

    As Jamaica contemplates a return to the IMF, ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has announced a downgrade of the country’s credit ratings from B- to CCC+. This second downgrade in less than a year was based on what S and P considers Jamaica’s vulnerable fiscal
    profile, combined with difficult financing conditions, amidst a weak debt profile. The ratings agency said this could well compel the GOJ to undertake a debt exchange that could be regarded as a distressed debt exchange (default).

    Responding to the downgrade, Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and the Public Service(MFPS), stated that the ratings agency ignored the positive economic developments led by foreign exchange market stability and declining interest rates. He also emphasized that the GOJ does not intend to pursue any transaction with its creditors that could be viewed as a distressed transaction.

    PM Golding also maintained that there was absolutely no chance of Jamaica defaulting on its debt, as Jamaica was one of the few countries where the prior claim on budgetary expenditure of debt repayment were guaranteed by a provision in the Constitution.

    The S and P downgrade has dealt a major psychological blow to the already beleaguered Jamaican Labor Party (JLP)-led administration, but it might not have any material impact in the short-term, given that Jamaica has been frozen out of the private capital market. In fact, it is the investors who already hold Jamaican bonds who will most likely be affected, which could explain the outrage coming from this sector. Even if the ratings action was premature, as a starting point, the GOJ must acknowledge the fundamentals of the S and P findings–that the country has a vulnerable and precarious fiscal situation. Consequently, the downgrade, coupled with the imminent return to the IMF, should be viewed as another perfect opportunity for the PM Golding and his party to finally address the structural impediments to growth and development. Although this move will be riddled with political risks due to difficult choices, any further postponement of the pain, in order to maintain political capital, could well result in another lost decade.


  97. PetroCaribe Still Not Winning JLP Friends…

    Despite the benefits derived from the deal, the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP)-led administration appears no friendlier to the Chavez regime and its politics (Reftels D, E, F). Prime Minister Bruce Golding spoke of “cooperation8 on the energy side in the lead up to a proposed one-day visit by Chavez, part of Jamaica,s Independence Day celebration on August 6. Chavez cancelled his visit at the eleventh hour, blaming a dubious softball injury. During the proposed visit, Chavez was to have broken ground on his Simon Bolivar Cultural Center in Kingston. A few days later, Minister of Energy James Robertson was scheduled to visit his Venezuelan counterpart, but Ministry contacts told Emboffs that the trip was delayed by the Venezuelans who claimed “logistical”

    The local press did not report that Robertson had not actually visit Venezuela as planned.

    Golding said he hoped Chavez would be &sympathetic to the difficulties8 facing countries like Jamaica.

    Emboff contacts, both within the JLP and the private sector, seem to recognize that the PetroCaribe deal is addressing one of the island,s greatest needs, by alleviating some of the pressure of energy costs, but the gesture does not appear to be winning over the Jamaicans. Contacts have been quick to point out that no other country is offering oil under such favorable terms.

    When speaking about Chavez with a Ministry of Energy official, he shook his head and chuckled, &Chavez, he does love to see himself as the Father of the Caribbean.8 Most GOJ officials with whom

    Emboffs have spoken appear to view Chavez with caution, but recognize that his is currently the only country offering crucial support to the energy sector and thus do not want to jeopardize the arrangement.

    Jamaicans seem unemotional about PetroCaribe for the most part and tend to view the arrangement as merely a very favorable business relationship. The recent move by Chavez suggesting he might modify the terms of PetroCaribe would likely create more resentment among the Jamaicans instead of bringing them closer to his camp.

    Regardless of public comments made by PM Golding about &cooperation,8 prior to September, 2007, as leader of the Opposition, he was deeply suspicious of Chavez (Reftel G), and has reiterated these concerns in private discussions with Emboffs since becoming PM



    Marcia Forbes, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Energy, resigned on August 20 after serving only four months. She became PS when Minister James Robertson took over the portfolio in April from then-Minister Clive Mullings (reftel A). The PS position has yet to be filled, but the job was offered to former Financial Secretary Sharon Crooks (Reftel B). Jamaica’s energy sector is in dire need of improvement and sound guidance; a pattern of changing leadership will only further delay desperately needed reform.

    Robertson had brought Forbes, a dedicated and talented technocrat, from the Ministry of Telecommuniations to assist at the Ministry of Energy. Given the range of challenges facing the energy sector and the extensive amount of reform that is needed, it is surprising that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-led government would undergo another leadership change at the PS level, particularly as the PS recently released the NEP outlining future plans and goals. Forbes told Emboff that she was to be transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister to serve as Director General for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects. Forbes and her husband own a large multi-media company in Jamaica; she viewed the new posting as a direct conflict of interest. She resigned instead of taking the job.

    National Plan

    The 90-page NEP includes an overview of Jamaica’s energy sector and outlines seven major goals, but offers few specifics. In substance, the stated policies closely mirror those from the 2006-2020 Jamaica Energy Policy “Green Paper.”

    Notable changes from Green Paper include a decision to pursue developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure and imports, and openness to small-scale nuclear power when it becomes feasible.

    Jamaica is almost completely dependent on imported petroleum and nearly a third of the country’s installed capacity is nearly 40 years old (Reftel C). The electricity tariff allows all fuel costs to be passed on to the consumer, resulting in disincentives for production efficiency and source fuel diversification (Reftel C). The high import bill resulting from the oil prices of 2008 for the first time eclipsed export earnings.
    Jamaica’s Greenhouse Gas Intensity has been among the highest in the hemisphere, credited largely to bauxite/alumina–a sector that has nearly collaped during the current economic downturn.

    COMMENT: Although probably not the goal of the high-level publication, Robertson has set a relatively low bar for specific items for which he can be held accountable. Where the plan does get into specifics, there appear to be some conflicts, based on discussions Emboffs have had with Robertson. For example, in private meetings he indicated that Net Metering, a common policy critical to fostering distributed generation which has been talked about here for at least three years, was a “done deal;” yet, the report calls for more study. Oddly, to support the goal of increasing renewable energy, renewable energy plants that generate less than 15 megawatts are called for on a not-to-compete basis, with only those generating more than 15 megawatts requiring a competitive process, through the independent Office of Utility Regulation (OUR). Such a provision probably only serves to benefit the state-owned Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which owns the existing Wigton Wind Farm

    With a large share of the energy demand related to tourism and the increase of eco-minded tourists, it was surprising the policy did not lean more heavily on that sector through efficiency improvements, sustainable construction minimum requirements, and no/low-carbon transportation.


  99. 2009/08/25

    Despite signs of stability in the Jamaican dollar and moderating inflation, the island nation is still far from seeing post-recession green shoots. Even when an economic recovery takes hold in the United States, it will do little to pull Jamaica out of its ongoing economic malaise. Major changes are needed in the market orientation of the island and, to date, the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) seems unwilling to make the difficult choices needed to address its triple intrinsic challenges of high energy costs, high security costs, and a lack of business diversification. Furthermore, two of the three main pillars of the economy, bauxite and remittances, have suffered serious declines. Only the third pillar, tourism, has remained robust. There is cause for concern as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-led GOJ continues to muddle along and undergo changes of key personnel in the face of daunting challenges. The island appears to be one or two events away from a potentially steep and precipitous economic downward spiral. A devestating hurricane, a high profile violent incident against tourists, or the loss of PetroCaribe benefits could well be the tipping point.

    The Jamaican economy has been supported by increasing reliance on debt since the 1970s, which has led the country to become the fourth most indebted in the world. The debt-to-GDP ratio is 114 percent, and is expected to climb to 120 percent before year’s end. (NOTE: The rate was once as high as 212 percent in the 1980s, but declined during a brief period of economic growth.

    Jamaica is heavily dependant on remittances sent from the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States (53 percent) and United Kingston (19 percent). Total remittances for 2008 were USD 2.02 billion and equal to nearly 20 percent of GDP; it is these funds that help a significant number of Jamaicans to survive day to day. The money is used to pay for basics such as food and rent.

    Despite admitting that crime is a priority in nearly every public venue, the GOJ still appears to lack a clear and convincing plan for how it will tackle the island,s violent crime problem.

    Minister of National Security Dwight Nelson has spoken of &crushing the criminal gangs8 within a few years, but in reality the GOJ has been slow to use some of the legislative tools at its disposal (Reftel H).

    For example, the GOJ has promised aggressive implementation of
    the Proceeds of Crime Act, but the Jamaica Constabulary Force
    (JCF) continues to rely on an older and less robust legislative instrument to seize criminal assets. The Financial Investigative Division (FID) Act awaits passage and key Anti-Crime bills continue to languish in Parliament. Meanwhile, concerns about crime and its associated costs on business operations creates an impediment to investment on the island.

    The island appears susceptible to a potentially steep and precipitous
    economic downward spiral brought on by issues of crime and exposure in its energy sector.




    Charge’, accompanied by EmbOff, paid an introductory courtesy call on Dr. Kenneth Baugh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, on the morning of August 28. Charge’ requested assistance from Baugh on a recent dipnote regarding the extradition request for Christopher Coke, a Jamaican facing drug trafficking and conspiracy charges in the U.S. reftel).

    Baugh was non-committal, stating that he had only recently returned from Organization of American States (OAS) meetings in Honduras, but that he would review the request and proceed accordingly. Baugh recognized the Government of Jamaica (GOJ)’s responsibilities under regional and international agreements, but emphasized that GOJ must feel satisfied that the rule of law and the citizen’s due process rights are being upheld before proceeding.

    Charge’ conveyed the USG’s high level of interest in resolving this matter expeditiously and offered to provide additional information if needed.


    Baugh responded that it is a sensitive issue, and he must ensure that due process is applied.

    (Note: Christopher Coke is a wealthy, powerful area leader for the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) in the Tivoli Gardens district of Kingston; the extradition request has generated considerable publicity. End Note.)

    Baugh acknowledged the long-standing and productive relationship with the U.S. on extradition and other matters and explained that Jamaica is looking to intensify economic cooperation and trade relations. He expressed his concerns about increased drug-related violence in Jamaica as progress on the Merida Initiative in Mexico forces suppliers to look for other transshipment points into the U.S. market. He hopes that funding to combat narco-trafficking and other criminal activity would soon be available to Jamaica through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Baugh also inquired as to the arrival of the new Ambassador, predicting that she will be well received in Jamaica.

    Comment: Charge’ will continue to emphasize the importance of prompt and positive action on the USG’s extradition request with GOJ officials as appropriate.


  101. “What I did was inexcusable (but) I am not a terrible person,” convicted Olint Ponzi scheme operator David Smith told the United States District Court in Orlando yesterday while he awaited sentencing.

  102. “I also ordered the purchase of firearms and the importation of those firearms into Jamaica in furtherance of this conspiracy,” he told the court.

    Until last year Coke enjoyed protection from the ruling Jamaican Labour Party and Prime Minister Bruce Golding whose parliamentary constituency is in the Tivoli Gardens district of West Kingston, which the Shower Posse controlled.

    When Coke was first indicted in the US in 2009, Mr Golding fought his extradition, but amid growing local and international criticism, he eventually agreed.

    “I’m pleading guilty because I am guilty,” he told the Manhattan court. He will be sentenced on December 8.




    The U.S. request to extradite a powerful “Don” with close ties to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has presented Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding’s Government with a dangerous dilemma: the requested extradition could spark violent incidents, ignite rivalries among competing gang factions, and unleash a challenge to the state and to Golding’s own influence in West Kingston and beyond. The Mayor of Kingston warns of “severe repercussions” and “collateral damage.” His fears are not unfounded. End Summary and Analysis.

    The Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Desmond Anthony McKenzie, requested to meet with EmbOff on September 1 to discuss an “urgent” matter; the private meeting was held in his downtown office. The Mayor began by stating pointedly that the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) faced a serious crisis because of Washington’s request for the extradition of Christopher Coke to stand trial on narcotics and firearms charges in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (reftels A,B). He predicted that there would be “severe repercussions” and “collateral damage” if Coke were arrested, and that this would “risk destroying everything the Government was trying to do on the economy and crime.”

    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.”

    McKenzie then asked if there were any room for further discussions with U.S. officials. EmbOff replied by reiterating that the U.S. expected Jamaica to honor its obligations under the Extradition Treaty, and considered this a case of great importance; however, the Embassy would convey the Mayor’s assessment and inquiry to Washington. McKenzie concluded by observing that his views were not only an assessment, but accurately portrayed the “grim picture of the reality we face.”

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

    Coke’s gang provides social and welfare services and turns out the JLP vote in elections, while his business interests profit from lucrative Government contracts.

    Analysis: a desperate Mayor, a nervous capital city
    ——————————————— ——-

    McKenzie’s fears are not unfounded: Coke’s wealth, power, and influence are pervasive, and his sudden removal could spark violent incidents and/or unleash rivalries among competing gang factions in Kingston, Spanish Town, and Montego Bay. 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.

    Local media have focused on the difficult challenge facing the JLP Government in extraditing Coke, but no one (aside from his prospective attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson) seriously maintains his innocence. The “Observer” newspaper, generally sympathetic to the JLP, maintained in an editorial of August 30: “They say he’s a ‘Don,’ a good man who has kept many bellies in Tivoli Gardens full over the years. That may be so, but it cannot be the basis on which to resist an extradition request. We must, as a civilized, democratic society, be prepared to stand or fall with the systems of justice to which our Government has subscribed, bellyful or no bellyful.” A Sept. 1 editorial in the “Gleaner” newspaper (generally more sympathetic to the opposition People’s National Party), referred to: “the dilemma faced by the Golding administration ) a concern that an attempt to extradite someone whom a community views as benefactor could unleash a challenge to the state and to the JLP’s and Mr. Golding’s own influence in West Kingston. And perhaps elsewhere,” but concluded: “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.”


  104. Political party financing – Time to stop those who pay the piper

    I remind you of a simple saying which I am sure all of us have heard — and may even have repeated — “He who pays the piper calls the tune” Putting it bluntly and somewhat crudely, all over the democratic world the wealthy few too often “pay” the piper — the politician and the bureaucrat — with favours, with money, property and benefits. They then call the tune, they exercise disproportionate power and derive disproportionate benefit from the authorities.

    When this situation goes unchecked, as in Jamaica, is it any wonder that so little actually gets down to the majority, to provide services for communities, to help the vulnerable and to empower the disadvantaged?

    The challenge takes many forms — how to get the rich to pay their fair share of taxes when they are the very ones who exercise disproportionate influence on policy makers, on those who make and enforce tax laws, and, very often, they own the media and are able to shape public agenda and even public opinion in their favour.

    First of all, a limit must be placed on how much any individual or organisation can give to a political party, a political candidate or election campaign. In other words, a cap must be put on how much any piper can be paid give.

    Second, not any and everybody should be permitted to contribute to political parties, to political candidates and to campaigns. The ECJ proposes, and the JCSC and I agree, that “unregulated financial organisations”, like OLINT and Cash Plus, and so many others which still function, must be banned from making contributions to parties and to campaigns.

    Similarly, it is proposed that foreign governments or their agencies be banned. I would propose that foreign companies like Trafigura or Mabey and Johnson should be added to the list of banned donors.

    But make no ghost fool you, there is, as you would expect, much opposition from these who now, and for so many years gone, have paid the piper and have benefited from calling the tune. Equally, even those who now support shall weaken, even abandon ship, unless we the public make our voices heard and demand that:

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Political-party-financing—Time-to-stop-those-who-pay-the-piper_9577354#ixzz1WyLTHXFu

  105. Where were the diplomatic notes that should have been exposed by WikiLeaks, or was it that his excesses were unnoticed, or fit the then strategy of the world’s superpowers?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Natural-or-man-made–how-frail-we-are_9576481#ixzz1WyOGT66G

  106. 2009/09/04

    Peter Bunting, Member of Parliament and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Spokesperson on National Security, praised the USG’s August 30 request that Christopher “Dudus” Coke be extradited to stand trial on federal drug charges. Describing Prime Minister (PM) Golding’s position as “between a rock and a hard place,” Bunting affirmed the PNP’s “unequivocal” support for Coke’s extradition. Nevertheless, Bunting was critical of Golding’s handling of the affair and intimated that some within the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) might prefer that Coke be assassinated rather than extradited to stand trial.

    Organized Crime “Corrosive” To Jamaican Democracy

    In a September 2 introductory meeting with Embassy Kingston’s new CDA, accompanied by EmbOff, Bunting described the nexus between organized crime and political power, as evidenced in the Coke extradition request, as the most pressing political problem facing Jamaica. According to Bunting, the prevalence and pervasiveness of organized crime in Jamaica threatens democracy and corrupts law enforcement. Describing organized crime’s influence on Jamaican society as “corrosive,” Bunting related how the gangland-style murders five of his campaign workers [BTW OLINT$ Smitty] prior to the 2007 general election depressed voter turnout in his constituency and nearly cost him his seat in Parliament. Although Bunting acknowledged that the PNP had its own ties to organized crime figures, he described the relationship between Coke and the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as much closer and more insidious.

    “Dudus” Controversy Grips Jamaica

    Coke, the notorious “don” and leader of the “Shower Posse” that controls the violent West Kingston garrison community of Tivoli Gardens, has been indicted in the U.S. Southern District in New York on charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, marijuana and firearms (Reftel A). Although the diplomatic note requesting Coke’s extradition was submitted to the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) on August 26, the GOJ has yet to issue a formal response despite CDA’s request in a meeting with Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh (Reftel B). In fact, in a separate meeting between EmbOff and the JLP Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Desmond Anthony McKenzie warned of “severe repercussions” and “collateral damage” if the request was not rescinded (Reftel C).

    While the extradition request has been the subject of considerable media coverage and public debate, the GOJ has yet to issue a formal response to the request and it remains “under review” by Solicitor General Douglas Leys.

    With no effective civil authority within the garrisons, “dons” cement their rule by distributing cash, clothing, and school supplies to poor
    garrison residents ) financed by drug profits ) while maintaining some degree of order in the lawless communities.

    As a result, many Jamaicans have rallied to Coke’s defense, describing him as a community leader and Samaritan while deriding Golding and the GOJ for jeopardizing Jamaica’s sovereignty by acceding to U.S. pressure. Nevertheless, Bunting claimed that there is a silent majority in Jamaica that would like to see Coke and his ilk extradited and imprisoned, but are afraid to say so publicly.

    Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Bunting was critical of Golding’s handling of the Coke affair, noting that the GOJ should have had Coke arrested and turned over to U.S. authorities as soon as they learned of the extradition request so as to minimize the political fallout. By equivocating, the GOJ appears indecisive and has allowed Coke the opportunity to leave the tonier neighborhoods of north Kingston where he owns at least one home ) and where he would be more easily taken into custody ) and instead to sequester himself in the Tivoli Gardens garrison community where the GOJ has no effective law enforcement presence. Although Bunting believes that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) could extricate Coke from Tivoli Gardens with U.S. law enforcement assistance and technological expertise, doing so might entail civilian casualties and result in widespread civil unrest.

    Bunting described the Coke affair as the greatest political challenge of the JLP’s two years in power, while Golding’s inaction indicated a lack of leadership and a “failure of political will.” Although apparently not close to Coke personally, Golding is the Minister of Parliament (MP) representing the West Kingston constituency in which Tivoli Gardens is located.

    (NOTE: Bunting noted that the alliances between political parties and garrison crime syndicates are purely utilitarian, not ideological or based on political convictions. END NOTE

    More immediately, Golding’s position as the leader of the JLP might be threatened by a Coke extradition as well. Bunting told EmbOff that, if arrested, Coke has threatened to “squeal” on those within the JLP and the GOJ with ties to organized crime. If true, Golding is certainly under considerable pressure from within the JLP to find some pretense on which to refuse the U.S.’s extradition request.

    In fact, Bunting speculated openly that the seemingly intractable political problem might be solved for everyone through Coke’s untimely death. Coke surely suspects as much ) his own father and predecessor as leader of the “Shower Posse,” “Jim Brown”, died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody in Kingston in 1992.

    Although critical of the JLP’s handling of the current economic crisis and the caliber of some GOJ ministers ) he referred openly to Finance Minister Audley Shaw as “incompetent” )


    Bunting nevertheless was doubtful that the PNP could regain power were Golding to call a snap election in the next several months. While still popular with the business community, Bunting believes that the JLP is steadily losing credibility with the general public and that it would be preferable for the PNP to wait until the next general
    election, which must be held before September 2012.

    Bunting’s Conclusion and Analysis

    Jamaica’s political landscape has clearly been roiled by the Coke extradition request, and the JLP-led government appears unable or unwilling to address the issue directly. Confronted by mounting labor unrest (Reftel D), a crushing debt burden (Reftel E), and an economy in the doldrums (Reftel F), Golding could have done without an extradition crisis and he has few attractive options from which to choose. To refuse the extradition request and allow Coke to remain free would make a laughingstock of the JLP’s anti-crime platform, jeopardize U.S. development and law enforcement assistance programs, and allow Golding’s opponents to portray him as cowardly and unwilling to stand up to the criminal elements that support the JLP.

    On the other hand, if Golding were to acquiesce to the extradition request and attempt to take Coke into custody, one of two outcomes might result. A JCF assault of Tivoli Gardens in whichCoke were taken into custody might result in widespread destruction, civilian casualties, and civil unrest that could spread throughout Kingston or even across the island, while Coke’s subsequent trial could implicate and embarrass a number of high-ranking JLP officials. Alternately, a JCF operation that failed to
    capture Coke would allow the JLP’s rivals to portray Golding’s government as incompetent and ineffective. Either outcome would raise questions within the electorate as to the JLP’s competence and judgment.

    Nevertheless, in the face of U.S. insistence that the GOJ live up to its treaty obligations, the Coke affair offers Golding an opportunity to demonstrate resolute leadership by standing up to the criminal syndicates that have for decades dominated Jamaican politics, compromised political parties, corrupted law enforcement, and fomented the island’s spiraling murder and crime rates.

    How Golding [Brady, Manatt and the Gang]will respond to that opportunity [Is now absolutely clear to all with the exception of the Commissioners of the Enquiry] remains unclear.

    Predictably the Commissioners and the gang took the low road..

    No second guessing necessary with them…

  107. Dudus’ Plea: A Bargain For Jamaica

    Ian Boyne, Contributor

    We had for too long been in denial about Tivoli. And even today, some, like my good friend, Lloyd D’Aguilar, are still in fantasy land about Tivoli; though, happily, he has been abandoned there by one-time resident Mark Wignall, who has seen the light. The fact of the matter is, if Tivoli had not been invaded and Coke’s headquarters degraded, with occupying security presence, the convicted criminal don would not be in a New York jail today, but his robust criminal enterprise would still be in existence carrying out its murderous reign.

    Organisation smashed

    It is not only good that Coke is out of Tivoli, but that his criminal organisation has been smashed. Had those criminals in Tivoli still been allowed to control the territory; had they not been routed in that battle, that centre of terror would be in place today. Any atrocities carried out by the security forces there are reprehensible and should be punished, as I have written before, but I have no tears for the destruction of that criminal enterprise which was headquartered there.

    Dudus had grown into a monster who could not be tamed. He was bigger than the politicians. They were expendable to him. In fact, they had become a mutual liability.

    But let’s face it: For a long time we just did not have the hard evidence against this man, and no witness would be foolish and suicidal enough to come forward in any court to testify against him. (High praises to Peter Phillips and his much-maligned but much-needed Memoranda of Understanding, which I had backed earlier.) We have little Duduses here today who are getting away with bloody murder (literally), but our legal system is impotent to deal with them, while human rights activists seek to put more obstacles in the way.

    I have consistently been tough on crime, wherever it emanates. This country has been too ambivalent on this issue. But thank God for the Americans. And the best is yet to come.

    That Dudus did a plea bargain is a grand bonus for Jamaica. We don’t need to hear the evidence against him in a trial. We know what he is made of. What we need to hear are the names of those who conspired with him, those who assisted him, those who gave him succour. That’s what we are eager to hear and what we hope Uncle Sam will help us to find out very, very soon.

    The Americans will know how to ferret out the truth from any malicious information concocted to hurt those who did not help him. He has to give good information. If indeed some of our so-called honourable politicians, businessmen and security officers are common criminals, it would be a good day for Jamaica if they were indicted. Let the chips fall where they may.

    May the Lord strengthen Dudus’ singing voice. Bless his voice, Lord! If he does not even sound melodic, we will listen to the words, not the voice, as they say. Sing your heart and soul out, Dudus, so that those who have sold us out to criminality and shame can come out of the shadows into the blinding light of justice.


    Re: What is a wagonist?

    It’s Jamaica’s term for a Fair weather fan.
    The types of fans that praise the team when they win, but disown them and curse them when they lose.

    They basically jump on the “Bandwagon” when the team is riding high. and hop off when we are going downhill.



    SEPTEMBER 8th 2009 8:54 P.M.

    Audrey Marks, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paymaster (Jamaica) Ltd. and a close advisor to Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding, met with the CDA at Embassy Kingston on September 8, 2009, to deliver a message from the PM regarding the USG’s August 26 extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke on drug and weapon trafficking charges.

    [Audrey Marks also counts ballot boxes for David Smith]

    [Better Future now David?]

    Speaking for the PM, Marks said that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) would be taking “some” action “soon” against Coke, but urged the USG not to publicly pressure the GOJ into action. Marks also relayed that the GOJ would announce her appointment as Ambassador to the United States in November. End Summary.

    ——————————————— ——
    Marks relayed that the PM and the GOJ were very concerned about the Coke affair and were committed to acting “positively” to the U.S.’s extradition request, but no timetable was offered. Through Marks, the PM sought clarification as to how “patient” the USG would be in allowing the GOJ time to apprehend and turn Coke over to USG authorities. Marks also relayed the PM’s request for USG “logistical support” in Coke’s arrest and extradition, while requesting that the USG not apply additional pressure to the PM by publicly demanding prompt action.

    As suggested Reftels, the PM is very concerned about the prospects for social unrest in downtown Kingston once Coke is taken into custody.

    Marks communicated that the PM was surprised by the extradition request, although the CDA reiterated that the PM had been fully briefed on the impending extradition request by the former U.S. Ambassador several months ago.

    The PM is committed to good governance and the maintenance of law and order, Marks emphasized, although she admitted that the Coke extradition request had been particularly problematic for the GOJ.

    The CDA stressed to Marks how important it is to the USG that the GOJ observe its treaty obligations and cooperate in Coke’s extradition.

    Normally such extradition requests are executed within two to three weeks of the issuance of a diplomatic note. The CDA emphasized the USG’s expectation that the GOJ will not refuse the extradition request on a technicality that had not been cited in similar extradition requests.

    CDA also noted that the extradition request on an earlier indictment for Mark Clark had not been acted upon. He expressed his hope that inaction would not be the norm for extradition requests.

    Marks To Be Appointed Ambassador to U.S.
    Additionally, Marks disclosed that she would be
    appointed Ambassador to the United States in November 2009.
    The current ambassador, Anthony Johnson, would be appointed
    High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.


    Two days after September 6th 2009 and no mention that Manatt was engaged? No mention to Emboff that dilly dally was planned through the back door in Washington for $400,000?


    Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding advised CDA that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) would not comply with the USG’s extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke on “technical grounds” and that a dipnote to that effect is being prepared (Reftel A). During a later telephone conversation with the CDA, Foreign Minister (FM) Kenneth Baugh clarified that the dipnote will not be a refusal to comply with the extradition treaty but a request for additional information.

    News of the noncompliance of the extradition request will likely hit the media soon after the dip note is released, and post requests guidance as to how to proceed. Post proposes a statement that confirms receipt of the GOJ’s dip note, acknowledges that the request was denied and the USG’s disappointment, and states that the USG will study the dipnote in greater detail before making further comment. Post awaits receipt of dip note scheduled for Friday, September 18, or early next week.

    GOJ To Deny Coke Extradition On “Technical Grounds”

    ——————————————— ——

    In a very cordial September 18 introductory meeting with CDA, Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding raised a number of issues of concern to the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) and the Caribbean region, several of which he said Foreign Minister (FM) Kenneth Baugh plans to address in his September 25th meeting with SecState at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). After two years in office, Golding was reflective and noted that the challenges his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had dealt with were greater than he’d anticipated, especially on the economic front.

    The PM acknowledged the receipt of the August 26 dipnote requesting the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke on drug and weapons conspiracy charges, but stated that he had been recently advised by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) that the request would not be honored at this time on “technical grounds.” The PM was not aware of the complete details of the pending action, but said that the MOJ had concluded that the names of the confidential witnesses cited in the indictment, one of whom claims to be an employee of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), should have been included in the extradition packet so that the MOJ might corroborate the allegations against Coke.

    Despite the CDA’s reminder of the importance of a positive response to the USG’s request, as well as the fact that the Coke extradition request had followed the same format as several others that the GOJ had not questioned on similar grounds, the PM gave no indication that the decision not to comply with the request might be reconsidered. The PM said that the USG could expect a formal response via dipnote by Friday, September 18 or early the following week.

    Golding expressed deep concern over Jamaica’s tourism industry and the island’s image among U.S. and Canadian tourists. He pointed out that most of the nation’s crime problems are centralized in the downtown Kingston area and that tourists are rarely victims of serious crime. The PM was familiar and unhappy with the USG’s negative description of Jamaica’s safety, security, and crime environment on the Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage. CDA commented that travel language is reviewed and updated on a regular basis and that the embassy very much looked forward to the time when the security situation in Jamaica will have improved.

    News of the denial of the extradition request will likely hit the media soon after the dipnote is released; Post requests guidance as to how to proceed. Post proposes a statement that confirms receipt of the GOJ’s dip note, acknowledges that the request was denied and the USG’s disappointment, and states that the USG will study the dipnote in greater detail before making further comment.




    The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) has responded to the USG’s request for the extradition of reputed “Don” Christopher Coke, to face charges in New York of trafficking in drugs and firearms, with a diplomatic note (transmitted septel) requesting additional information. The GoJ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs stresses that the timing of the request is “extremely delicate” because of the economic crisis facing the country; the GoJ will have to carefully “review the situation” and adopt “measures to address the social consequences,” weighing the “implications for stability,” and recognizing that “unrest is possible.”

    The Government of Jamaica (GoJ)’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, summoned ChargC) to a private meeting on the morning of Sept. 18; Baugh was accompanied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (MFAFT)’s Minister of State Dr. Ronald Robinson, Permanent Secretary Amb. Evadne Coye, and Under-Secretary for Bilateral and Regional Affairs Amb. Paul Robotham. Baugh began by saying that, based on input from the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, the MFAFT was preparing a diplomatic note in reply to the U.S. extradition request for Christopher Coke (reftel A); MFAFT’s note would be ready within a few minutes. He then said he hoped that communications between the GoJ and USG could be treated confidentially, and that no public statements would be made.

    ChargC) thanked Baugh for the chance to meet and for the good overall relationship between the USA and Jamaica, and then
    reemphasized the importance attached by the USG and the Embassy to
    this extradition request. The USG appreciated the 15-20 years of
    consistency in effective implementation of the Extradition Treaty,
    and was disappointed that the GoJ had stretched out this particular
    request so long. The USG had worked judiciously with various
    levels of the GoJ to ensure the bona fides of the request, and had
    been candid in explaining what was happening and how. Therefore,
    we had been perplexed by the GoJ’s expressions of “surprise” and
    questions regarding the bona fides of the request. We were not
    suggesting that the GoJ should not ensure that the request meets
    the standards of due process; however, in light of the care taken,
    we were disappointed with the progress to date. We understood that
    the GoJ would request that confidential witnesses be named in the
    request; Baugh confirmed that this was one of the technical
    problems which would be delineated in the GoJ’s forthcoming
    diplomatic note (septel). ChargC) pointed out that Footnote No. 1
    of the request had addressed this issue; we therefore viewed this
    objection as problematic. The USG had given the GoJ the first
    indications that this extradition request would be forthcoming over
    two months ago, and had sought the GoJ’s counsel at every turn.

    Baugh then said that he had no details of whatever
    consultations may have taken place before the date of delivery of
    the extradition request. He then said that, in any event, the
    timing of the request was “extremely delicate” because of the
    economic crisis facing Jamaica; the GoJ would have to carefully
    “review the situation” and adopt “measures to address the social
    consequences,” weighing the “implications for stability,”
    recognizing that “unrest is possible.” Current economic conditions
    made this extradition request “politically difficult.” He noted

    that the Cabinet had met three times in the last week in an effort
    to meet the IMF’s conditions for assistance to Jamaica. The
    economy had lost 30-40,000 jobs in the current recession, and
    remittances were in decline. This extradition had “special
    significance” in light of the poverty and economic crises
    experienced by Jamaica in the 1970s and 80s; the formal economy had been unable to offer jobs, and therefore many marginalized
    Jamaicans had been forced to turn to the informal economy to
    survive. Over this period, Jamaica had become a “channel” for
    illegal drugs in high demand in North America and Europe; Jamaica
    was “at the mercy” of Latin America and North America, but “we
    still cooperate” with the USA, even though our people are
    “vulnerable” and drugs/arms trafficking had become “embedded.”

    The Caribbean Basis Initiative had been conceived as a “mini-Marshall Plan” for the region, but when the Caribbean was not included in NAFTA, the region had “lost ground.” Coke was not just a “drug kingpin;” he was a powerful figure embedded in critical
    socio-economic needs of many Jamaicans. Something of aMexican
    standoff had evolved: if Coke were arrested, this might be perceived as unjust by many Jamaicans, resulting in an uproar which could end up destabilizing the country.

    ChargC) said he knew the case was not an easy one, and
    recognized the challenges; nevertheless, the U.S. position was that
    the GoJ must honor the provisions of the Extradition Treaty. The
    USG was concerned that whole communities had become dependent on the trafficking of drugs and firearms. If Coke were not extradited, this would set a dangerous precedent for possible
    future extradition requests; the USA-Jamaica partnership rested not
    just on dealing with easy cases, but difficult ones, as well. The
    U.S. expected no differences in the steps for handling this particular request. It would be problematic to end this discussion thinking that the GoJ would not adhere to treaty provisions due simply to the social/economic/political concerns that might apply to individual cases..

    Baugh then said that the GoJ’s first concern was with the
    security of the country; therefore, it must manage the extradition
    process carefully, making sure that “everything is on track.” Many
    Jamaicans had been denied basic necessities by the “circumstances of birth,” and the GoJ must “establish equity.” In many ways, Jamaica was reaping the results of what was happening in the U.S. and UK. He then said he was happy to work with the U.S. and Secretary Clinton on regional programs to advance the security and economy of the Caribbean. The GoJ wanted to cooperate fully, and was committed to honor the Extradition Treaty – but in ways that “can avoid destabilizing the country.”

    ChargC) then noted that a failure to extradite Coke would
    represent “a serious step backward.” One of the reasons for
    security concerns in Jamaica’s “garrison” communities was precisely because Coke and others were importing firearms and trafficking drugs. ChargC) asked whether the GoJ took the position that extradition treaty provisions only applied to lesser criminals;
    Baugh replied that anyone found guilty should be dealt with
    according to law, and then noted that the “technical aspects” of
    the Extradition Treaty must be decided by the Solicitor General and
    Ministry of Justice, bearing in mind the GoJ’s duty to ensure that
    the rights of individual citizens were protected. ChargC) then
    pointed out that several years ago the Jamaican courts had ruled
    that there was no requirement that extradition requests name
    witnesses. Baugh said he would be surprised if the Solicitor
    General and Ministry of Justice were unfamiliar with the court’s
    previous rulings vis-C -vis extradition requests. Baugh then raised
    concerns over a recent lawsuit by a Jamaican who had been
    extradited to the USA, filed on the grounds that extradition
    procedures had not been followed properly. ChargC) noted that a
    number of extradition requests in which witnesses had not been
    named had been successfully processed by the GoJ; the U.S. was
    disappointed that the GoJ had not moved more expeditiously and
    positively in the Coke case, but would continue to look for ways to
    move forward.

    Baugh then again inquired about the possibility of keeping
    all communications between the USG and GoJ confidential.. ChargC) assured Baugh that he would continue to alert the GoJ regarding any anticipated USG press releases, but noted that he had no control over what other agencies of the USG may release in the USA. Baugh then noted that the publicity to date surrounding the extradition request had “created disadvantages.” He then asked how word of the extradition request had ended up in the public domain. ChargC) noted that he was equally surprised to see press reports about the extradition request only one day after the diplomatic note had been delivered to the MFAFT. ChargC) noted that the Embassy could not commit to issuing no statements to the press until we had had time to review the GoJ’s diplomatic note. ChargC) also advised Baugh that, during his upcoming visit to New York, he may receive a call from A/S Shannon expressing USG interest in the extradition case.

    Baugh then expressed hopes for continued cooperation and
    friendship between Jamaica and the USA, and asked that Washington keep in mind that Jamaica’s small economy loses 80% of its human capital to North America and the UK, and got criminal deportees in return, saying “we’re victims, not the cause” of crime, and calling the relationship “asymmetrical.” ChargC) responded that the U.S. wanted to remain a good partner, and by pointing out:

    — recent statements by Secretary Clinton and President Obama
    acknowledging that the U.S. demand for illegal drugs was a critical
    component of the drug problem;

    — the need for both societies to take advantage of opportunities
    to remove elements of crime and violence;

    — and the importance of confidence in the rule-of-law in
    attracting international investors and tourists to Jamaica;

    ChargC) concluded by wishing the Foreign Minister a pleasant and
    successful visit to New York for the UNGA.


  111. One gets the feeling they are always worried about the public having information. like they want to close down information.

  112. British High Commissioner Discusses COKE Extradition Request
    with Prime Minister Golding


    British High Commissioner (HC) Jeremy Cresswell requested a meeting with CDA Parnell to discuss the High Commissioner’s recent discussion with Prime Minister Golding. The High Commissionernoted that he took the opportunity to tell the Prime Minister of his government’s high interest in the timely resolution of the USG’s extradition request. He was surprised that Prime Minister did not tell him that the extradition case was not of interest to the HC and allowed him to state the HC’s expectation regarding the importance of GOJ adherence to signed agreements between two states. He said that the PM told him that the GOJ had provided an initial response to the extradition request and that it was now up to the USG to respond. The PM did not say that a USG response would result in a prompt extradition.

    Comment: The High Commissioner has expressed a strong interest in this case since the extradition request hit the press and has let the GOJ know that its response to the request is of high interest to the High Commission. Given that the PM is now claiming that the GOJ awaits a response from the USG, it is very important that a response to its 18 September diplomatic note be forwarded as soon as possible.

    We look forward to a request of a draft response for Embassy review and comment.


  113. “Jamaica, however, is unable to understand the real concerns of the United States in not wishing to divulge the names of the witnesses in light of its own witness protection service and the fact that persons and associates under the control of drug organizations could launch an attack on witnesses after disclosure is made at trial.”

    Dorothy Lightbourne.

    “Retaliation against witnesses is most likely in cases of murder.”

    Dorothy Lightbourne.

    [Dorothy what you mean by “murder?” You mean like murder with a chainsaw Dorothy?]

    Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke tells US court: ‘I’m pleading guilty because I am’


    1. (C) On October 30, CDA received the following diplomatic note,
    dated October 30, from the Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne
    of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ):

    (Begin text of MOJ DIP NOTE)

    Re: Request for extradition of Christopher Coke

    I have the honour of addressing your Excellency on behalf of the
    Government of Jamaica. I refer to the above captioned matter. I
    have carefully considered your response dated October 2, 2009. In
    accordance with Article IX of the treaty I will require further
    information and comments as set out hereunder before I can properly
    consider the request as required by the provisions of the Treaty
    and domestic legal requirements.

    (a) Interference with witnesses is not a new situation.
    It is not unique to the United States. It is a tool used by
    criminal individuals and organizations to frustrate the process of
    justice. Jamaica is not only aware of it but has encountered it
    and we have introduced a system of witness protection to ensure
    that criminals do not secure their acquittal by eliminating
    witnesses. Jamaica recognizes however, that it must balance the
    public interest with the right of every accused to know his
    accuser. In our jurisdiction the prosecution must disclose the
    statements of all witnesses to the defence before trial. Jamaica
    recognizes the assurance given by the United States that Mr. Coke
    will have the right to confront all witnesses in court. Jamaica,
    however, is unable to understand the real concerns of the United
    States in not wishing to divulge the names of the witnesses in
    light of its own witness protection service and the fact that
    persons and associates under the control of drug organizations
    could launch an attack on witnesses after disclosure is made at
    trial. Jamaica notes that in the recent case of Davion Parson who
    was indicted for three counts of First Degree Murder, the names of
    the witnesses were disclosed. Retaliation against witnesses is
    most likely in cases of murder.

    (b) Jamaica notes that the question has not been answered.
    The question Jamaica wishes to have answered is whether the
    co-operating witnesses are being charged jointly with Christopher
    Coke as the evidence in their affidavits suggests that they should
    be so charged.

    (c) Jamaica notes that the answer to this question is a
    qualified yes. It would be of assistance if we had a definitive
    answer. However, since your answer implies that the statements of
    the co-operating witnesses were not submitted to the Grand Jury,
    Jamaica is requesting a copy of the evidence which was presented
    before the Grand Jury and which formed the basis for the

    (d) In the absence of an unqualified yes to the question
    at (c) an answer to the question at (d) is required.

    (e) This request is now incorporated at paragraph (c).

    (f) Jamaica wishes confirmation that as regards the
    charge of conspiracy contained in count one of the indictment no
    scientific analysis of the substance alleged to be marijuana and
    cocaine was done and a certificate placed before the Grand Jury.

    (g) Jamaica is aware of the contents of the affidavit of
    co-operating witness 2. However we are asking for corroboration of
    that evidence from the records of the immigration authorities in
    the United States.

    (h) Jamaica notes the assertion of the United States that
    Mr. Coke has not been designated by the executive of the United
    States as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to
    the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. However on August
    28, 2009 the US Drug Enforcement Administration issued a News
    Release under the name of Erin Mulvey, Public Information Officer.
    This release is captioned – “Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges
    Jamaica-Based Drug Kingpin with Narcotics and Firearms Trafficking
    Crimes” and it is concerned with Mr. Coke. It states, inter alia,
    “Coke leads an international criminal organization known as the
    “Shower Posse,” with members in Jamaica, the United States, and
    other countries – which he has led since the early 1990s. At
    COKE’s direction and under his protection, members of his criminal
    organization sell marijuana and crack cocaine in the New York area
    and elsewhere, and send the narcotics proceeds back to COKE and his
    co-conspirators. COKE and his co-conspirators also arm the
    organization with illegally trafficked firearms. COKE has been
    named by the U.S. Department of Justice to the list of Consolidated
    Priority Organization Targets (“CPTOTs”) which includes the world’s
    most dangerous narcotics kingpins”.

    Jamaica wishes to know why is the DEA referring to
    Mr. Coke as a narcotics kingpin if he has not been so designated by
    the executive of the United States?

    As regards Jamaica’s concern that details of the
    request were passed to unauthorized persons the United States
    asserts that the information regarding this request was shared with
    officers of the Jamaican Government. We wish to be informed of the
    names of the officers of the Jamaican Government with whom the
    information was shared. This is of serious concern to the Jamaican

    We note that witness John Doe states that telephone
    calls by and to Mr. Coke were intercepted by him, he being a member
    of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. The information gathered during
    the monitoring of these calls has been used as evidence on which
    the indictment is founded. Jamaica wishes to know whether the
    information was obtained by the United States in accordance with
    the treaty between Jamaica and the United States on Mutual Legal
    Assistance in criminal matters and in accordance with the
    provisions of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act.

    Jamaica wishes the United States to disclose the
    name of the witness “John Doe” who states that he is a serving
    member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Jamaica notes that there
    should be no concern about interference with this witness.

    We look forward to receiving the above mentioned
    information which will enable me to expedite my deliberations so as
    to fully comply with my obligations under the treaty and Jamaican
    law. Should you have any queries in relation to the above please
    do not hesitate to contact me.

    (End Text)

    ¶2. (C) Comment: Regrettably, this request for additional
    information was not unexpected and was repeated on several
    prominent talk radio programs last week. It appears that the GOJ
    is looking for reasons to justify its inaction on the extradition
    requests and underscores its belief that action might result in
    significant social, political, and economic unrest, particularly in
    the Tivoli Gardens area of Kingston. End Comment.


  115. DECEMBER 3, 2009


    1.(C) The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) requests “technical legal
    discussions” with the USG regarding the Mutual Legal Assistance
    Treaty (MLAT) in reference to the U.S. request for the extradition
    of Christopher Michael Coke to face narcotics and firearms
    smuggling charges in New York, and in reference to future
    extradition requests. In Post’s estimate, this is a delaying
    tactic: Coke’s power in Tivoli Gardens and elsewhere in the
    country, and influence over Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s ruling
    Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), are deeply entrenched. The GoJ
    understandably fears bloodshed and civil unrest if he were
    arrested. Post recommends that DOS and DOJ comply with the GoJ’s
    request to hold direct discussions regarding the applicability
    provisions of the bilateral MLAT in the Coke extradition request.
    The GoJ’s Solicitor General has indicated to Charge’ that he is
    willing to travel to Washington for consultations. End Summary,
    Analysis, and Recommendation.

    2.(C) Per reftel (A), Charge’ delivered the USG response to the
    Government of Jamaica (GoJ)’s Minister of Justice Dorothy
    Lightbourne’s October 30 letter (reftel D) during a private meeting
    with her, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Dr.
    Kenneth Baugh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
    (MFAFT) Permanent Secretary Amb. Evadne Coye, and Solicitor General
    Douglas Leys, held at MFAFT the morning of December 1. Charge’
    reiterated that the USG had been completely above board in pursuing
    the Coke extradition request: the former U.S. Ambassador had
    advised the Prime Minister in 2007 that the case was under
    investigation and that an extradition request could be forthcoming,
    and USG law enforcement officials had coordinated closely and
    extensively with officials of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)
    and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) prior to the request.
    While the U.S. had many good programs and initiatives ongoing in
    Jamaica, the Coke extradition request was by far the most
    important bilateral law enforcement issue and is receiving
    widespread attention among USG agencies. The request had been
    handled in accordance with the Extradition Treaty; all required
    information had been provided. The USG recognized that the Treaty
    allowed the GoJ to request additional information, and we had been
    as forthcoming as practicable; however, the questions raised to
    date by the GoJ should more properly be considered following Mr.
    Coke’s arrest, in the course of an extradition hearing in which
    his attorneys could contest the content of the request. The USG
    recognized that this particular extradition request would not be
    easy to implement, but that the USG expected compliance, as had
    been the practice in prior extradition requests. However, as a
    good partner, the USG offered to assist in any way. Charge’ noted
    that he had arrived in Jamaica on August 18, and the extradition
    had been requested on August 20; the USG was disappointed with the
    lack of progress to date.

    3.(C) Minister Baugh expressed concern that the GoJ must follow due
    legal process in handling extradition requests. Noting that he was
    not a legal technician, Baugh then asked Solicitor General Leys to
    explain the GoJ’s position. Leys began by noting that this was not
    the best forum for technical legal questions, as USG attorneys
    were not present, and the GoJ “fears that the matter requires
    technical discussions,” as there were “legal issues to be
    resolved.” After examining USG response, Leys said that “we had
    expected a more definitive answer.” He then asserted that “this
    extradition request is outside the norm,” and questioned whether
    it represented a “developing trend” in which Jamaican constables
    would give evidence in U.S. courts. He said the Coke extradition
    request raised questions as to how similar requests would be
    treated in the future. Answers were needed so that he could “inform

    the Attorney General Lightbourne as she exercises her

    4.(SBU) Charge’ then asked whether the GoJ considered the
    information provided by the USG in the request insufficient to
    meet the requirements of the Extradition Treaty. Leys replied that
    this was not the case; however, the Extradition Treaty was only
    one aspect of “normal routine.” The steps under the MLAT must be
    “better informed,” particularly with respect to wiretap evidence.
    Had the wiretap evidence been properly obtained? This
    “extraordinary subject requires further dialogue.” If there had
    been a possible breach of MLAT treaty obligations, then the
    extradition request “can’t go much further;” if, on the other hand,
    the USG could confirm that there had been no breach, then “the GoJ
    can proceed.” Charge’ noted that, until this meeting, there had
    been no suggestion of a breach of treaty. Leys responded that he
    was not saying there had been a breach of the Extradition Treaty;
    he was only saying that the GoJ needed further assistance and an
    explanation from the USG – otherwise, “we must conclude a breach.”

    5.(C) Charge’ then noted that the USG had worked hand-in-hand with
    the GoJ on this extradition request, which was not outside
    commonly accepted practice. He asked that any questions be
    addressed following Coke’s arrest during an extradition hearing.
    Leys then said there were two issues: the narrow one of “the
    courts,” and the larger one of the steps required under the MLAT.
    The “larger issue” was whether a trend was developing of Jamaicans
    giving evidence in the U.S. without having followed MLAT
    procedures. For the USG to say that this question “should be put
    before a court of law” missed the larger point: this was a
    “threshold decision” for the Attorney General ; therefore, the GoJ
    was asking for technical discussions with the USG regarding the
    MLAT. Baugh then noted that this was a “technical matter.” Leys
    questioned under what authority Jamaican officers had given
    evidence in the U.S. Charge’ noted that the evidence had been
    given by employees of the GoJ as outlined in the extradition
    package, and that his office could make internal inquiries
    regarding the steps taken during this investigation. Baugh saw a
    need for “clarification of the process.” Leys then noted that this
    was a process which the USG and UK had used to “inform other
    extradition requests,” and asked why the MLAT was not being used
    to obtain evidence. Leys claimed this left him in a “no-man’s
    land; I don’t know whether the U.S. is in breach of the MLAT. We
    need a better understanding of the mechanism of the MLAT.” He then
    asserted that “this will determine future relations, how to go
    forward with future extradition requests.”

    6.(C) Lightbourne then noted that the GoJ’s question as to whether
    “the information was obtained by the United States in accordance
    with the treaty between Jamaica and the United States on Mutual
    Legal Assistance in criminal matters and in accordance with the
    provisions of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters Act” (reftel
    D) had not been answered. The USG response was “too qualified,” and
    “raised other questions.” Leys also maintained that the USG
    response did not address the question of the MLAT. Charge’
    reiterated that, if Mr. Coke were to contest the extradition, this
    question should be considered during the extradition hearing, and
    also pointed out that the extradition request did not hinge on only
    one officer’s testimony. In response, Leys maintained that
    “without the wiretap evidence, under Jamaican law the case goes
    nowhere,” and that “if this extradition request did not include the
    wiretap evidence, I would advise the Attorney General against
    proceeding.” He described the wiretap evidence as “integral,” and
    said that “we need technical discussions to see why established
    procedures were not followed.” Leys said the wiretap evidence
    represented vital “independent corroboration,” and questioned “how
    it was obtained from Jamaica.”

    7.(C) Baugh then noted that, when he recently had spoken with
    former Assistant Secretary Shannon concerning the Coke extradition

    request, he had asked that the USG provide complete answers to the
    GoJ’s questions. Charge’ replied that the response delivered to
    the GoJ represented the USG’s “definitive answer” on the questions
    raised by the Justice Ministry. Leys again asserted that the
    question concerning the MLAT had not been addressed, and
    maintained “we can deal with the other questions.” In response to
    ChargC)’s inquiry as to whether the GoJ questioned whether Jamaican
    authorities had had permission to present evidence in the U.S.,
    Leys replied that the question was “how the wiretap evidence had
    gotten into U.S. courts without following MLAT procedures.” Baugh
    then asked whether “technical meetings” could be arranged to
    address this “final hurdle.” Charge’ then asked if the GoJ would
    no longer insist on the names of confidential informants. Leys
    responded that the GoJ now understood that the USG would not
    identify the confidential informants in the case, but added that
    he did not mean to imply this no longer represented a problem for
    the GoJ.

    8.(C) Coye observed that the MLAT recognized the sovereignty of
    both signatories, and asserted that, when the Jamaican officer had
    gone to the U.S. to present evidence without following MLAT
    procedures, Jamaica’s sovereignty had been breached. Charge’
    observed that “we are setting a bridge too far,” and it seemed
    that the GoJ’s new standards were based on the subject involved,
    rather than on points of law or our previous practice in
    extradition matters. Leys replied that this was the first time the
    MLAT issue “has come to the fore.” Charge’ acknowledged that the
    question was not insignificant, but would be better handled during
    an extradition hearing. Coye said that “what we’re dealing with
    goes beyond the Coke case; it’s the principle of respecting the
    MLAT.” Charge’ responded that, if Jamaican officers had gone to
    the U.S. to present evidence on their own without any coordination
    with the GoJ, he could understand this argument; however, this had
    not been so, given the cooperation that had existed in putting the
    case together. Coye noted that the MLAT Central Authorities had
    not been consulted; this was the key point, and “we must stop the
    erosion of principle – this is a government-to-government issue,”
    adding that “small nations take sovereignty seriously.” Charge’
    responded that the USG was not suggesting that the GoJ should do
    anything only because we asked it, but because compliance was in
    accordance with the Treaty and previous unchallenged extradition
    requests. Leys then said that, under the terms of the MLAT and
    Jamaican law, the request for wiretap evidence should have gone to
    the Minister of Justice (who had delegated authority to the
    Director of Public Prosecutions); because wiretaps were involved,
    the request then should have gone before a Jamaican judge, for
    approval in accordance with MLAT procedures. Charge’ then asked if
    the GoJ’s consideration of the extradition request had left it
    uncertain as to whether competent Jamaican authorities had
    authorized the introduction of evidence in the U.S., and, if so,
    whether the GoJ’s request for “technical legal discussions”
    regarding the MLAT were intended to “provide information which your
    investigation has not answered,” to which Leys replied “yes.”

    9.(C) Charge’ then observed that the GoJ appeared to be setting a
    standard too high and difficult to Reach, and that applied only to
    the Coke extradition. Baugh responded that the MLAT was “well
    established.” Leys summed up by saying the GoJ had not yet taken a
    position with respect to the extradition request, but instead was
    requesting further assistance from the USG in the form of technical
    legal discussions. Coye noted that the USG had offered its
    assistance with the extradition process; the request for technical
    legal discussions was a request for assistance. Charge’ noted that
    the question as to whether evidence similarly had been introduced
    in previous extradition cases would have to be considered.
    Lightbourne replied that, even if this had been so, she was not now
    at liberty to “ignore the law;” the key question was whether the
    steps required under the MLAT had been followed. Charge’ said the
    Embassy would convey the GoJ’s views to Washington. (Comment:
    Embassy Kingston recommends that the DOJ lawyers deal directly with
    Solicitor General Leys and Attorney General Lightbourne regarding
    their MLAT concerns. Leys has indicated to Charge’ that he is
    willing to travel to Washington for consultations. Alternatively,

    Post can use its good offices to arrange a suitable date / time for
    a telephone conversation. Post remains convinced that the GoJ’s
    current misgivings about possible violation of MLAT provisions are
    an effort to prolong the decision-making process indefinitely or to
    deny the request.



    December 10, 2009

    1. (SBU) The continuing controversy over the Christopher “Dudus”
    Coke extradition request exploded into partisan rancor and
    bitterness in Jamaica’s Parliament on December 8, as Peter
    Phillips, Member of Parliament (MP) for the opposition People’s
    National Party (PNP) and former Minister for National Security,
    accused Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding and his Jamaica Labour
    Party (JLP)-led Government of Jamaica (GOJ) of “taking longer than
    the average period of time” to comply with the request. The PM ,
    however, adopted what would seem to be a new tack in the continuing
    drama in alleging that in fact it was the U.S. that has been
    responsible for the delay by failing to comply with Jamaica’s
    Mutual Assistance Criminal Matters Act, although he refused to
    provide any details. Pandemonium reportedly ensued, as backbenchers of both parties heckled speakers and House Speaker Delroy Chuck struggled unsuccessfully to restore order. The imbroglio
    illustrates both the GOJ’s paralysis over the issue as the Golding
    administration flails for new legal points on which to delay a
    decision, as well as the PNP’s determination to use the issue as a
    means of attacking the JLP’s moral authority to govern. End

    Golding Moves The Goal Posts


    ¶2. (SBU) Peter Phillips, PNP MP and former Minister of National
    Security told Emboff that he had tabled a series of fairly
    innocuous written questions to Parliament as a means of engaging
    the PM as to the status of the Coke extradition request. Amidst
    shouting from MPs of both parties, Golding insisted that the
    three-and-a-half month delay that has elapsed since the U.S. State
    Department submitted the request was “not unusual” and was in fact
    necessary in order to ensure that due process was followed.
    Furthermore, the PM attributed the delay to the USG’s failure to
    “follow proper procedure” in issuing the request. In defending his
    administration’s handling of the Coke extradition request, Golding
    accused both the PNP and the media of “taking positions in
    ignorance” and not having “access to the facts [and] procedures
    that must be followed,” while “the Minister of Justice enjoys no
    such privilege [and] must uphold the laws of the country.”

    ¶3. (SBU) The PM implied that the evidence presented in the
    extradition request may have been collected in violation of
    Jamaican law, although when asked to do so by PNP backbencher
    Ronnie Thwaites he would not cite the specific law in question.
    “Most requests that have been received depend for their process on
    the provisions of the Extradition Treaty with the particular
    country and on the Extradition Act,” Golding noted, but added that
    “[t]his particular request is somewhat different in that it also
    relies for its validity on the provisions of the Mutual Assistance
    Criminal Matters Act. The Government of Jamaica has raised with the
    U.S. authorities issues regarding its compliance with that Act.”
    Therefore, Golding maintained, “it is not a matter as to whether
    (Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne) is inclined to authorize
    the extradition, it’s a question that the minister would be
    authorizing something that she knows would be in violation of the

    ¶4. (SBU)(NOTE: In recent demarches on the Coke extradition, the GOJ
    has raised concerns that evidence acquired through wiretaps in
    Jamaica were apparently not processed through the Mutual Legal
    Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and has requested direct consultations on

    this point between representatives of Jamaica’s Ministry of Justice
    (MOJ) and the USG’s Departments of State and Justice (Reftel A).
    The DOJ’s position, however, maintains that the MLAT did not
    represent “an exclusive means for sharing of law enforcement
    information” (Reftel B). The Departments of State and Justice have
    agreed to meet with the MOJ representatives in Washington on
    December 17. (Reftel B). End Note).

    Pandemonium in Parliament


    ¶5. (SBU) Obviously dissatisfied with the PM’s response, Phillips
    contended that Golding’s explanation “did not stand to reason” and
    pressed for more details. Golding refused, insisting that the GOJ
    and the USG had agreed not to discuss the matter publicly. (NOTE:
    Golding maintained that he had indicated to the USG that he would
    brief Parliament on the status of the case without providing
    specific details. Soon after the extradition request had been
    submitted, an envoy from the PM’s office had requested that the USG
    refrain from publicly pressuring the GOJ over the politically-sensitive issue (Reftel C). Although Post has generally refused to comment on the matter publicly, there has been no such explicit agreement or understanding between the GOJ and Post. End Note). Golding maintained that the delay was not unusual and cited several cases in which the previous PNP-led government had delayed granting extradition requests, in one case for as long as three years. The PM also pointed out that since taking office in September 2007, a total of 31 Jamaicans had been extradited to the U.S.

    ¶6. (SBU) As the debate continued and became more and more heated, House Speaker and JLP MP Delroy Chuck attempted unsuccessfully to bring order to the proceedings and to prevent Phillips from asking questions that were “inappropriate.” “It is not for trial in the Parliament,” Chuck maintained. “If the Prime Minister indicates that there is a breach of domestic law, why are we inquiring
    further?” Amid shouts of “sit down” from JLP backbenchers, Thwaites
    replied “Because we need to know. We are the ultimate arbiters of
    the law.”

    ¶7. (SBU) When Phillips referred to a recent newspaper article
    alleging that members of the Cabinet had met with Coke and asked
    whether such a meeting would be appropriate, Chuck objected to the
    question on the grounds that “you have no evidence that that member
    met with the person,” while the PM referred to the House’s Standing
    Orders in refusing to respond. “The member knows he cannot ask a
    hypothetical question like that,” Golding stated. “He may very well
    be seeking to grandstand, but he knows it’s against the Standing
    Orders.” Golding, however, did make a veiled reference to the PNP’s
    own ties to criminal organizations, citing Phillips’ attendance at
    the funeral of garrison community don in 2001.

    Golding Denies Advance Knowledge of Extradition Request

    ——————————————— ———————-

    ¶8. (SBU) Phillips also asked the PM whether USG authorities had
    briefed him on the Coke case on assuming office in 2007. Despite
    Chuck’s attempt to prohibit the question as “prejudicial” to Coke,
    the PM nevertheless responded that he had first received
    information about the extradition request the day before the USG
    submitted it to the GOJ on August 25. (NOTE: Post disputes the PM’s
    recollection, noting that former Ambassador Johnson briefed the PM
    on the case in January 2009. Phillips himself reported to Emboff
    that as the outgoing Minister of National Security he briefed the
    PM on the case shortly after the September 2007 elections that

    brought the JLP to power (Reftel D) End Note).

    ¶9. (C) In comments to Emboff, Phillips noted that he had planned
    the altercation with the Prime Minister by tabling the questions
    and felt that the PM had been “twisting and turning” in trying to
    justify the GOJ’s inaction on the extradition request. Phillips
    alleged that the GOJ is “determined to take the side of the Shower
    Posse (the criminal organization with which Coke is associated)
    rather than that of the people of Jamaica,” and that he’s not aware
    of any “timetable for action” on the part of Golding administration. As he’d implied in Parliament, Phillips maintained that two Cabinet members – Minister of Information Daryl Vaz and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne – as well as JLP Senator and Coke attorney Tom Tavares-Finson met with Coke regarding the extradition request sometime between September 21 and 24; when confronted with this allegation in Parliament, Phillips noted that the PM did not acknowledge that such a meeting occurred, nor did he deny it.

    PM Fails To Recognize Severity of Situation

    ——————————————— ———–

    ¶10. (C) Phillips maintained to Emboff his belief that the PM
    remains unconvinced of the seriousness the USG attaches to the Coke case, and that the PM will not give way on the extradition request without pressure from two sources: the USG and Jamaican public opinion. Given that the Coke issue is the subject of almost daily speculation and debate in newspaper editorials and on talk radio, Phillips contends that without action on the part of the USG the PM is unlikely to budge on the issue and to assume that it will recede
    in importance over time. According to Phillips’s sources, the
    Golding administration has been quietly reaching out to friends in
    the U.S. Congress and the administration through backchannels to
    try to circumvent the Departments of State and Justice and to make
    their case to the White House. Phillips also told Emboff that many
    key JLP stalwarts – Minister of Finance Audley Shaw, Minister of
    Education Andrew Holness, Minister of Housing Horace Chang, and
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Kenneth Baugh among them – have
    expressed to him their dissatisfaction with the Golding
    administration’s handling of the Coke extradition request, but that
    they’re unlikely to break with Golding over the issue, nor would he
    expect any JLP MPs to cross the aisle over the issue.

    Concern Over Lack of U.S. Ambassador, IMF Agreement

    ——————————————— ———————-

    ¶11. (SBU) The PM also addressed the USG’s delay in naming an
    ambassador to replace Brenda LaGrange Johnson, who departed Post in January 2009. Speculation has been rampant in recent weeks that the White House’s decision to nominate Anne Slaughter Andrew as Ambassador to Costa Rica, and not to Jamaica as had been
    anticipated, as well as the delay in announcing another nominee was
    due to the GOJ’s intransigence on the Coke extradition request.
    Similarly, many see the slow progress of the GOJ’s talks with the
    International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a standby agreement as
    evidence that the U.S. is stymieing the resolution of the
    negotiations (Reftel E). Golding insisted that the delay in naming
    a new ambassador was due to “preoccupation with other matters” on
    the part of the White House and the Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee, and pointed out that the “processing and approval of the
    President’s nominees for several postings,” such as Trinidad and
    Tobago, had taken a great deal of time as well. “We await the
    appointment of a U.S. Ambassador, in the same way that many other
    countries are,” the PM noted. (NOTE: Post is unaware of any linkage
    between the Coke extradition request, the IMF negotiations, and the
    naming of a new ambassador. Nevertheless, conspiracy theories are
    ubiquitous in Jamaica, and the belief that these issues are related

    is widely held. End Note).

    Foreign Minister Apologizes


    ¶12. (C) On the evening of December 9, Foreign Minister Kenneth
    Baugh telephoned CDA to apologize for the PM’s remarks in
    Parliament and to express regret that Golding had been put in such
    a position by Phillips. Despite the PM’s statements and the
    headlines to the contrary, the Foreign Minister assured CDA that
    Golding had been misquoted and that it was not the position of the
    GOJ that the USG had violated the MLAT or the extradition treaty.
    Interestingly, although the Office of the Prime Minister issued a
    press release on the morning after the debate highlighting the PM’s
    comments on the delay in naming a new U.S. ambassador, there was no press release correcting or reinterpreting the PM’s comments
    suggesting the USG was responsible for the extradition delay.

    Summary and Analysis


    ¶13. (SBU) The GOJ’s raising of the MLAT issue privately in the
    December 3 demarche (Reftel A) and now publicly on the floor of
    Parliament suggests that the Golding administration is sensitive to
    increasing concerns raised in the media and by the opposition that
    the GOJ is stalling, grasping for any legal rationale it can find
    to forestall the extradition of the politically-connected and
    powerful Coke, who controls the garrison community of Tivoli
    Gardens in Golding’s own West Kingston constituency. The GOJ
    appears to be trying to have it both ways – publicly blaming the
    USG for the delays, while privately assuring CDA that this is not
    the position of the Golding administration. However, in publicly
    accusing the U.S. of violating Jamaican law while blaming his
    refusal to provide specifics on a nonexistent agreement with the
    USG, Golding can have the best of both worlds – casting off
    responsibility for the delay while remaining confident that the USG
    will not contradict his version of events.


  117. Wayne Christopher CHEN DOB: 02 SEP 1958 POB:

    Subject is alleged to be an associate of XXXX XXXXX.

    Local check of Consolidated Consular Database with available
    information indicated the following visa record: Visa valid until
    April 19 2016. Recipients are requested to recheck CCD to verify.

    Name: CHEN, Wayne Christopher

    DOB: 02 SEP 1958

    POB: JAM

    Date of visa issuance: 20 APR 2006

    Type: B1 B2 Multiple entry ten year

    Control number: KNG 2006110 544 5

  118. Central Bank Turns on Printing Press

    ——————————————— —

    ¶4. (SBU) This forced the GOJ to tap the BOJ, which turned on the
    printing press to satisfy the credit appetite of its largest
    client. During November, the bank extended credit in the amount of
    USD 57 Million to the GOJ, of which only USD 28 million was repaid
    in December. With the GOJ strapped for cash, the remaining USD 29
    million had to be converted to securities. But things took a turn
    for the worse in December; with revenues declining at an increasing
    rate, the GOJ was forced to seek even more loans from the domestic
    capital markets. The GOJ offered two instruments amounting to USD
    212 million, of which only USD 12 million was taken up by the
    public. With the market shunning the offers, the bank was forced to
    prop up the government by purchasing the remaining USD 200 million.

    The BOJ has been quick to point out that the practice of
    providing credit to the GOJ is a normal part of its operations.
    However, this new money, which influences demand, is bound to drive
    core inflation the longer it remains in circulation.


  119. On January 16, en route from Port-au-Prince back to
    Washington, the Secretary’s plane landed briefly at Kingston’s
    Norman Manley International Airport. Golding and Foreign Minister
    Kenneth Baugh met for a short time with the Secretary in the
    airport’s VIP lounge; Vaz told Emboff that the topics of discussion
    included relief efforts in Haiti and the pending IMF agreement, but
    that the high profile extradition cases were not raised. On
    January 19, Golding announced that former PNP Prime Minister P.J.
    Patterson would serve as CARICOM’s representative on a coordinating committee to organize an international conference to develop a strategic plan for Haiti’s recovery and rebuilding.

    All That Glitters…


    ¶6. (SBU) Nevertheless, despite the recent positive press, serious
    issues continue to demand the GOJ’s attention and to roil the
    bilateral relationship. Unemployment remains high, consumer prices
    continue to increase, and the bauxite industry continues to show
    few signs of life (Reftel A). The GOJ continues to trumpet its
    intention to bring down the island’s spiraling crime rate, with
    Minister of National Security Dwight Nelson promising that
    “draconian” anti-gang measures to assist the Jamaican Constabulary
    Force (JCF) would soon be forthcoming. However, Attorney General
    Dorothy Lightbourne’s recent refusal to extradite Presley Bingham
    (Septel) and the ongoing standoff over the Christopher Coke
    extradition request raise doubts as to the GOJ’s resolve,
    especially when it comes to high-profile criminal dons with close
    ties to the JLP.

    Perhaps more troubling is the GOJ’s recent recalcitrance in
    granting U.S. extradition requests, suggesting a lack of
    seriousness in addressing Jamaica’s crime problems, or even the
    possibility that garrison dons and criminal elements have
    “captured” the GOJ.


  120. “Testing the waters” with an Extradition Refusal of Gas Station operator and known Cocaine trafficker Presley Bingham from “out West”


    The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) has formally rejected the
    extradition request for Presly Bingham (reftel). Jamaican Minister
    of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne asserts that the extradition would
    be “unjust and oppressive.”


  121. Bingham you have to be counted as lucky man. The plane was waiting??? But they set for you your family in the U.S.A. is covered.

    All because a nervous scoundrel resorted to “test the waters.”

    The PM defended Attorney General (AG) Dorothy Lightbourne’s recent refusal of the USG’s extradition request for Presley Bingham (Reftel A) on drug trafficking charges, and hinted that the GOJ would similarly refuse the pending Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition request on procedural grounds.


    1. (SBU) On the evening of January 27, the CDA met with Prime
    Minister (PM) Bruce Golding in his office at Jamaica House
    regarding the bilateral relationship in general and the status of
    recent USG extradition requests in particular. The PM expressed
    concern that, in recent years, the relationship between the
    Government of Jamaica (GOJ) and the USG had gradually become
    dominated by law enforcement concerns. The CDA disagreed, noting
    that the USG was very engaged with the GOJ through USAID, the Peace
    Corps, military-to-military ties, consular services, and other
    forms of cooperation. The PM defended Attorney General (AG)
    Dorothy Lightbourne’s recent refusal of the USG’s extradition
    request for Presley Bingham (Reftel A) on drug trafficking charges,
    and hinted that the GOJ would similarly refuse the pending
    Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition request on procedural grounds.
    Post requests that Department authorize a demarche to the GOJ to
    convey the points delineated in paragraph 8. End Summary and
    Action Request.

    Concern Over Law Enforcement Primacy in Bilateral Relationship
    ——————————————— ———————-

    ¶2. (SBU) The CDA had met earlier in the day with Ambassador Evadne
    Coye, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the GOJ’s Ministry of Foreign
    Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT), to express the USG’s
    dissatisfaction over the AG’s refusal of the Bingham extradition
    request (Septel). The PS apparently relayed those concerns to the
    Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), and by the end of the day the
    CDA was invited to Jamaica House to meet with the PM. PS Coye and
    Foreign Minister (FM) Kenneth Baugh also were present.

    ¶3. (SBU) The PM noted that he had been a long-standing supporter of
    the bilateral relationship, but was concerned that in recent years
    USG-GOJ ties seem to have become dominated by law enforcement
    concerns. The CDA countered that this was not the case, and cited
    a number of other areas of cooperation, including USAID, Peace
    Corps, military-to-military programs, consular services, tax
    compliance, and USG support for the GOJ’s pending Standby Agreement
    with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (Reftel B). When
    reminded of the scope of the bilateral relationship, the PM seemed
    pleased. The CDA also noted that, at the recent Chiefs of Mission
    (COM) conference in Washington, Secretary Clinton and Assistant
    Secretary (AS) for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela had
    stressed the importance of the USG’s partnerships in the Caribbean,
    while emphasizing that the USG could not divorce law enforcement
    cooperation from the wider range of issues and priorities in
    bilateral relationships.

    Defends AG’s Bingham Decision

    ¶4. (SBU) The PM said that he had spoken with the AG regarding the
    Bingham case and defended her decision, noting that she had the
    legal authority to decide as she had done. The CDA assured the PM
    that the USG did not question the AG’s authority, but had been
    surprised by the limited rationale that she had provided for her
    decision (Septel) The AG had had the opportunity to review the
    USG’s extradition request in early 2009 before she had signed the
    order to proceed, and had given no indication at that time of any
    of the apparent “double jeopardy” concerns raised in the diplomatic
    note regarding the refusal. Similarly, the timing of the AG’s
    refusal – coming one day before the expiration of the 60 day window
    within which Bingham would have to have been extradited – had put
    the USG in a difficult position, with U.S. Marshalls having been
    placed on standby and a USG plane deployed to the Norman Manley
    International Airport to transport Bingham to the U.S. The PM
    seemed to acknowledge these concerns.

    Displeased With DAS Reynoso’s Coke Comments
    ——————————————— ——————-

    ¶5. (SBU) The PM also noted with displeasure that, on her recent
    visit to Jamaica (Reftel C), Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of
    State for Central American and Caribbean Affairs Julissa Reynoso
    had spoken with local media representatives on the pending Coke
    extradition. The CDA reminded the PM that, although the U.S.
    Embassy and the GOJ had maintained a “gentleman’s agreement” not to
    discuss the case publicly, no such assurances could be made on the
    part of the DAS. Nevertheless, the CDA noted that he had advised
    MFAFT of the DAS’s visit and the likelihood that she would be asked
    about the Coke extradition. The FM confirmed to the PM that this
    advisement had in fact taken place and that the U.S. Embassy had
    been quite forthcoming regarding the DAS’s media interviews and
    statements on the Coke extradition.

    Hints At Coke Extradition Refusal

    ¶6. (SBU) In their discussion, the PM spent considerable time
    questioning the propriety of elements of the Coke extradition
    request (Reftel D), demonstrating a great deal of familiarity with
    the intricacies of the case and suggesting that he had been
    following it closely. Matters of particular concern seemed to be:
    the identity of confidential sources cited in the extradition
    request; and, the propriety of members of the Jamaica Constabulary
    Force (JCF) appearing before the Grand Jury in the Southern
    District of New York without appropriate authorization by the
    Jamaican courts.


    ¶7. (SBU) In the CDA’s estimation, the PM gave every indication that
    the GOJ was leaning toward refusing the USG’s Christopher Coke
    extradition request, although there was no explicit statement to
    this effect, and no time frame for a decision was mentioned. If
    this is the case, the Bingham extradition refusal might have been
    intended to establish a precedent on procedural grounds for a Coke
    refusal. Post will convey any additional information as it becomes
    available. End Analysis.

    Action Request:

    ¶8. (SBU) Post requests that the Department authorize a demarche to
    the GOJ conveying the following points:

    a. The Jamaican Minister of Justice’s decision not to
    extradite Presley Bingham is disappointing and regrettable. Mr.
    Bingham is accused of serious crimes involving international drug
    trafficking, which have harmed U.S. communities and fueled violence
    in Jamaica, with devastating consequences for the Jamaican people
    and legitimate Jamaican industries.

    b. Our requests for the extradition of Mr. Bingham were
    based on thorough investigations and fully satisfied all of the
    requirements of our bilateral extradition treaty. The United
    States in no way engaged in any undue delay in this case. Indeed,
    the GOJ’s failure to issue a surrender warrant in a timely manner
    led to the release of Mr. Bingham at the conclusion of the first
    set of extradition proceedings. For years, our cooperation with
    Jamaica in the area of law enforcement has been considerable,
    including on extradition matters. In fact, we consulted with the
    Jamaican Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to
    prepare both both our first and our subsequent extradition requests
    for Mr. Bingham, as we do in all extradition cases. The claim that
    extradition would be unjust due to delay is inconsistent with the
    MOJ’s decision to proceed in response to our resubmission of the
    extradition request.

    c. We fully respect the decisions of the Jamaican
    courts and magistrates, which in this case validated the USG’s case
    against Mr. Bingham. Mr. Bingham chose not to appeal the decision
    in a timely manner. This decision by the Jamaican courts has now
    been overruled by the Attorney General, although the USG has acted
    in accord with our treaty obligations in this case.

    d. Post awaits a more detailed explanation from the GOJ
    regarding this decision.



    1.(SBU) The Jamaican Attorney General and Solicitor General
    maintain that the denial of the USG’s extradition request for
    Presley Bingham was an “unusual” case that will not become a
    precedent. They also agreed to provide a more complete written
    justification for the denial of the Bingham extradition. With
    respect to the pending extradition request for reputed narcotics
    and arms trafficker Christopher “Dudas” Coke, the Solicitor General
    maintains that the key unresolved question is whether critical
    information was disclosed to the USG in accordance with Jamaican
    law. End Summary.

    2.(SBU) In a private meeting with the Government of Jamaica
    (GoJ)’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General (AG) Dorothy
    Lightbourne and Solicitor General (SG) Douglas Leys on the
    afternoon of February 3, Charge’ reiterated the USG’s
    disappointment with the GoJ’s denial of the extradition request for
    Presley Bingham (reftels) and sought preliminary clarification of
    the reasons for the GoJ’s decision. Prior to the arrival of the
    AG, the SG indicated to Charge’ that his visit to Washington in
    December had been “productive,” and had afforded an opportunity to
    discuss issues and problems surrounding extraditions; he believed
    the USG had a “growing appreciation of the issues between us.”
    Charge’ asked whether, with respect to the Christopher “Dudus” Coke
    extradition request, the SG considered the ball to be in the USG’s
    court. The SG replied that follow-up actions by both parties
    remained; the GoJ had “looked at other cases involving
    interceptions,” and had concluded that the Coke case was one of
    “first impression.” The main issue in the Coke case was
    “unauthorized disclosure” of information to USG authorities which
    had not been in accordance with Jamaican law. The SG said he
    understood, as a result of his visit to Washington, that the USG
    believed that proper procedures had been followed. Upon his return
    to Jamaica, he had sent a letter to the Commissioner of Police
    inquiring as to the authority by which a Jamaican police officer
    had given testimony to a jury in the U.S.; he had not yet received
    a reply. The SG noted that he also had sent a draft joint press
    release to the U.S. Department of Justice, and was awaiting a

    3.(SBU) When AG Lightbourne joined the meeting, Charge’ expressed
    disappointment with the GoJ’s surprising denial of the Bingham
    extradition request, noting that this was the first instance in
    which the Jamaican courts had ordered an extradition, but in which
    the surrender order subsequently had not been followed. Charge’
    said that the USG was interested in the details underlying the
    GoJ’s decision, and noted that, in keeping with the customary close
    collaboration between the GoJ and USG on extradition matters,
    ordinarily any problems would have been resolved before the arrest
    order had been signed. Charge’ emphasized that, in the initial
    extradition request, the 60-day limitation had not expired because
    of any delay on the part of the USG, but rather because of the
    GoJ’s inaction; SG Leys readily acknowledged this point. Charge’
    noted that Bingham initially had chosen not to appeal his
    extradition, and had not raised the arguments put forward by the
    AG. Charge’ noted that the AG had taken 59 days to issue a
    decision regarding the appeal, thus necessitating the USG’s having
    to bring in a chartered aircraft to ensure that Bingham could have
    been removed from Jamaica before the expiration of the 60-day
    limitation. AG Lightbourne said that she had been awaiting a brief
    by Bingham’s lawyer, who had been off-island; a Cabinet meeting and
    the press of other business had resulted in issuance of her
    decision on the 59th day.

    4.(SBU) In response to Charge’s inquiry regarding the AG’s finding
    that the Bingham extradition request had been “unjust and
    oppressive,” Leys said that the GoJ would make a detailed written

    explanation available to the USG. Leys noted that, while it had
    not been included in the written ruling, in dismissing the initial
    extradition request the judge had pronounced that the GoJ should
    “not think about” re-arresting Bingham for the same offense. Leys
    noted that the Bingham case dated back to 1998, and had taken so
    long to be resolved through “no fault of the applicant.” Leys
    readily acknowledged that, in processing the initial extradition
    request, the Jamaican authorities had been remiss in allowing the
    60-day limitation to expire, and said the 17-month delay in the
    second extradition request had been excessive. In light of these
    delays, it was necessary to “balance the rights of the accused with
    the interests of the requesting and the requested states.” The SG
    observed that, whenever a defendant is re-arrested after a long
    period, “memories fade, documents go missing, and witnesses
    relocate.” Charge’ then asked why, when the AG had signed the
    renewed authorization to proceed in 2008, these factors had not
    been taken into consideration. AG Lightbourne replied that, when
    she had signed the authorization, she had not realized that it was
    a renewal of a previous extradition request; she only realized this
    when, subsequently, Bingham’s lawyer brought it to her attention.

    5.(SBU) Charge’ then pointed out that often extradition cases took
    many months or years to develop, and asked whether the AG’s
    decision in the Bingham case might serve as an unfortunate
    precedent. SG Leys replied that the Bingham case had been
    “peculiar,” in that the court had discharged the case, and the USG
    then had submitted a renewed extradition request for the same
    offense. Again, Leys readily acknowledged that the initial
    extradition request had been discharged “because of negligence” by
    GoJ authorities. AG Lightbourne noted that Section 11 (3) (b) of
    the Extradition Treaty “would not make sense” if renewed
    extradition requests could be submitted for the same offense. SG
    Leys then said that delay was “one of the factors” the Minister had
    taken into consideration in “exercising her discretion” under
    Section 12 (3) of the Extradition Treaty. In response to Charge’s
    inquiry as to whether these factors had been taken into
    consideration at the level of the magisterial court, the SG and AG
    replied that they could not say, as they had not been present. SG
    Leys noted that the “unjust and oppressive” provision of the Treaty
    previously had applied in the Walter Byles extradition case.
    Charge’ reiterated that, if the GoJ found problems or weaknesses in
    the course of extradition cases, they should be brought to the
    attention of the USG and resolved rather than waiting until the end
    of the process.

    6.(SBU) Charge’ then asked whether the USG should submit renewed
    extradition requests in the future. SG Leys replied that “it’s up
    to you,” and noted that the Jamaican courts ordinarily adhered to a
    “fresh evidence” rule when accepting renewed cases. Charge’
    reiterated that, in the initial extradition request, the court had
    not exonerated Bingham; instead, the case had been lost in the
    Jamaican system. The USG considered this a crucial distinction.
    SG Leys said he appreciated this distinction, but that it had been
    necessary to “balance the rights of the accused with the rights of
    the requesting and requested states.” In response to Charge’s
    inquiry as to whether the Bingham case might serve as a precedent,
    Leys replied “no, never,” and Lightbourne called it “a most unusual

    7.(SBU) SG Leys then said, in reference to the Coke extradition
    case, the key question was how information had been given to USG
    authorities without “modifications to the order to disclose
    information only to certain classes of persons.” Leys said he did
    not even know the name of the constable who had testified in the
    U.S.; the circumstances were under investigation. He then noted
    that the question of whether the Minister of National Security
    should have been consulted was “no longer an issue.” The
    outstanding issue was whether information had been disclosed to the
    USG in accordance with Jamaican law.

    8.(SBU) AG Lightbourne then emphasized that she was “fully

    supportive of the U.S. Government,” and reiterated that the Bingham
    case was “unusual.” Leys said that, in the previous (People’s
    National Party) administration, the Minister of Justice routinely
    had signed extradition arrest orders and forwarded them to the
    Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) without careful review.
    Since the DPP represented the interests of the USG, from now on the
    SG would review extradition requests before the arrest orders were
    sent to the DPP. Charge’ reiterated that the USG did not submit
    frivolous extradition requests; these requests were only submitted
    for serious crimes. Charge’ noted that it was extremely
    frustrating to the USG that an extradition case on which the two
    governments had collaborated closely should be denied at the last
    minute; any possible steps to avoid a repeat of this episode should
    be taken. Leys then maintained that the AG could have denied the
    Coke extradition request when the USG had not supplied all of the
    information requested by the GoJ; instead, the GoJ was working with
    the USG in hopes of resolving outstanding questions, and this
    should be understood as a sign of good relations. Leys noted that
    he had found only one other extradition case involving intercepts;
    he believed it was that of Garth Lewis, and that no ruling had been
    rendered. AG Lightbourne then cited a case in which a Jamaican
    mistakenly had been extradited to Maryland on a charge of first
    degree murder rather than second degree murder; the public defender
    now was attempting to have the case dismissed. She said this
    illustrated the need for careful review by the SL of all
    extradition cases. Charge’ concluded by noting the prominent
    coverage given to the Coke and Bingham extradition cases by the
    Jamaican print and broadcast media; this made coordination between
    the GoJ and USG all the more essential.



    1. (SBU) On February 8, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
    Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Permanent Secretary (PS) Amb. Evadne Coye advised Charge that Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding wanted to meet with him the following day in the PM’s Office. The PS
    advised that she was not aware of the subject of the meeting.

    ¶2. (C) PM Golding began the conversation by expressing his
    understanding that the U.S. Treasury reps had taken a “very hard
    line” in their review of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ)’s recent
    IMF loan application by insisting on strict adherence to all of the
    terms of the loan. He asked if this “hard line” stance was related
    to the GOJ’s inaction on the Coke extradition matter (reftels).
    The Charge’ responded that, while resolution of Coke extradition
    matter was of great importance to the USG and we hoped for an
    affirmative response soon, the request had no impact on the U.S.
    loan vote, and pointed out that it is reasonable to expect that all
    nations abide by terms of their IMF loan agreements. The PM
    concluded by reiterating his government’s intention to comply fully
    with the terms of the loan.


  124. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Arrest warrant out for ‘Dudus’; Tavares-Finson withdraws
    DEFENCE lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson last night withdrew as attorney for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the Tivoli Gardens strongman facing extradition to the United States on alleged drug- and gun-trafficking charges.

    “…I am setting up a team and stepping aside as the matter moves to court in order to avoid conflict of interest,” Tavares-Finson confirmed to the Observer last night, just hours after the police announced that they were in possession of an arrest warrant issued by the court to begin extradition proceedings against Coke.

    Moments after Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced Monday night that an authority to proceed with the extradition request would be signed, Tavares-Finson — a Government senator and member of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica — said he would be appealing the order in court.

    The Opposition People’s National Party had called for Tavares-Finson to resign as a member of the Senate because of a conflict of interest in his representation of Coke.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Arrest-warrant-out-for–Dudus—Tavares-Finson-withdraws_7627364#ixzz1X2W0Xgbh

  125. According to Wikileaks:

    In 2004, [James] Robertson was named along with fellow JLP
    members, Shahine Robinson and Horace Chang,
    as being
    involved with money laundering and organized crime by local
    sources. According to DEA sources he was involved with
    Norris Nembhard, a drug kingpin awaiting deportation to the
    U.S. The source alleged that Robertson’s father, Ishmael
    Robertson, was forced to hand over acres of land to settle
    his son’s drug debts to Nembhard.

    I didn’t know there are so many crooked Politicians in one Party! Where is John Azan these days?

  126. Wait…more Wikileaks concerning another JLP MP and former Minister of Security:

    There have been allegations in the past from British
    High Commission contacts that [Derrick] Smith was involved with known
    gang leaders. Sources stated that Smith, along with then
    JLP boss Seaga, were complicit in weapons trafficking in a
    2002 Department of Defense report
    . At the time the British
    had placed phone taps on suspected gang members in Jamaica,
    and recorded a phone call from Derrick Smith to a known
    gang leader ordering them to “quiet things down for a
    while.” Source stated that for about two weeks after the
    phone call there were no indications of weapons

  127. Pressure to mount on the Gov’t to reveal the status of the IMF reviews

    “I’m going to ask the questions, where are they now and what is the present relationship with the IMF and whether they are going to be renegotiating (with the Fund) if they don’t pass the tests. My mind tells me they just cannot pass it,” she said.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller added that the IMF is not the only matter she will be seeking answers on.


  128. According to US diplomatic cables…

    On June 21, the UK High Commissioner, Jeremy Creswell informed the Canadian High Commissioner, the NAS Director and ICE Attache that there seems to be a “cabal” within Prime Minister Golding’s Government that still wants Lewin out. According to Creswell, immediately after Lewin’s decision to remain as Commissioner, James Robertson, Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister, requested a private meeting with Creswell. During the meeting, Robertson, who is believed to have links to criminal organizations, expressed his fury over Lewin’s decision to stay, and criticized members of the Services Commission for persuading Lewin to
    withdraw his resignation, calling them the UK’s friends. Creswell told us that he was surprised by and still unsure of the purpose of Robertson’s visit. Creswell’s analysis of an anti-Lewin sentiment within the Golding administration is shared by the Canadian High Commissioner.

    (Note: Ellington, who is considered by many to be an intelligent and capable officer, is suspected of having links to criminal organizations. The Assistant Commissioner of Police for Anti-Corruption, Justin Felice, a British officer seconded to the JCF, informed NAS that based on a request from Commissioner Lewin, he has pulled together a file on Ellington’s extra-curricular activities. On June 22, Lewin stated that he plans to call Ellington in to discuss his future with the JCF. According to Lewin, Ellington needs to decide whether he wants to be a police officer or something

    According to the CABLES, Always Learning….Not Wikileaks…

  129. (Note: Ellington, who is considered by many to be an intelligent and capable officer, is suspected of having links to criminal organizations. The Assistant Commissioner of Police for Anti-Corruption, Justin Felice, a British officer seconded to the JCF, informed NAS that based on a request from Commissioner Lewin, he has pulled together a file on Ellington’s extra-curricular activities. On June 22, Lewin stated that he plans to call Ellington in to discuss his future with the JCF. According to Lewin, Ellington needs to decide whether he wants to be a police officer or something

    So the commissioner of Police has links to criminal organizations? What was that incidence some years ago with the Commissioner…I think it was a St. James matter, which appears to be a blemish on his record. If you can’t trust the Commissioner of Police, then who can the People of Jamaica put their trust in? Why did the JLP and the JLP-aligned Police Officer Corp forced out Lewin?

  130. Jamaica Labour Party (Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for South West St. Andrew, Garnett Reid, was yesterday questioned by investigators from the Constant Spring Police Station.

    Reid surrendered to the police after an appeal was made for him to do so.

    He was accompanied by his attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson.

    The police say they want to question Reid in connection with a sexual offence, which is alleged to have been committed last Thursday.

    However, Reid has denied being involved in the incident.

    Meanwhile, the Jamaica Labour Party says it’s deeply disturbed by the allegations against Reid.


    sexual offence? Not in my Cabinet or Party?

    It was alleged that the Caretaker and another man, buggered another man… forcibly. Why was the charges dropped after the Caretaker was in Jail for over two weeks?

  131. Pollster says he was libeled by WikiLeaks allegations


    You see Always Learning? I have never heard of WikiLeaks making any allegation about a cable.

  132. I truly hope that after the past 4 days have passed that Jamaica’s PM says the times and subject of his meetings with the Kingston Embassy staff are a LIE.

    Because they contradict statements made under oath in the Commission of Enquiry directly, which would prove Lying.

    So as the days continue to pass let us hope the US Embassy can be proven wrong in the dates, times and subject matter.

  133. What happened to the civil action Golding/Brady anyway?

  134. Money laundering
    Money laundering is disguising illegal sources of money so that it looks like it came from legal sources. The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication.
    Governments and international bodies have undertaken efforts to deter, prevent and apprehend money launderers. Financial institutions have likewise undertaken efforts to prevent and detect transactions involving dirty money, both as a result of government requirements and to avoid the reputational risk involved.
    Money laundering often occurs in three steps: first, cash is introduced into the financial system by some means (“placement”), the second involves carrying out complex financial transactions in order to camouflage the illegal source (“layering”), and the final step entails acquiring wealth generated from the transactions of the illicit funds (“integration”). Some of these steps may be omitted, depending on the circumstances; for example, non-cash proceeds that are already in the financial system would have no need for placement.
    Money laundering takes several different forms although most methods can be categorized into one of a few types. These include “bank methods, smurfing [also known as structuring], currency exchanges, and double-invoicing.”

  135. JI relied on his not so Cool web of companies to willfully conceal his money laundering activities. JI’s MZ Holdings and USIMO Corporation apparently entered into a limited contractual arrangement with OLINT to provide certain vendor services to OLINT. MZ Holdings and USIMO bank accounts in the Cayman Islands were used in connection with its OLINT vendor money laundering obligations.

  136. Opposition Calls For Local ‘Dudus’ Investigation

    The People’s National Party (PNP) wants the Jamaican police to launch a criminal investigation against former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


  137. Hughes: IMF Agreement Could Be In Trouble

    Published:Tuesday September 6, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    “Unless measures are taken to find a replacement…unless we find a way to pull that back, then the medium term programme is going to be off track,” he said.

    The PAAC is considering the first supplementary estimates, which contains provision for the payment.

    However, Hughes said even if the Budget is passed by Parliament, it would not be a major contributor in having the IMF giving the stamp of approval for the disbursement of funds to the country.


  138. Mottley’s leadership suitability questioned in WikiLeaks cable

    According to Goddard, senior BLP officials believe that Mottley’s personal life makes her an unacceptable choice to lead the party and the nation.”

    The cables went on to quote Goddard as saying that “while [her lifestyle] does not seem to have hindered her career, Goddard clarified that it was her episodes of physical violence that lost her support among the BLP kingmakers.


  139. The Barbados press “fingering” the Jamaican media houses in bad way. Looks like not only Usain drop out of the full “hundred”

    Mottley and Barbados are facing the allegations of fishwife “Virega” up front.

    At least it’s not detailed accusations of drug deals an weapons trafficking. Whew…luck you Barbados.

    Farcical what’s up? Catatonic? Time wait on no man. Journalistic credentials on the line. RJR “easing out the blocks”

    Farsical, will the post and Times report on Jamaica before you? ….AGAIN?

    What? You getting “creative?

  140. Statement at Press Conference on the Implications of the Christopher Coke Guilty Plea – Peter Bunting MP

    Opposition Spokesman on National Security

    Over the past few weeks, the court proceedings in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York have laid bare any surviving pretense regarding the true nature of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the Shower Posse (a.k.a. Presidential Click), and its operations headquartered in Tivoli Gardens.

    Some of this was proffered by Coke’s own guilty plea agreement, but the substantial amount of information was put into the public domain in the U.S. GOVERNMENT’S IN LIMINE MOTION. [A motion in limine (Latin: “at the threshold”) is a motion made before or during a trial requesting that the judge rule that certain evidence may, or may not, be introduced to the jury in a trial. – Wikipedia]

    The U.S. Prosecutors who prepared this pre-trial document certainly have no political agenda, but instead set out to explicitly outline how Coke earned his fearsome reputation and his resulting control over his Kingston community and his power and influence in the United States. The document speaks to the prosecution’s intention to call witnesses who would testify from their own knowledge concerning acts of violence, including murders committed personally by Coke and also murders, shootings, and beatings committed at his direction.
    In particular, the U.S. Government sought to admit cooperating witness testimony that Coke murdered at least two individuals in Tivoli Gardens for failing to repay narcotics related debts. In the case of one of these victims, Coke killed him with a chainsaw while he was tied down! Even in instances where he wasn’t personally present at the time of execution, our law contemplates the offence of conspiracy and recognizes the role of an aider and abettor.

    The U.S. Government’s motion outlines that among Coke’s ‘soldiers’ responsibilities was “participating in election-related activities – including “motivating” members of surrounding communities to support particular candidates by intimidation.” It provides an independent and explicit link to the importance of Coke and the Shower Posse to the JLP’s election organization, and explains their unwillingness to have Coke extradited.

    Christopher Dudus Coke did not build his criminal organization from scratch, but inherited the Shower Posse, built by his father Lester Lloyd Coke, that already had expanded into North America during the 1980s. In fact, Dudus himself served an apprenticeship with the Shower Posse in the U.S. before he was convicted and deported in the late 1980s. This was around the same time his father died under suspicious circumstances while incarcerated pending extradition to the United States.

    Therefore, Christopher Coke’s conviction is a watershed event in the history of crime in Jamaica. It must be the point at which at well thinking and law abiding Jamaicans declare absolute intolerance of the gang culture and the politics-criminal gang connections.

    The People’s National Party has for many years now consistently and categorically repudiated and disassociated itself from all and any alliance, dependency, or common cause with organized crime and the gang culture, which are together responsible for the vast majority of our murders. This has been the cause for which we are prepared to expend political capital.

    The major effort that ultimately led to the conviction of Coke was started by the PNP Government as early as the 1990s and included infiltration of the Shower Posse and the systematic collection of vast amounts of data on its operations. This effort was successful due to exceptional cooperation with foreign governments such as the USA, UK, and Canada and included the signing of the two MOUs that have been pilloried by the JLP, and which contributed to Coke’s conviction. Many other major crime figures were successfully brought to justice by this effort regardless of any known political affiliation. These included Dido Nembhard, Hubert Ramcharan, Zeeks Phipps, Joel Andem, and Donovan Bulbie Bennett.

    The Prime Minister stated in Parliament that he was prepared to pay a political price for his actions to frustrate the extradition of the mobster Christopher Coke. Now the society has an obligation to hold Mr. Golding to his word, and hold this administration accountable for taking the country to the brink of the most dangerous peril ever faced by Jamaicans here and abroad – that of our communities and state being taken over by a criminal/political force with influence, resources, and arms comparable to the state.

    The Opposition would like the following questions addressed as part of a truth and reconciliation exercise to ensure that our beloved country never goes this way again:
    1. In the fiftieth year of our independence, is it acceptable that we rely entirely on foreign law enforcement to convict well-connected Jamaican criminals like Christopher Coke and David Smith?

    2. If Coke was to be released after serving less than ten years (like former Shower Posse leader Vivian Blake) would he be free to roam the streets of Kingston and rebuild his criminal organization, or should the time be used to build other solid cases against him here? A preponderance of evidence seems to exist as a basis on which credible local investigations can be structured.

    3. Is the private sector, and in particular the PSOJ, satisfied with their mid 2010 actions to quickly forgive and cooperate in attempting to rehabilitate the Prime Minister’s image, after a mere contrived apology? Do they sincerely believe that it sets an appropriate standard of accountability for our parliamentary democracy? If so, who then should be held accountable for the 73 deaths and the enormous damage to the country’s economy and international reputation caused by the Government’s dithering and complicity in trying to protect the drug lord from extradition to face justice?

    4. Have the JLP’s financiers, who paid US$65,000 to hire lobbyist Manatt Phelps & Phillips to press the US Government to withdraw its request for the extradition of Coke, examined their consciences and asked themselves if they are satisfied with what their contributions have bought? Are the JLP’s funders simply prepared to wallow in the sty of tax waivers while propping up an administration that has lost its moral compass, and therefore its moral authority?

    5. Does the JLP remain satisfied and proud of its efforts to frustrate and prevent the extradition of a confessed criminal who has imported illegal guns into Jamaica, exported narcotics to the United States, and committed murders in the furtherance of those activities?

    The society must never again allow itself to be lulled into a conspiracy of silence or mis-direction by allowing euphemisms such as “community leader” to be used to describe gangsters like Coke, or accepting statements such as “West Kingston is the safest community in Jamaica” to cloud understanding of the true nature of the criminal activities taking place there.

    Coke could not have achieved the position of influence he held without the active support of co-conspirators in both the public and private sectors. The society must resolve to expose these co-conspirators and bring them to justice wherever possible. This is a minimum requirement if we are to maintain any shred of credibility within the community of nations.

    Finally, the Opposition demands that Campaign Financing Legislation be tabled and passed before the next general election to help ensure that probity and transparency become hallmarks of our political activity. If telecoms legislation is sufficiently important to be prepared in six weeks as the Prime Minister announced last week in Parliament, then legislation that helps guarantee our democracy must certainly be an even greater priority.

    Jamaica deserves better and we the Opposition demand better for the sake of our country and its well-thinking citizens.

    Sept. 06, 2011

  141. Jamaican Wikileaks cause traffic jam on the road to Damascus.

    MINISTER of Justice, Delroy Chuck, has hit out at what he describes as the high level of corruption in the country’s court system.

    “I know that persons in the court system are being paid to hide and or destroy files. One of the major complaints of one particular Department in this Ministry is the inability to find files once they are sent to the courts. There is a conspiracy going on where persons in the justice system are being paid to hide files, so when the case comes up, the judge can’t start the case and so it goes nowhere,” Chuck said.

    “I have seen it in the court system, where persons pay off the police to say they can’t find the witness and pay for documents to be destroyed. That is the level of corruption in the justice system,” he added.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-moves-to-wipe-out-court-corruption#ixzz1XDIPLVL7

  142. TCIB‟s auditors had made it known to the bank that they believed that an additional $7 million of liquidity was required immediately; this figure presumably reflected the fact that deposits of close to that amount relating to the Olint litigation were expected to be withdrawn from the bank in the near future.

    – with the benefit of full hindsight, it is clear that the FSC should have
    acted sooner and more forcefully

    Click to access tcib.pdf

  143. Is the name Luis Solar or Luis Sola? BTW, if you live in TCI, why is your boat in Cayman? I thought you and David Smith was best buddies? TCI FX>>>>>

  144. “Those boats, and we use some of them right now, are unsafe. They are a fire hazard, and this makes them dangerous to the lives of the policemen and women,” Sergeant White told the Observer at the time.
    His view was shared by the then Opposition spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith. “The go-fast boats are not boats that should be used for patrols. They are susceptible to explosions,” Smith said then as he criticised the Government for a shortage of patrol boats for the Marine Police.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JDF-boat-stolen#ixzz1XM3zwmkh

    MikeD? Olint Sola is an American living in Panama. TCI FX is or was a feeder John Wildish, Labour, Supreme V, St Ann’s, Chicken, Jireh, Privy, Dextra.


  145. supernumerary |ˌsoōpərˈn(y)oōməˌrerē|
    present in excess of the normal or requisite number, in particular
    • (of a person) not belonging to a regular staff but engaged for extra work.


  146. There is a major criminal investigation into B.S. in the United States and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). In the US, unique Vacations employees have been questioned and the the TCI an effort is being made to determine why Beaches/Sandals paid a large bribe to Missick, of course it was to obtain B.S.’s Belonger Status.

    This information cannot be suppressed any longer.


    I hear you constantly asking that those who rule over us be transparent, I would like to point out that our leaders both elected and appointed talk about transparency and how it is so important for those who run the public’s business to be open and transparent, but as I am realizing this is only talk.

    As Solomon would say, ‘he that walketh with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools he shall be destroyed’ and as we all know Solomon was a wise man who inherited in excess of 3,450 metric tons of gold from his dad King David, and as the good book shows added to these reserves in a big way. (1 Chronicles 23vs 14 and 29vs3)


  148. Delicate Moment In Our History

    On the face of it, it is a little strange. Despite a bloody gun battle in which the security forces storm a barricaded Tivoli during which more than six dozen people are killed, and despite successfully hiding out in rural Jamaica, Dudus is held meekly in a car on his way into Kingston in the company of someone close to the prime minister’s office. Once in custody in Jamaica, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke does not resist extradition to the United States of America on charges of drug and firearm trafficking; he goes willingly.

    US prosecutors confront Coke with the evidence against him: confidential informers are prepared to testify, implicating him in five murders, including one in which Coke “used a chainsaw to kill someone who had stolen drugs from him”.

    He has previous convictions in the US, and so is not entitled to leniency.

    He pleads guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. He faces a maximum sentence of 23 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after 10 years of good behaviour. A good deal, if you ask me! If someone told me that Dudus had a highly paid lobbyist working behind the scenes in the US, trying to get him a reduced sentence, I would have no reason to disbelieve him.

    Dudus admits in open court in front of the judge of being guilty of much more than that. The British newspaper, The Telegraph, of September 2, 2011 reports: “Coke, 42, told a judge in New York: ‘I’m pleading guilty because I am’. He said: ‘I also ordered the purchase of firearms and the importation of those firearms into Jamaica’.”

    But despite being extradited from Jamaica to the USA on gunrunning charges, and despite the fact that he openly admits being guilty of gunrunning, Coke will not be held accountable for bringing deadly weapons and ammunition into Jamaica.

    It takes at least two to have a telephone conversation…

    Is the Jamaican State going to move against these politically aligned criminals? Or are we waiting on the US, the UK and Canada to do it?

    Take note: Dudus was not found guilty in a US court of law, which might have raised a doubt of whether he was framed. Dudus pleaded guilty! By his own admission he is a racketeer, and a drug lord and a gunrunner.

    And if the private sector is really as innocent as it would like us to believe, it must cease funding these two corrupt political parties.

    We are at a delicate moment in our history. We could make a great leap forward.


  149. Are we really going to swap one Olint “leader” for another Olint “leader?”

    Tufton for Golding?

    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that i emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.


  150. “But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement…”

    “What I did was inexcusable.”

  151. Jamaica Plummets In Competitiveness Rankings

    Jamaica scored its lowest ever global competitiveness ranking, slipping 12 spots to 107 at the same time it attained the dubious title as the world’s worst macroeconomy, according to the annual competitiveness index released Wednesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    Jamaica, which ranked 67th in the world in 2006-07, has nose-dived to 107 among 142 countries.

    The competitive ranking measures 12 criteria; Jamaica performed the worst in the category of macroeconomic environment.

    Jamaica’s fall to the bottom as the world’s worst macroeconomy occurred during a period when the country is experiencing 30-year low interest rates, and has the lowest inflation rate in 20 years. It also happened in the midst of the largest drop in the murder rate in 20 years.

    Crime and security continues to be the greatest concern amongst Jamaicans, said the report. Efforts to speak with the Jamaican contributors to the research at Mona School of Business were unsuccessful.

    “The highest drops in the region have been experienced in some countries of Central America – for example, in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Jamaica – mainly due to a deterioration of the security conditions,” stated the report.


    “The economy has not been in such dire straits since the economic stagnation referred to as the “lost decade” of the 1970s.”


  152. Shaw insisted he expects any effect from the global economic downturn to be short-lived, but that adjustments to the medium-term plan would still be required.


    How much more must Jamaica take of this fool.

  153. ‘Poor judgment and failure to act’

    The fact that the FSC was tasked with carrying out its own investigation into its handling of the bank was previously met with some suspicion among islanders.

    The FSC acknowledges that, in hindsight, it should have acted “sooner and more forcefully” to compel the bank to adopt more prudent behaviour.

    But it maintains that even if it had, the seriousness of the bank’s problems meant the outcome was unlikely to have been any different.

    However local economics expert John Hartley declared the report a “whitewash”. He accused its authors of employing deliberately innocuous language to cloud the FSC’s own culpability.

    “What’s between the lines is more interesting that what is written,” he said.
    “It’s clear from the report that the FSC has no idea how to regulate a bank.”


  154. Commissioner Sir Robin Auld’s lengthy document detailed a disturbing litany of ostensible kickbacks and under-the-table payoffs to erstwhile government ministers by the pair and others.

    Mr Wetherell added: “I believe that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands deserve to see the entirety of the final report.”

    Dr Kinay is accused of bribing former Premier Michael Misick with a $500,000 “secret gift”, while Mr Hoffman was said to have bestowed “lavish hospitality” on government ministers in return for favours including heavily discounted Crown land.

    Visit http://turksandcaicosislands.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/commission-of-inquiry/ to view the final report in its entirety.

  155. In one correspondence, purportedly from Robertson and sent from a close relative’s email account, a request was made for Smith to provide “support” that would “make a meaningful difference to the Jamaica Labour Party’s success”. The email included a local bank account number.

    “I can’t remember. I send hundreds of emails and I am not denying that I am aware or have knowledge or know David,” Robertson said.

    “I am not denying that there was contact.I am denying nothing but in terms of that specific, I can’t answer that.”


    Robertson added that it was quite possible that a request was made, but he would have to check his records.

    Robertson suggested that the person behind the recent spate of emails should come forward.

    “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.

    Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding advised CDA that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) would not comply with the USG’s extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke on “technical grounds” and that a dipnote to that effect is being prepared (Reftel A). During a later telephone conversation with the CDA, Foreign Minister (FM) Kenneth Baugh clarified that the dipnote will not be a refusal to comply with the extradition treaty but a request for additional information.

    News of the noncompliance of the extradition request will likely hit the media soon after the dip note is released, and post requests guidance as to how to proceed. Post proposes a statement that confirms receipt of the GOJ’s dip note, acknowledges that the request was denied and the USG’s disappointment, and states that the USG will study the dipnote in greater detail before making further comment. Post awaits receipt of dip note scheduled for Friday, September 18, or early next week.

  157. Pattypage73@Aol.Com said

    August 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm
    Hi all again
    Glad to see you guys are still here after all these years. Just checking in after the verdict that was handed down today. Glad to see justice has been somewhat served. Now any word on dwight tony williamson and UWIN AKA ULOSE. what’s up with him? haven’t heard a peep?


    Fitz said

    September 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    I think Dwight Tony Williamson needs to tells us where are our funds. He also offered offshore packages through Royal Scandia. I have invested and I can’t locate anyone to talk to about this. The UWIN website in now closed. How do I get redress.


    Llewelyn said

    September 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I had money in Lewfam and Visions and Kingdom. I am being told by a lawyer that a direct claim to frozen monies of Olint is out of the question. She says, however that feeders who accepted money tend to pay up very quickly once legal proceedings are brought against them.

    The lawyer went on to say that actually the people who invested via feeders have far greater success rate in having their money returned. Apparently a feeder who says they gave the money to David Smith have no legal argument and are themselves liable.

    My Aunt also gave money to the daughter of a prominent politician. She was acting as an agent for Olint. Should my aunt sue the politicians daughter?

  158. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110909/business/business5.html

    Here goes the Gleaner again telling lies. Everyone knows that no investment could make more than 10% and that Olint was the highest payor in town with his expert trading skills.

  159. “VICTIMS” that have made claim to the Court

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”

    Hon B. Golding


    Tarn Peralto $10,660.00
    Derrick Sith $66,427.97
    Access Financial Sevices Ltd $30,985.00
    Mario Anderson $73,587.52
    Azan, Khaleel Michael Jameel $315,830.00
    Bangertar, Constance $30,265.19
    Brenan, Luke and Colleen $470,375.00
    Chang, Raymond C $4,980.00
    Chong, Lukkee $19,985.00
    Christian Helen $29,989.00
    Chutkan Noelle / Winston $45,018.00
    Coke, Barrington & Diane $72,575.00
    Dr Shirley Cole $8,988.00
    Major Richard ES $39,848.00
    Cornerstone Ministries $21,698.00
    Covenant City Church $60,039.38
    Marguerite Cremin $23,864.00
    Crown Arrow Investments $14,995.00
    Glaister Cunnigham $23,190.62
    Juliet Cuthburt $27,609.45
    Vernon DaCosta $32,980.00
    Dennis Daley $52,075.00
    Wayne DeCosta $187,940.00
    Ainsley Deer $66,080.00
    Lorcan Delisser $172,445.00
    Sandra Donaldson $93,930.00
    DVI Consultants $4,985.00
    Winston A Dwyer $201,089.00

  160. Turks and Caicos Islanders “On Trial” and Punished for Corruption? New Political Fall Out From UK Ru

    The entire islands and citizens are under criminal suspicion, says the UK, which is why they are entrenched in Turks and Caicos. Included in the scrutiny are many resort developers in the islands. They have been zeroed in for corruption as well by the UK for varying different reasons. Butch Stewart the owner of Sandals/Beaches and the most popular family resort, has been accused of corruption by the UK government.

    There has been no trial or any specific allegations made public against Butch Stewart other than he was granted Belonger status in Turks and Caicos which is not a crime. Mr. Stewart’s home was ransacked for evidence which turned up no evidence of any corruption, yet he is still being accused in the media (TCI Journal) and continues to be intimidated by the UK prosecution team as well as other resort developers that were established before the UK took over.

    We have a new governor that is a MI6 agent. You know, it’s crazy right now. People have been keeping their head low, but that could change now that this new constitution shows us this isn’t blowing over and they are not respecting us.”

    Another local business man, a lawyer, said, “I am leaving Turks and Caicos. The political situation is too crazy and uncertain. Strange new things are coming out every day, making me worry ‘what’s next?’. I know a lot of people are leaving, like I am. The people who stay and make excuses to live in this quality of life can ring me up when we decide to move forward with independence. But, I am not putting my life on the line here, it’s quickly becoming a wasteland”.


  161. Towards the end of last week some damaging WikiLeaks revelations in which JLP bigwigs have been named in a most unfavourable light will make it most difficult for the JLP administration to mount a credible challenge in its efforts to fend off these damaging accusations.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Should-the-JLP-apologise-over-Dudus-_9657578#ixzz1XfjUalNj

  162. “A fool and his money are soon parted”

    Victims filing claims Continued

    Joel Downer $8,484.00
    Simone Dunbar $14,995.00
    Brian Dunn $2,960.00
    Wayne / Nicola Ebanks $880,955.00
    Daniel Tafari Edwards $4,487.00
    Dr Hopeton Falconer / Kai Anne Falconer $34,620.00
    Colleen Flynn $5,995.00
    Jean Fraser $447,030.00
    Edward Gabbidon $6,075.00
    Daniella Gentles $4,990.00
    Ramsford Hamilton $47,142.34
    Dr Lloyd Goldson $1,329,308.00
    Barbara Gottgens $12,170.50
    Mark Van Ryck de Groot $300,095.00
    Dr John Harriot $52,110.73
    Robert Harris $23,968.00
    Casley Heholt $76,065.00
    Dr Phillip Henry $5,980.00
    Sophia McDonald James $6,793.00
    Sophia Jardine $15,553.83
    Anthony Johnson $16,995.00
    Christopher Kean $43,572.00
    Charles and Cynthia Lalor $60,030.00
    Stephen Lazarus $29,995.00
    Neville Ledgister $19,990.00
    John G Leiba $219,910.00

  163. Why didn’t these people come forward? What did they do to help? What did they do to actively thwart law enforcement?

    Why do they come through the back door. Sneaking? Asking for money after backing David Smith?

    So many “officers of the court” never made a statement or lifted a finger in the pursuit of justice? Strange?

    Are they seeking something for doing nothing?

    How come some “party faithfuls” were taken care of and some “lifelong diehards” were left out?

    Motty says these people were GREEDY. Motty have you seen the names here. Close to home?

    Much more real interesting names to come…

    3:42 am Eastern Standard Time.

  164. Aside the multitude of Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Ministers (Religion & Government) etc.

    How come two newly installed AMBASSADORS never helped the foreign law enforcement? Even when they were close to David Smith?

    No help for the Jamaican victims abroad?

    What do we really want to teach our Jamaicans in the Diaspora about us?

    Did nothing?

    How Come?

    How Come?

    How Come?

  165. Moss takes a Loss: Mildred Moss $34,995.00

    “Sterling does quite a bit of trading as internationally traded bonds make up most of our portfolio,” he said. “Our trading volume has picked up significantly in 2009 and we expect this trend to continue throughout this year.”

    He is waiting for the industry to open up. In the meantime, the company is on a campaign to showcase the talent in the organisation, with the latest advertisement this week focussed on David Weir, head of investment and client services.


    David Weir $69,960.00

    Think and Check? FSC?

  166. 15 August 2011

    Dear Members;
    On August 11, 2011 our Trader Mr. David Smith was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in the Orlando Florida Federal Court. He is to serve this sentence concurrently with the sentence of six (6) years in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is cold comfort for us all as this does not avail us the opportunity of our funds being returned to us. We along with the Association of Concerned Olint Members ACOM of which we are a part are staying in contact with the US Authorities. We have submitted a claim to the U. S. Attorney’s Office, Asset Recovery & Victims Rights Division in Orlando Florida, USA and wait to see what funds have been unearthed to be dispersed to investors. This indeed has been a trying time for all of us, we must continue to pray and stay focused on our quest for reimbursement. Please continue to visit the ACOM website; http://acomaction.net for further updates.
    LewFam Mangement

  167. He said the deal, in which he acquired the 48.9 per cent of the company that was held by Mildred Moss, Winston Hepburn and Wallace Nelson, was concluded in March, but declined to disclose how much he paid for the shares, or other terms of the acquisition.

    Wallace Nelson $147, 095.98


  168. Jordan supercasino secret deal was personally approved by prime minister

    Exclusive: Documents reveal Ma’arouf al-Bakhit gave green light to contract for Dead Sea Casino, despite public denials

    A recently released 2008 WikiLeaks cable includes a report from the then US ambassador to Jordan, David Hale, on the earlier stages of the Dead Sea Casino scandal and cites the figure of $1.4bn as the contract cancellation penalty, as well as attempts by the Jordanian government to offer Oasis – which is seeking damages – alternative development land as compensation.


  169. “VICTIMS” that have made claim for their losses to the Court, Continued

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”
    Hon O.B. Golding

    Lissant Mitchell $114,928.94
    Mildred Moss $34,995.00
    David Weir $69,960.00
    Wallace Nelson $147,095.98
    Millennium Financial $198,635.00
    Horace Messado $ 19,984.00
    Kurt/Joanne Miller $ 189, 990.00
    Andrew Mills $ 6,048.27
    Bryan McNab $ 89,995.00
    Godfrey McAllister $ 150,000.00
    Dr. Winston McCalla $ 57,098.00

  170. Other “fools” with money problems (continued)

    Venezuela Tightens Oil Supplies To Jamaica

    It appears that there is a major problem at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (Petrojam).

    Well-placed Government sources said Venezuela is now tightening its exports to Jamaica under the Petro Caribe agreement.

    As a result, Petrojam is reportedly being forced to buy oil at a on the spot market to fill the shortfall putting pressure on its cash flow.

    Under the PetroCaribe arrangement, Jamaica pays only 60 per cent of the cost of the oil from Venezuela.

    The remainder is set aside as a loan which is payable over 20 years at an interest rate of one per cent.


  171. Interest rate of 1% for 20 years. That’s lower rates than JDX default!!!

  172. EDITORIAL – Peter Bunting Has A Point

    Peter Bunting could hardly resist the claim that he is intent on gaining mileage for the People’s National Party (PNP). But even if that was his sole motivation, it doesn’t diminish the fundamental logic of the argument that he proffered.

    Indeed, the question is worth asking – whether a country into its 50th year of Independence, as Jamaica now is, should rely almost entirely on law-enforcement agencies of foreign countries to prosecute and convict its well-connected criminals.

    In this case, Mr Bunting, the PNP general secretary, referred to the Ponzi scheme operator, David Smith, and more particularly, Christopher Coke, the Tivoli Gardens mobster, who, in a deal with prosecutors, recently pleaded guilty in a United States federal court in New York to conspiracies related to the importation of narcotics into the US and an assault on a drug dealer in New York.


  173. Names of business persons who met with Henry Bellingham in TCI revealed in House of Lords

    The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford) replied: “The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend the Member for North West Norfolk (Mr Bellingham) met a number of leading business people during his visit including the following at a dinner on Providenciales on 16 July: Mr Cecil Arnold, Manager – Scotia Bank; Mr John Phillips, Mac Motors; Mr Andrew Mann, Tropical Images; Mr Albray Butterfield Jr, Butterfield Gold; Mr Kevin Froemming, President, Unique Vacations- Beaches; Mr Clayton Thomas, La Vele; Mr Drexwell Seymour, General Manager – Lime; Ms Tanya Parnell, Chamber of Commerce; Mr Washington Misick, Prestigious Properties and Mr Lou Patane, Property Developer.”


  174. Phone hacking: James Murdoch recalled by MPs
    News Corp boss to face fresh questions about whether he knew News of the World hacking went further than one reporter


  175. From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that I emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.


    President of the JHTA, Evelyn Smith, yesterday said that 122 buyer delegates have already confirmed their attendance, with North America, the United States and Canada accounting for the majority.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Good-news-for-tourism_9702773#ixzz1XwergJcx

    Jamaica, JAMPRO….you a fooling yourselves.

  176. If G2K knows information that can lead to the arrest and charge of persons involved in criminal activities, and refuses to divulge it, that organisation is equally guilty. Why should we be convinced that G2K and the Jamaica Labour Party have the country’s interest at heart?


  177. Banks under new pressure as ‘rogue trader’ loses $2bn
    Kweku Adoboli, a UBS investment bank trader remains in police custody amid allegations that he cost the Swiss bank £1.2bn

    Pressure to accelerate reform of the banking industry is mounting as a star trader at the UBS investment bank remained in police custody in London amid allegations that he was at the heart of a rogue trading incident that has cost the Swiss bank about $2bn (£1.2bn).

    Police said he was being held on suspicion of “fraud by abuse of position”.

    The Nottingham University graduate’s arrest coincided with the third anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and sparked a 10% fall in UBS’s shares as it warned it might make a third-quarter loss.

    UBS, which had been fighting to restore its reputation after it became one of the biggest continental European casualties of the 2008 banking crisis, alerted City of London police at 1am on Thursday after it uncovering alleged “unauthorised trading” in the late afternoon and embarked on a wide-ranging internal investigation.

    “The man was taken to a City of London police station for questioning and he remains in custody while officers are continuing to investigate this matter,” police said.

    Staff were said to be stunned as Adoboli and his colleagues were regarded as “stars” by their colleagues and top management

    The Serious Fraud Office may also become involved after it said it was “seeking discussions” with the bank, the City of London police and the FSA about how to proceed if fraud needed to be investigated. The SFO had already issued a warning about the “inherent dangers” of ETFs because of their complexity.

    On 6 September, the Swiss National Bank warned that it would no longer allow one Swiss franc to be worth more than €0.83 – equivalent to SFr1.20 to the euro. “The Swiss currency moved by 8% straight away which is a huge move for foreign exchange markets.

    Amid concerns about the health of Europe’s banking system, Oakeshott told a debate on the Vickers reforms in the Lords that “this reminds us how much toxic banking risk remains in the system, and how urgent radical reform is”.

    He added: “The problem is that big investment banks are full of rogue traders: it is what they do.”


  178. Cancelled – British Airways Pulling Out Of Sangster Airport Again

    The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association president, Evelyn Smith, has described the news as “unfortunate”, particularly during a distressing period when the country is facing the uncertainty of the world economy.


    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that I emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.

  179. British Airways Flight Situation Concerns JHTA

    Following news reports, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association has expressed concern about British Airways stopping flights to Jamaica by March next year.

    The airline reportedly plans to cancel its two weekly flights from London into Montego Bay.

    JHTA president Evelyn Smith has described the cancellation as a sad loss.


    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that I emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.


    Crosses…we are reaping crosses..

  180. Responding to questions (which were submitted to the G-G’s office before the publication of the July 3 to 9 story) about the church’s billion dollar investment in Inter-Trade, the Governor-General said that entity was registered with the Financial Services Commission until its recent delisting.

    “The West Indies Union with my knowledge and acquiescence, as chair made an investment after its managing director solicited us and we satisfied ourselves that they were legitimate and met FSC requirements.


  181. Tears, then a smile, as ‘rogue trader’ is charged with three-year fraud

    The man at the heart of the rogue trading scandal that has plunged Swiss investment banking giant UBS into turmoil wept yesterday as he faced fraud charges in the largest case of its kind to hit the Square Mile.

    The unauthorised trade is likely to send the bank crashing to a third quarter loss, although it is expected to be profitable in the full year. Experts believe it will wipe out any bonuses for the investment bankers in 2011.

    Talk emerged yesterday that the bank would also move to restructure its operations and heavily cut jobs in its investment banking division. This comes only weeks after it announced it was to cut 3,500 jobs, many of which are be based in London.

    The mood was sombre in UBS’s London offices as investment bankers came to terms with the news that the £1.3bn losses could leave them without a bonus and possibly cost them their jobs.

    The announcement of the fraud had been met with anger on Thursday, as traders said that two years of progress, after the bank had struggled during the credit crunch, had been thrown away.

    Yesterday, however, reality set in amid rumours that UBS would restructure its investment arm, weeks after announcing thousands of job cuts in the division. A trader who regularly speaks to counterparts at the Swiss bank said: “Basically everyone knows they’re getting zero bonus now. It’s very sombre over there.”

    Contracts for staff at the investment banking group include clawback provisions but UBS would not comment yesterday on whether this case would activate them.


  182. Groups Demand Campaign Financing Reform

    A coalition of civil and private sector groups is demanding that the parliament pass and operationalise campaign financing laws before the next general elections.

    The letter from the coalition was signed by 15 groups including the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Jamaica Council of Churches and Jamaicans for Justice.


    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that I emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.

  183. Outspoken Tax Administration Enforcement team member sidelined

    Well-placed Tax Administration Jamaica sources have revealed that outspoken member of the Special Enforcement Team of Tax Administration Jamaica, Gladstone Turner, has been confined to desk duties.

    The Special Enforcement Team had gone to the Ricky Vaz owned Auto Traders 2000 Limited on Old Hope Road, to collect outstanding taxes.

    Mr. Vaz is the brother of Information Minister Daryl Vaz, who has since publicly denied any involvement in the aborted exercise.

    When contacted, Director of Communications at Tax Administration Jamaica, Meris Haughton said the issue concerning Mr. Turner was not something she could comment on.


    From: Shalimar (shalimar@kasnet.com)
    To : Peter Bovell
    Peter, further to our conversation, i am trying to make arrangements to be back in Jamaica Thursday May 24, 2007 by 11:00 am. In order to make a Teachers Day function which i am hosting at Beaches Boscobel St. Mary. Kindly let me know if you can asist me on the availability of the plane. Thanks. Daryl.

  184. Carpet and chairs found in possession of the usual suspects!

    The US$62,000 worth of items were leased from a supplier in Puerto Rico by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in January for use at Caribbean Marketplace — the first event to be held at the facility.

    Arrangements were said to have been later made between the supplier, Exhibition Services Inc (ESI), and the UDC for the items to be purchased to outfit the state-of-the art facility but that deal fell through, the Observer has learnt.

    A source told the Observer that the chairs were only discovered to be missing in July, after Customs requested more than $2 million on the suspended Customs’ duty which was granted to the JHTA with the understanding that the items would have been returned following the conclusion of the major tourism trade show.

    The JHTA is said to have sought the prime minister’s intervention last month after several letters to the UDC went unanswered.

    The JHTA made it clear that the supplier intends to visit Jamaica soon to retrieve his property.
    “Unfortunately, he will need to be advised that his 3,000 folding chairs and 70,000 square feet of carpet left in the care of the UDC/Montego Bay Convention Centre cannot be located,” the JHTA pointed out.
    In a statement to the media yesterday, the JHTA confirmed the disappearance of the items but declined to reveal much more.
    “In the light of the fact that the matter is being handled by the police it would be inappropriate for the JHTA to comment further at this time,” said JHTA President Evelyn Smith.
    She confirmed that the JHTA sought the intervention of the prime minister after efforts to assist the supplier to retrieve the items failed.
    Meanwhile, Carrole Guntley, director general in tourism ministry, one of the organisers of Marketplace, also wrote to the UDC.


  185. Reclaiming Dudus Truths From Spin Doctors

    As with the Manatt commission of enquiry, where the most highly paid members of the legal profession sought to do everything in their power to thwart the pursuit of the truth, so in response to the Bunting declaration and pledge, the big guns of the legal profession have set about to vilify him.

    Bunting’s candour

    Their attack upon Peter Bunting is richly undeserved. Bunting is a banker of repute. His stewardship as a member of parliament, both at the constituency level and in the House, has been admirable and worthy of emulation. When I interviewed him on radio on his pledge to see to the rule of law and bring to justice co-conspirators in the campaign of murder that has painted Jamaica in blood, he gave his own personal testimony.

    He spoke about the dreaded Friday night just before the 2007 election when four of his constituents, including three women in Central Manchester, were brutally murdered by gunmen from western Kingston. It is their blood that he believes should be atoned for, along with the blood of countless numbers of other Jamaicans.

    From the spectacles through which learned and expensive attorneys view such a declaration, they see it as necessarily partisan. It is the PNP campaigning on Dudus. These learned attorneys advance this argument without citing either case law or evidence to support their argument; they are running on reputation alone.

    Let us take one of the central arguments advanced by learned counsel in his tirade against Bunting. Learned counsel asserted as follows:

    “During the 1990s, companies controlled by Dudus benefited directly or indirectly from the award of very lucrative government contracts. Dudus thrived and grew into the fiend we now know and most Jamaicans fear while the PNP was in government with the responsibility to protect us from monsters like him.”

    A search of the contractor general’s website found not a single contract awarded to any company associated with Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke during the 1990s. It is incumbent on counsel to provide the evidence to the contrary. In fact, the first award of any contract came from the KSAC under the stewardship of that erstwhile citizen of Western Kingston, His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Desmond McKenzie.

    There can be no doubt that the direct involvement of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, JLP financiers, and the entire apparatus of the Jamaican State being used to frustrate the extradition of Dudus puts the issue of the political connection of Dudus beyond doubt. He was, and remains, a key JLP operative, and the JLP feared that extraditing him stood to disembowel their political apparatus in Jamaica. There is no denying that fact, no matter how expensive the pens that assert otherwise.

    At the heart of the shooting of the messenger by those who have made it a fine art in Jamaica is the belief that everyone is compromised. There is no one remaining in the political class or anywhere with the credit and credibility to lead that fight. This is palpably not the case. When the Manatt commission of enquiry was in session, it was clear that from a point of view of the weight of numbers, many of the leading legal lights in Jamaica, many QCs, were on the side of frustrating the pursuit for the truth. Yet there were two other QCs, K.D. Knight and Patrick Atkinson. Both remained relentless and undaunted by the opposition to the cause of the truth, and when it was over, they had prevailed in the minds of most well-thinking Jamaicans, the truth was no longer hidden from them.

    There are many of our politicians who are compromised and lack credibility to speak up in the aftermath of Dudus’ guilty plea. But there are many who are not.

    I say to Peter, do not be dissuaded by those that are against the cause of right. They that are with you are more than they that are against you. If you get the opportunity, pursue the co-conspirators who participated in and benefited from the criminal enterprise called the Shower Posse, that infamous murder machine. There are allegations of at least 12 murders perpetrated by Dudus in the pursuit of his crimes, which require Jamaican law to take its course. Take note of those who oppose you at the beginning. They will oppose you and support those who oppose you in the end. But do not lose courage and do not lose sight of your objectives


  186. Former ATL execs to return to court Oct 11

    The prosecution is expected to disclose further documents to the defence.
    Accused Patrick Lynch, Dr Jeffery Pyne and Catherine Barber are facing the court as a result of a high-level multi-million-dollar investigation into the ATL Group pension scheme.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-ATL-execs-to-return-to-court-Oct-11_9738315#ixzz1YJ6zC1nN

  187. Tax enforcement team grounded

    The government is silent on the issue, but the Gladstone Turner led Special Enforcement Team (SET), which seizes assets of delinquent taxpayers has been grounded.

    Answering questions, which did not arise from the abortive attempt to seize Auto Traders’ assets, Haughton pointed out that cases are assigned to SET when all other compliance efforts to collect monies from delinquent taxpayers have been exhausted.


  188. “Comrades, friends, Jamaicans all – enough is enough is enough. The curtains must come down now on Bruce Golding and his inept crew of vagabonds, derelicts and indolents,” the PNP chairman said.

    According to Bunting, the governing party has made missteps after missteps.

    He warned that: “Those who cannot learn from history are bound to repeat it.”


    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  189. More Jamaicans facing US Indictment?

    The stage for our current problems was set by ministers of the previous elected government, and its bureaucrats – some of whom are still in their old executive positions, which entered into a corrupt contract with Delroy Howell of Jamaica and his then newly created company, Southern Health Network, SHN. (As Sir Robin Auld showed, this company was created just days before it received the Government contract.) That enterprise defrauded the TCI almost $40 million dollars and is under investigation and we believe near indictment in both the United States and the TCI. SHN left the TCI with millions of dollars in unpaid bills and its citizens not welcome at most of the major hospitals in South Florida.


  190. Jah jah
    Reading this article makes me very happy that the only decision i have to make is whether to retire to JA or not,I think not.I suspect most well thinking Jamaicans are now activating contingenies for the expected cataostorphic disaster in the form of the PNP.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/As-the-PNP-scents-victory—_9746903#ixzz1YPkHCYSC

    It is not the 1970’s this time. The Feds and Scotland yard and mounties waiting on you to arrive this time. Waiting to put the bangle on your hands. Do not delay. Make your “contigenies” (your spelling Jah jah) quickly. For the list is looooooonggg….

  191. Information Minister pours scorn on PNP’s employment initative

    “It is very easy for the opposition to speak with no substance, when you get rid of the huff, the puff and the bluff there has to be some substance, what I saw yesterday and over the last four years is hollow and shallow, no depth, nothing to put on the table as an alternative, other to critcise what is being done” said Mr. Vaz.

    From: Shalimar (shalimar@kasnet.com)
    To: David Smith
    David, thanks very much for your donation towards West Portland Christmas Treats. It will go a far way in helping to make these children feel the Christmas Spirit. I would like to use this medium to wish you and your family a healthy happy christmas and I am sure that 2007 will be better than 2006 for both you and I :-). Look forward to seeing you in Jamaica early in the New Year and remember that my house in portland is yours whenever you wish to visit http://www.villapointofview,com You can take a look and maybe it will entice you to come sooner. Blessings. Daryl.

  192. 2011 better for you Smitty?

  193. What Of The Promised SLB Reform, Minister?

    We are well into the first month of the new school year and there is still no word from Finance Minister Audley Shaw about a promised revision of interest rates on loans issued by the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB).

    Shaw, during his Budget presentation in Parliament in April, had said he would report to the nation by August on the direction the Government plans to take regarding the SLB.

    At that time, Shaw had announced lower lending rates and signalled that even lower rates were not far away.


    To: David Smith
    From: Audley Shaw (fitzalbert_2@ yahoo.com)
    David, as promised, I’m sending you the JLP Manifesto for 2007. Thanks for everything including your companionship yesterday. Regards and compliments. Audley.

  194. Floridian:

    “You are not entitled to profits promised from the
    investment. Your loss is calculated as follows: Money you actually invested, minus any money you got back from withdrawals, interest or any reason.”

    To Whom it May Concern:
    The Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996 requires the federal probation office to
    provide notice of the following information to all identified victims harmed as a result of the
    commission of a federal offense. Our records indicate you may be a victim of the abovecited
    case. Federal law entitles you to receive notice of the defendant’s conviction and
    his/her sentencing date. Also, as a result of the defendant’s crime, you may be entitled to
    be compensated with restitution, and you have the right to prepare the enclosed declaration.
    On March 29, 2011 , Defendant David A. Smith
    was convicted of Wire Fraud & Money Laundering . The Sentencing Hearing will be
    held on August 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. , at the United States
    District Courthouse, located at 401 West Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida
    before the Honorable Mary S. Scriven . Your attendance at this proceeding
    is not required, but you are welcome to attend if you choose.
    In the event you are awarded restitution by the Court in this case, it is your responsibility to
    notify the United States Attorney’s Office in this district and the Clerk of the Court of any
    change in your mailing address while restitution is still owed. This information will be
    maintained confidentially.
    Finally, if you are awarded restitution by the Court, you may request that the Clerk of the
    Court issue an Abstract of Judgment to you, certifying that a judgment has been entered in
    your favor in the amount specified by the Court. When the abstract is registered, recorded,
    docketed, or indexed in accordance with state law, it acts as a lien upon the property of the
    defendant within the state, and is enforceable in the same manner and to the same extent
    as a judgment of a court of general jurisdiction.

    Floridian, you are in for a big surprise…..

  195. floridian with a common f you speaking too? Just what big surprise is “floridian” in for?


  196. Surprise me? on OLINt matters? I have not seen Capital F “Floridian” here for years.

    The clip you quote is ancient Tafari. You have me at a loss there. But you don’t want to be “surprising” me. Deeper than that….

  197. The 46-year-old’s political appointment has not been without some controversy. He was named by media as having a hand in a “secret” deal which saw 1,250 acres of ecologically sensitive land in Middle Caicos sold to developers in 2008.
    Mr Greene told press: “I will use this opportunity to put this to rest. I don’t intend to keep going back to this issue.
    “I don’t spearhead deals, I acted for investors.
    “I am not a part of any deal and have no financial interest in any deal involving land in Middle Caicos.
    “And if I had and I thought that it was corrupt, would I be here exposing myself to that?”
    Attorney Mr Greene, founding partner of Stanfield Greene law firm, said he had an offshoot company which provided management services and incorporated private firms.
    He said such services were his only involvement in the deal.


  198. According to Greene, who was a former Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos Islands:

    “This constitution does not recognize that. It makes the Government of the People subservient to the dictates of those in a far away land and rapes us of our worth as a people. I will never be satisfied and will therefore do everything that I can to hasten the day when we can negotiate the constitution of our choosing.”


  199. The revelations are part of leaked confidential cables released by Wikileaks from the US embassy in Barbados. In the February 3, 2006 cable, Wickham told then ambassador Mary Kramer that “although the opposition charged that China funded the ruling party (2005 elections), most of the money came from wealthy Caribbean expatriates.”

    Wickham confirmed that PM Skerrit did not deny opposition claims that Cayman Island resident Susan Oldie gave $400 000 in exchange for a diplomatic passport.

    With regards to Parris, Wickham confirmed that “the Government rewarded Parris with a particularly friendly business environment and his company will soon finance construction of a new housing development in Dominica. Parris was also named a “Goodwill Ambassador” who will help attract investment to the country.”


  200. Christie fuming over DPP’s finding in LNG case
    Friday, September 23, 2011

    THE finding by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) that there is no direct or circumstantial evidence that Ian Moore and Stephen Wedderburn were guilty of corruption or bid-rigging in the ongoing LNG saga has earned the ire of Contractor General Greg Christie.
    Responding to a September 20 letter in which the ODPP detailed the reasons for its findings, Christie, who has had a stormy relationship with DPP Paula Llewellyn, said the State prosecutor’s office came to its conclusion without considering crucial incriminating facts which, he said, had been communicated to the police.
    “The opinion of the ODPP is, at best, having regard to all of the circumstances of the case, premature,” Christie said in a news release yesterday. “The contractor general conveyed to the commissioner of police highly confidential information, regarding certain matters that were the subject of the OCG’s investigation, which had come into the possession of the OCG during the course of its investigation.”
    Christie said that the “specifics of the information that was relayed to the commissioner was of such a sensitive and pivotal nature that it could not be made public at that time” and “still cannot be made public at this time”.
    In May this year, Christie, in a 609-page report to Parliament, recommended that the Government immediately scrap the tender process for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.
    At the time, Christie alleged that there may have been conspiracy on the part of several individuals to benefit illicitly from the deal struck with “preferred bidder” Exmar Consortium, to supply LNG via a storage and regasification floating facility last year.
    Christie named Moore, former chairman of the board of directors of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ); and Wedderburn, former LNG project co-ordinator for the PCJ, both of Caribbean LNG (Jamaica), which is part of the Exmar Consortium, saying he was leaving it to the DPP and the commissioner of police to determine whether or not “Moore and/or Wedderburn used their offices in a conspiratory, fraudulent, corrupt, clandestine and or surreptitious manner to ensure a future illicit benefit for themselves”.
    At the same time, he recommended that the DPP and the commissioner undertake further investigations into the actions of Moore and Wedderburn with respect to alleged “multiple irregularities and improprieties” identified by his office in the course of the investigations which formally began in September last year.
    But the ODPP, in its report presented by Senior DPP Caroline Hay, said that while the evidence presented by Christie showed that Exmar had a clear advantage when it submitted its proposal to the Technical Evaluation Committee, there was “no evidential, whether direct or circumstantial, basis to draw the inference that their advantageous position was the result of bid-rigging or corruption on the part of Mr Ian Moore or Mr Stephen Wedderburn”.
    Yesterday, Christie said that he was preparing a formal and comprehensive response to the ODPP’s letter.
    At the same time, Moore, who owns 31.2 per cent of Caribbean LNG, maintained that there was nothing untoward or biased about the process and said that he “welcomed the [ODPP] ruling” which has “exonerated” him of “any allegations of bid-rigging and corruption in the procurement process”.
    Moore however said that Christie’s statement was “a most unfortunate attempt to further malign” his reputation and “disrespect the constitutional role of the ODPP and its rulings.
    “The contractor general, a trained lawyer, must know that the director of public prosecution has the constitutional authority to make rulings after considering all information, including information from the police,” Moore said.
    “I wish to underscore the fact that at the time of the bid, Exmar commissioned 100 per cent of all FSRUs in the world. It is against this background that I have always found ludicrous the suggestion that Exmar would have found it necessary to rely on anything but their known competence and experience in the field worldwide to win such a bid,” Moore said.
    Read the ODPP’s letter to the contractor general in your Sunday Observer

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Christie-fuming-over-DPP-s-finding-in-LNG-case_9770907#ixzz1YlAIjaYk

  201. Thanks Paula!!!! You just won $1000 US bet for me! On the Friday too!! God bless you! Easiest bet I ever won. Easiest prediction in a $ea of easy predictions!

    Chi Ching!!

    And because you used no argument of any substance I get an additional bonus US$50.

    Tell the “boys” hi for me 🙂

  202. Nice play on the words Observer “fuming” over “LNG”

    Some potential is there man.

    Anyway thanks again Paula..I going to “collect” right now. Enjoy your “weakend.”

  203. Commiseration’s to you Greg Christie…..commiseration’s…….again..

    commiseration’s……….AS USUAL..


    Will Dor make the “comeback” at OCG?

    Everybody settled in well at BNS? Good…Good…

  204. the most recent statistics coming “hout” of STATIN….Dr. Tufton?

  205. Déjà vu: Return of the dirty e-mail saga

    People have noticed the resurgence of the dirty e-mails that could only have originated in a mental cesspool. These are worse than the previous ones over which the court imposed costs and apologies, and call into question the state of mind of the author. The trouble with technology these days is that it is always possible to track down the author and, in this case, the culprit has been found out. The other problem with e-mails is that they cross borders and a case of wire fraud is also on the cards in the US. When will these folks learn from the mistakes of others? Perhaps only a jail sentence will help. Keep tuned to this spot for the coming Privy Council blockbuster!

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pepper-Pot_9770942#ixzz1YmyfohzX


    1. Only fire 10% of your ammo ever. Always hold 90%
    2. A picture says a thousand words. More powerful than email.
    3. Having the “little ones” sucking on the pipe is good.

    Is this one worth watching?

  206. Ink before you sink

    Many are waiting to see the effect of the letter and wonder whether David Smith should have written one too, stating his genuine pay-back intentions.
    Dudus’s lawyers might say he has not been singing, but then again, they would not be telling, would they?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pepper-Pot_9770942#ixzz1Yn1gEK87

  207. COMMENTS (6)
    Orville Smith
    I remember the days when some cases,especially those involving members of the security forces, were, it seemed automatically dismissed when brought before the ODPP or charges were so delayed that it would amount to Aiding&Abetting the accused in fleeing the jurisdiction.
    Orville Smith
    I would trust Mr. Christie’s judgement anytime over the judgement of anyone in the office of the DPP, including the Director herself. I would also welcome some amendment to the constitution that governs how that office opperates, with a view of making it more transparent and somehow answerable to the people of Jamaica.

    Ainsworth Cole
    JAMAICA’S LNG PROJECT BEEN SET BACK YEARS. Do we really want to do anything that will change our fortunes or are we a bunch of jokers. The Emar bid won and they were it seems the preffered bidder, in all bidding procedure worldwide there as to be a preffered bidder, that usually wins, how else will we choose and accept as a front runner or a favoured bidder that go on to win. There must be loosers, and the people given the task to choose must do so be they govt ministers, civil servant or expert
    Winston Sharpe
    There seems to be a very serious issue here! Christies” credibility is beyond reproach and i would be terribly surprised if he makes public statements without the requisite info to back them up. On the flip side,the dpp has been found wanting on numerous occasions. There are outstanding cases that just might follow her into retirement. How the hell do we fix this!!
    Gregg,you might as well remain calm until your contract end you call it a day.Only the US can deal with these people that we call official.Jamaica’s law only affect the man in the street and the small fish in the police force.
    0o k
    Christie fuming …It’s been a while since he has fumed, I guess he is due one now!

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Christie-fuming-over-DPP-s-finding-in-LNG-case_9770907#ixzz1YnTx7G60

  208. UBS jobs in peril as CEO quits over alleged rogue trader scandal
    Fears for staff at Swiss bank as Oswald Grübel resigns over allegations Kweku Adoboli lost £1.5bn in unauthorised trades

    Fears for hundreds of City jobs were raised on Saturday after the dramatic resignation of the boss of UBS, who fell on his sword following the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) alleged rogue trading scandal that has engulfed the Swiss bank and raised calls for a sweeping overhaul of the “casino” investment banking industry.

    Oswald Grübel resigned to “bear full responsibility for what occurs”


  209. He revealed that the board had tried to convince Grübel, a veteran and highly regarded banker, not to quit until the annual meeting next year but Villiger said Grübel would not stay.

    “It is testimony to his uncompromising principles and integrity,” he said of the former chief executive who has now returned to Zurich after the meeting in Singapore where he was mobbed by reporters asking him if he intended to quit when he left the nine-hour marathon session on Friday night.


  210. the name Sean belcher does NOT appear on the list of personesthat the court ordered to receive restitution.

    You received more than you put in guy. I told you all along that you have nothing more to get. In fact, you should be prosecuted to pay back the excess.

  211. No Clawback, Tafari has a good point there. The amounts on that list out of Hallmark do not correspond to the correct amounts for those “victims” Listed there. Those amounts clearly do not reconcile.

    And the court document clearly states that there is no US$55 million.

    How could large feeders listed there have such low amounts? Clearly their members realise by now that NO money is coming to them whatsoever.

    Connolly had said in Jamaica that if you are with a feeder you need to deal with that on your own.

    I feel it for those people they falsely assume some guardian angel is in the background looking out for their interests. A few who launch the first set of cases against their respective feeder clubs will get through but those who wait and hesitate have no chance at their money ever.

    Also very Strange not seeing Belcher’s name. Why? Are we missing something there?

    The Judge set the tone for the proceeding by reading out his letter and no others. How could he be positive then or why read it if prosecution was on the cards? (SMH)

    The transcript is there for US$450. I have a copy. But unno love freeness to much.

    Unno need to be weened (LOL).

    Clawback i like the name. It’s fitting for the season.

  212. Have you seen the motion put in by Connelly (TCIfx Wildish/Levy) friday for the $1.66 million out of the $5 that is there in total?

    (I thought that camp said Ali McNab had the money?)

    Time for someone to take up the mantle. Clawback? Tafari? Will any of you in your wisdom show your ability?

    Help the blind to see nuh?

  213. Bruce Golding Stepping Down

    JLP Leader Bruce Golding will not seek re-election at the party’s annual general conference in November, and will step down as prime minister as soon as a new leader has been elected.

    According to a statement from Daryl Vaz, minister with responsibility for information, Golding conveyed this decision to the party’s central executive at its quarterly meeting, held at the Belmont Road headquarters today.

    Golding had said he had planned to lead the party into a second term of government and demit office within two years thereafter.

    “The challenges of the last four years have taken their toll and it was appropriate now to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation while mobilizing the party for victory in the next general elections,” the prime minister said.


    Commiseration’s Smitty. He was one you said was a protector for you…but there are more….

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  214. There’s a boat out in Old Harbour being refurbished. Good for retirement.

  215. A “fool” can be parted of many things Mr. Golding…not ONLY money.

  216. Heartfelt sympathies to so many..too many to list right now. Ms Kidd Deans, Nationwide news team, Wilmot “Motty” Perkins..so many..all of you…Hush…

  217. Take a Zantac Hughcliffe…..Demerol Motty..them kind of headache is MIGRAINE

    Oh yes deepest sympathies to Kevin O’Brien Chang, Shalman etc.

  218. Dennis Meadows

    “Coming out of the Manatt issue AND OTHERS…”

  219. Shaw, Holness, Tufton….OLINT OLINT OLINT

  220. Misick gone Golding Gone (before “due” time). It was predicted on this very blog right here. The prediction was never replicated anywhere else as a far as I know. That was 2008.

    Not Jay, not John Doe not Nonco (they predicted Olint’s fall).

    The Misick AND Golding prediction (together) is right here….check the archives…

  221. Debates will begin (or continue) in earnest about age and PM’s in the 40’s year old range.

    Just a quick word on that for a fool who cares to listen.

    Cameron, Milliband and Glegg all fit the age range foolishness blah blah blah

    The fact is the performance has made dismal the new exceptional.

    You see like how they put Todd in TCI as an Ascroft man? Watch and see….

    Plus vote in TCI don’t count in Britain and just as a spritely 62 year old “has fallen and can’t get up” so too any age….age don’t have nothing to do with that

    Let the debates begin. It would be nice to see a spoiler with hands completely clean of the money stolen from the public in OLINT but that would be hard to find….

  222. Donors? I told you the returns although good they been for you are low low low over the medium to long term….you must all be in a tisick

    Phensic Phensic…


    [Editors’ Note: This article by John Hartley is necessary reading by all TCI citizens and residents. We planned to post it last week but were unable to do so due to a software glitch.

    It is the Journal’s view that TCI Attorney General Huw Shepheard, as the people’s attorney, MUST act on behalf of the small depositors of the now defunct TCI Bank, who do not have any resources left (their life savings have been wiped out), to demand restitution from the liable parties in this fiasco.

    If he chooses not to act, he must at the very least give a reason why.

    If he refuses to make a public statement on his own initiative on this matter then the Consultative Forum must demand one from him.]


  224. Sometimes I seriously wonder if Jamaica is literally crumbling before our eyes.

    On Nationwide this morning the ladies interviewed a lawyer for Christopher Coke. Rasen or something like that.

    Nice interview. What was unbelievably omitted was to ask this dude to comment on his earlier statements that Coke would never plead and was going to go to trial.

    It was stated so adamantly at the time and it proved incorrect. And this person is interviewed and not asked to clarify that?

    Are we crumbling Jamaica?

  225. Jay leggo that MikeD comment and file it properly nuh man?


    You see in a time like this: Even no political Jamaicans will be tuning into JLP fm to find out where the level of the mercury is.

    So when you interview this Rasen lawyer who sent Jamaica wide by so adamantly declaring Dudus would never plea and that trial was “bankable” you MUST try and re establish some kind of credibility in the interviewee before asking more questions??/

    Emily, Naomi….YOU KNOW BETTER.

    Why not ask if there is any way at all that Dudus can get more than 23 years?? For it has been said in Ja’s media that that might be possible.

    Let us help Jamaica nuh? educate? and remember some of the foreigners don’t really know “jack” about Jamaica and often their Jamaican “contacts” as lettered as they might be also don’t know Ja’s realities..

    JLP fm and Hughcliffe have a favoured position into Belmont, Bracknell and Millsborough..eben brady’s Cherry Garden.

    This is a real test Hughcliffe for the favoured media. Even non political people need to know as much as possible so as to keep the politicians in line and protect asset and investments.

  226. How Shaw to be Prime Minister with David/Tracy smith and the Australian model!”

    Hughcliffe, Emily, Naomi..”sir farce obedient,” Mason etc….


  227. I knew nothing about meeting at Bradys’ house — Shaw

    FINANCE Minister Audley Shaw — who is considered to be one of the frontrunners for the post of leader of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the face of the resignation of Prime Minister Bruce Golding — is flatly denying reports that he attended a meeting at the home of attorney Harold Brady minutes after Golding made his intention public.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/I-knew-nothing-about-meeting-at-Bradys–house—Shaw#ixzz1ZBeaaExb

    When asked about going to David and Tracey Smith Shaw said….


  228. Golding firm – JLP fails to convince PM to stay
    JLP supporters in disbelief at Golding’s decision

  229. Holness says Government has not collapsed

    Andrew Holness is insisting that the Golding administration has not relinquished political authority.

    In fact, Labour Minister, Pearnel Charles, says Mr. Golding should be in no hurry to provide details to the nation.

    “I don’t have to speak to you if I don’t want to , he is not shying or hiding away from the press, he has no obligation to speak to you… if the nation wants to hear from him it’s Mr Golding’s right to speak to the nation , you can’t determine when he needs to decide that” Mr Charles told reporters.


    Not a very smart retort Mr. Charles. If your dribble represents the attitude of the JLP then the party is in trouble.

  230. Greece should pattern Jamaica Debt Exchange – says Finance Minister

    Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, says Greece should follow the example of Jamaica and restructure its national debt as a first step toward solving its economic crisis.

    Mr. Shaw said in an interview on Tuesday, at Bloomberg headquarters in New York, that Greece should start with a debt exchange.

    From: Audley Shaw fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com
    To: David Smith
    Saturday January 1 2007 4:43PM
    David, happy new year to you, your dear wife and family. I am still hoping to get the info on the fx trading by Australia in dealing with their debt problems. Also, I had given Daryl the necessary information to have the thing activated, and he advised me that he had sent you an email in that regard. I’m told you might be here next week. I would like to see you as I have two persons who would like to meet with you. Please let me know. Regards. Audley.
    dsmith@kasnet.com wrote:
    Hi Mr Shaw,
    Unfortunately I am just seeing your email, I will find out how you can get Information on the Australian Govts fx trading and let
    you Know.
    Also My schedule is a little crazy right now when I have a bit more time I will let you Know.
    Also Congrats on the mother of all conferences.
    God Bless

  231. Jamaica Tells Greece Debt Restructuring Leads to Gains –Businessweek

    PM Resignation

    Jamaica’s efforts to reduce its debt burden received a setback this week after Prime Minister Bruce Golding said he plans to step down after four years in office. He will leave once a new ruling party leader is elected in November.

    Asked whether he was interested in taking over the leadership of the ruling Labor Party, Shaw said he was “qualified,” though he wouldn’t make a decision until “the appropriate time.” Tufton, who served as minister of agriculture and fisheries for four years until June, said he had the same answer.



  233. Well another quarter for the IMF and Jamaica has come to and end.


  234. “…wimps and con men…”

    Golding has repeatedly denied any ties to Coke, and even resigned from the Labor Party in the mid-1990s to form a new party that would be free of gang links.


  235. “…wimps and con men…”

    For nine months, Mr Golding resisted the extradition of Christopher Coke, wanted in the US on suspicion of leading an international drugs and guns network thought to span the US and Canada.

    He also admitted his party had sanctioned the hiring of a US law firm suspected of lobbying Washington on behalf of Mr Coke in an attempt to get the US authorities to drop the extradition request.

    Coke pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in a New York court last month.


  236. “…wimps and con men…”

    Calls for honesty and forthrightness from PM in address to nation

    JCSC Chairperson, Carol Narcisse says this will also allow for transparency.

    “Where we can understand better exactly what are the forces that impact upon on governance, that impact unpon leadership, we hope that the Prime Minister will set out clearly what informed his decision at this time, to set out clearly his expectations for the leadership transition and how it should be managed and how he sees his role going forward”

    And Social Entrepreneur, Dr. Henley Morgan says the prime minister needs to come clean.

    “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Mr Golding many times in addressing the nation has been flawed, certainly relating to the extradition of Mr Coke and the events drawn from that .We can only hope that he will now come good and tell the country the reason why and to speak on the plans for succession”


  237. “…wimps and con men…”

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express our thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  238. “If information comes to me that I consider to be information that requires the public to be made aware of, in protection of my democracy, you coulda’ preach till you drop down I going to be calling press conference after press conference…”



    The several member organizations of the JCSC call on the Prime Minister to be frank and forthright in his statement as this will contribute to setting our nation on a path to full disclosure, healing and the establishment of lasting justice.


  239. Horseman I reviewed your football team recently. I did so in light of the pending relegation of the JLP.

    I found it interesting. Your “Captain” Bruce Golding has sent himself to the bench.

    Audley Shaw is transferred to a third division side in Australia.

    You mention Sally Porteus Horseman? I believe she retired early in the season?

    You also mentioned Horace Chang. I believe he is injured at the moment?

    Robertson is mentioned as well horseman. Transfer to NY Cosmos? Work visa needed?

    Karl Samuda has changed position on the team. Brady wants a transfer?

    Derrick Smith you mentioned Horseeman? A team called Wikileaks was interested but they don’t play football they smuggle guns.

    Horseman, every player you mentioned is baptised in sewage water it seems.

    When you try talk “football” Horseman remember come here for your daily bread….


  240. @Horseman

    We just a roll di ledda easy all now…box it round calm….Horseman who really actually at the bottom of the table? your side or Sporting Central?

    You have a piece of Silverware that does not belong to u. I myown…

  241. Tufton says, “squarely beside the head”

  242. Flashback to 2008….hahahaa You have to see this.

    “Everyone has to take their own personal security into their hands..”

    Andrew Holness.

  243. Michael Williams a Jamaican Gem,


    “Its a pity though that not even 1% of the country will be listening to Mr. Golding’s speech it was mostly here in the arena are the die hard supporters of the Jamaica labour party I know that CVM carried the speech live but very few people would have listened to that speech….and…. and I think that the Golding administration need to improve their communications….”

    Classic Mike Williams…hahhahahaa..

  244. Who could forget…

  245. PM’s boat sinks off the south coast

    Prime Minister Bruce Golding and some members of his family had to be rescued at sea late Saturday afternoon, October 1 near Pelican Island off the country’s south coast.

    RJR News has learnt that the Prime Minister and several family members went for a day outing on Pelican Island ahead of his son’s wedding on Sunday, October 2.

    Around 5:15 p.m., after the Prime Minister’s party had departed the cay, their boat hit a reef and started to sink.

    Sources told RJR News that a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) helicopter was called to rescue the Prime Minister.

    While awaiting the JDF aircraft, Mr. Golding and others were taken back to Pelican Island by a canoe.

    The Prime Minister was eventually taken back to the mainland by the helicopter.


  246. ” parted with the boat too?”

  247. To: David Smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express our thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  248. Bruce Golding Rescued At Sea

    Prime Minister Golding was involved in a boat mishap at sea late this afternoon.

    The boat reportedly hit a reef late this afternoon and started sinking.

    The Gleaner/Power106 News understands that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard had to rescue members of the prime minister’s party.

    We will have more on this item soon.


  249. Well-known Jamaica Labour Party stalwart, Saleem Lazrus, treasurer for the Western Kingston constituency that Golding represents, was also on the ill-fated boat.

  250. Political commentator, Kevin O’Brien Chang says the reasons for Bruce Golding’s decision to step down as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and subsequently prime minister, are not important at this time.



  251. If the wagon appears to be slowing, then the Opposition will laugh, as they will now find the way to finance their campaign. That, until last week, seemed to be in jeopardy as Trafigura and David Smith and a few other paper bag contributors are under arrest or close watch.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The–sitcom–continues_9813117#ixzz1ZeRESG3f

  252. Last Sunday, immediately after making his dramatic announcement to the JLP’s Central Executive of his imminent departure from politics, the prime minister should have properly addressed the nation on this burning matter. We shouldn’t have been left in limbo. After all, Bruce Golding is not just the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. First and foremost, he’s Jamaica’s prime minister.

    Golding’s apparent refusal to treat the nation with respect on the urgent business of his latest resignation takes us right back to his bumbling confusion of roles in the Dudus extradition fiasco. Even now, Golding does not seem to understand that he needs to clearly separate the function of party leader from that of prime minister.

    Caught in a compromising position with Dudus, the prime minister tried to blame the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party for his predicament. Or was it the other way around? Who knows? In any case, the two had clearly become one and the same in Golding’s mind; and neither seemed to be acting on principle. It was all about political expediency.

    Almost a year and a half ago when Bruce Golding first announced that he intended to resign as JLP leader and, consequently, as prime minister, the party’s Central Executive should have gladly accepted his decision. It was obvious then that he had become a liability.

    His reputation was so tarnished that no amount of ‘cake soap’ could bleach it out.

    All the same, Bruce did try to rehabilitate himself. He came on TV asking the Jamaican people to forgive him for his sins. Since we are a fundamentalist, Christian society, if only in name, diehard believers did forgive, though some of us simply could not forget.

    And we put up with the ‘poppyshow’ Dudus-Manatt commission of enquiry when we all knew that nothing would come of it. I got a very good joke on the commission at one of the farmers’ markets in Kingston. I’m very suspicious of vegetables that are too big and pretty. I fear that deadly fertiliser accounts for the pumped-up look of the produce.

    So when I saw some tomatoes that seemed to be a reasonable size, I asked the vendor if she was the farmer and if she had used fertiliser on them. She reassured me that the tomatoes were ‘organic’. Wanting to believe her, I optimistically asked, “Yu naa tell mi no lie?” Her friend who was helping on the stall wittily replied, “This is not the commission of enquiry.”

    For the time being, Bruce Golding is still our prime minister. I hope that in his message to the nation this evening, he will come clean and tell us the plain truth about why he’s resigning at this psychological moment. Perhaps, that’s too much to expect. ‘Jack Mandora, mi no choose none.’


    Bruce Golding and his Narco Democracy.

    Despite the anxious efforts being made to alter the truth about his administration by corrupt members of the Jamaican Press, Bruce Golding’s tenure as Prime Minister has been a desolate and dangerous political failure. His close relationship with Christopher “Dudus” Coke led him to behave with arrogance and stupidity after the United States sought Christopher Coke’s extradition pursuant to the Extradition Treaty between Jamaica and the United States.

    Christopher Coke is the head of the Shower Posse, a drug gang which controls most of the business of any type transacted between individuals and commercial enterprises inside Tivoli Gardens, a West Kingston political enclave. The United States Justice Department has characterized the Shower Posse as a racketeering enterprise that engages in the distribution of cocaine into the United States, the introduction of illegal firearms into Jamaica and cocaine connected alien trafficking.

    Christopher Coke’s influence had become so powerful in 2009 that when the U.S. Justice Department attempted to extradite him he was able to exert influence within the Jamaica Labor Party to prevent his extradition. The close connection between Mr. Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Shower Posse became evident when Christopher Coke’s extradition was delayed for nine months while Prime Minister Golding and his Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne used every possible method of illegally thwarting his extradition that was feasible.

    During this period, Dr. Peter Phillips of Jamaica’s Opposition Peoples National Party (PNP), the former Minister of National Security, described Christopher Coke as the most “powerful” person in Jamaica. When Coke’s Tivoli Gardens barricaded itself and attacked the Jamaican Police as the extradition crisis between Jamaica and the United States heightened and at least 75 individuals including police officers and soldiers died in frenetic gun battles in Western Kingston, it certainly seemed that Coke was as powerful as the Prime Minister.

    In order to maintain power and credibility, the Golding administration had to manipulate the local press in Jamaica. When public records of Golding contracting an American law firm; Manatt Phelps to lobby the White House to somehow thwart the Coke extradition request, Golding’s frequent falsehoods and parliamentary endorsement of Christopher Coke inevitably strained relations with Washington. The State Department was forced to question Jamaica’s reliability in the international war against drugs.

    Last Month, Christopher Coke pled guilty to racketeering and assault charges and he admitted his leadership of the brutal Shower Posse gang. The U.S. Government indicated that they would prove had the case gone to trial that Coke used an Electric Saw to chop up a man while he was still alive, in punishment for not paying drug debts.

    Were it not for the Internet Blogs in Jamaica where the Government dominates about sixty percent of the radio medium and is closely connected to a major newspaper, the public would have been actively misled on many issues concerning Golding and his relationship with the Shower Posse.

    The Shower Posse operatives may have paid major Jamaica newspaper columnists and radio commentators to take a pro Coke stance during the period 2009 to 2011. For instance, the fact that Christopher Coke was deported from the United States in the 1980s was deliberately ignored by elements of the Jamaican media to give the impression that Christopher Coke was a Jamaican native who had never left Jamaica. Motions and legal arguments made by Christopher Coke in his Federal case and comments by Christopher Coke’s Lawyers were promoted by the pro Government, pro Posse elements of the media. They were reported as if they were heroic utterances.

    Only the venerable Daily Gleaner and a smattering of courageous radio commentators dared to criticize Christopher Coke and urge that Jamaica comply with its Treaty obligations. Coke’s indictment by the United States was condemned by a prominent JLP Government Senator and close colleague of Mr. Golding as “hype”.

    The current United States Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater is probably the U.S. State Department’s most adept and most experienced crisis manager. In her speeches she has reminded Jamaica over and over again that the wanton corruption associated with the Shower Posse will scare away investors, tourists and restrict Jamaica’s future economic development. The murder rate in Jamaica has declined by more than 60% since Coke’s Extradition; however, Jamaica still has one of the highest murder rates in the World.

    Perhaps Golding’s resignation will release Jamaica from the “Belly of the Beast” of the Shower Posse. Hopefully, his resignation will lead to (1) The selection of a JLP leader who has no links to drug traffickers and (2) a prompt General Election for Jamaicans to decide their political future.

  254. Arawak 13 hours ago
    Jamaica cannot take any more embarassment and nastiness on it’s name.

    To all JLP candidates, please contact the American Embassy and check to see whether yu visa is in good standing.

    You know whether or not there is a chance it is not. You know whether you had questionable relationships that are probably now revealed courtesy of dudus.

    While it is a SHAME that we have to depend on America to reveal our political crooks, we will take that benefit gladly.

    The first step is to get rid of nastiness.

    The next step is to punish it as a warning for all to see.

    Reason For PM Decision To Quit Not Important, Says O’Brien Chang


  255. Rubbish.

    You stained Jamaica. And the party has the gall to want to continue.

  256. Jean Lowrie Chin: unapologetic and out of touch with reality.

    Bruce Golding’s graceful exit (Nothing has been graceful with Bruce Golding)

    We harked back to TV commercials for the JLP election campaign of 2002 when Bruce Golding’s wife Lorna and daughter Sherene told us about his support and affirmation of family. “See this kitchen cabinet?” gestured Sherene. “Pops installed it for me.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Bruce-Golding-s-graceful-exit_9821408#ixzz1ZiGO6blc

    As an understudy of Harold Brady your lack of attention to detail and lack of comprehension are understandable.

    The TV commercials you speak of (paid for by stolen OLINT money) were in 2007 not 2002. Golding’s daughter said it was pops who taught her how to put them 9kitchen cupboards) up not “pops installed it for me.”

    And these people call themselves media? We have a serious comprehension, language, diction and pronunciation problem in Jamaica Mr. Holness. UWI grads are notorious. Newsrooms print, radio, television and ad agencies oblivious to the destruction move on with the rubbish all the while patting themselves on the back.

    Crisis Holness. Don’t believe? Someone else was told of crisis…but no…me a Don in a the juggling….Goo riddance Don. You fool fool same as you always were.

    Anyhow..changes coming in a certain newsroom…and at the corporate level too….oh dear. Golding has plenty company on the way.

  257. Holness uses OLINT victim John Barnes to describe Bruce Golding

    (how absolutely insensitive of you toward the victim Andrew Holness).

    “There used to be an English player (Jamaican-born) Johnny Barnes, who was very good at running up the wing and making a deep cross into the six-yard box. That was our Honourable Prime Minister Bruce Golding. He made that cross into the six-yard box. And we have several players, we have two forwards or three, it may be four — everybody is rushing in for that ball.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Samuda–Chang–Meadows-back-Holness_9834580#ixzz1ZiXv0ln8

    Unbelievably out of touch.

    There used to be an English player…”

    Unbelievable…yes Holness you speak as if he (Barnes) was not up to recently at Breamar and the girl he used to deal with was writing to Wayne doope Smith and there was a fight over who would get commissions from Barnes and later the world headlines of Barnes tax case in Britain.

    Reduced today to, “There used to be an English player…”

    Unbelievable…Holness when do you intend to address your letter to David Smith? the one you sent on Government of Jamaica letterhead?

    Young and old are both out of touch in the party.

  258. Dan smith
    I remember Vaz says it is not up to mr Golding if he stay or go… Sir it is good what you say about younger people in both party to take the country forward but I that’s your reason for stepping down you were told to step down by the boss of the world they have goods on you…. This is not the days of chicken back and flour people an’t stupid…

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Golding-tells-why#ixzz1ZjWhSZIe

  259. Caleb Barrett
    It is going to be very enjoyable to see all these pro-Government bloggers try to explain to the Jamaican people how it is that nobody in the JLP can yet say who paid for Mannatt? If Holness or Tufton want to be considered honest and different, let’s hear! Otherwise, you are on the ship that’s going down for lying to the Jamaican people and causing deadly mayhem.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Zooming-in-on-Golding-s-speech#ixzz1Zl61CMwv

  260. Bruce Golding’s graceful exit
    Jean Lowrie Chin

    Caleb Barrett
    This exit may be many things, but “graceful” isn’t one of them. It is embarrassing, probably painful. It is unprecedented. It is satisfying to his foes. It is a breath of fresh air for Jamaica. It is the triumph of right over wrong. It is a small token of justice for the 70-odd dead. It is many things…. but it is not “graceful”… not unless we’re talking some new language nowadays. It is hurried. It is hectic. It is tragi-comic. It is not graceful.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Bruce-Golding-s-graceful-exit_9821408#ixzz1Zl6aY9d5

  261. The Prime Minister’s comment has seemingly irked deputy Prime Minister and JLP leadership aspirant Dr Ken Baugh.

    But the JLP general secretary Aundre Franklin says he will not be drawn into the contention over Golding’s comments.


    So what would have qualified as a bitter demotion and expulsion?

  262. Sally Porteous resigns

    Sally Porteous, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor for the Mandeville Division in Manchester, has resigned.

    RJR News understands that Ms. Porteous sent her resignation letter to JLP officials on Monday, October 3.


    Horesman your football team loose a player….who you going to bring on from the bench? Bruce?

  263. This afternoon, 76-year-old Mike Henry said the timing of Golding’s utterance was inappropriate.

    Henry said although the timing of Golding’s utterance is ill-advised, he is confident in the wisdom of the Jamaican voters.


  264. But trade unionist and commentator, Helene Davis-Whyte, says the Prime Minister’s speech contained nothing new.

    Mrs. Davis-Whyte said she expected Mr. Golding would have provided a more detailed explanation for his impending departure.

    “Frankly speaking I have heard absolutely nothing. As it stands he has basically only spoke about the timeline and trying to explain why it is he had to indicate his intention at that point in time but I don’t know that it says anything at all to us and especially because we have been hearing of details that were indicated at the Central Executive and he mentioned absolutely nothing of the kind, I think we are as much as in the dark as before,” Mrs. Davis-Whyte said.

    And Reverend Karl Johnson, General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, said he expected more substance from the Prime Minister’s address.

    He pointed to the manner in which Mr. Golding treated the Manatt/Coke Affair in his speech.

    “How I heard the Prime Minister is almost to say I have been the sacrificial lamb for standing up for principles which suggest to me that even the apology he made is now again brought into question. I think he hasn’t gotten it, he hasn’t gotten it that it would have had to taken somebody who would have been a political neophyte to have not known that to impose yourself in matter of that nature would have justly left a scar,” Reverend Johnson said.

    Meanwhile, the People’s National Party (PNP) has also been critical of Mr. Golding’s speech.

    According to Peter Bunting, General Secretary of the PNP, the Prime Minister did not show much remorse for the Manatt/Coke Affair.

    “The truth is that the Prime Minister had to resign because of a complete loss of credibility and in those circumstances you would have expected him to be more penitent and remorseful. He seemed instead to be attempting to use the occasion of resignation to give a fresh start to the over four year old JLP administration,” Mr. Bunting said.

  265. Why was Nixon so sensitive about that term “Obstruction of Justice?”

    The Federal Statutes criminalizing Obstruction of Justice are found in Title 18 United States Code Chapter 73.
    18 U.S.C. 1502 states:
    “ Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs, resists or opposes an extradition agent of the United States in the execution of his duties shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year.”
    18 U.S.C. 1503 is the common Obstruction of Justice charging section. This section of the Obstruction of Justice statute has two prongs. The first prong relates to interfering with Judicial Officers, the second prong concerns obstruction of the “Due Administration of Justice”. The second prong of the Obstruction of Justice statute is extremely wide and can lead to an unlimited number of scenarios being subject to prosecution. These scenarios include foreign-based conspiracies.

  266. SEC Concludes That Certain Stanford Ponzi Scheme Investors Are Entitled to Protections of SIPA
    Washington, D.C., June 15, 2011

  267. UBS executives understood to be facing suspension over alleged rogue trader affair

    Chief executive Oswald Grübel has already resigned over the affair

    A handful of senior executives at UBS are understood to be facing suspension from their roles at UBS while the investigation into the alleged ‘rogue trader’ activities of Kweku Adoboli is completed.


    BTW Congratulations to Olint victim Lissant Mitchell who as promoted to head Bank of Nova Scotia Investments.

    We wish him all the best with the clam he put in.

    Also congratulations to Andrew Holness who has talked education issues with David Smith in the past.

    AML, it seems Madoff victims are getting back quite a lot. Stanfor victims are being helped by the USA Sec.

    Sadly Jamaica and their FSC is something “different.” Bruce Golding said the Smith’s would not be charged in Jamaica.

    It will be interesting to hear Andrew Holness’ take on that.

  268. “I noted that what they were building there was not what I had designed, but when I looked on the drawing I saw my name on the plans,” he said.

    “I pointed that out to her (Mrs Holness), that it was serious, as I had nothing to do with the design.”

    He stressed that it was entirely different from project he had submitted.

    “Mrs Holness said it was a mistake and that her draughtsman did it without her knowledge and promised to inform the KSAC,” Yap said. “It was for that reason that I took the precaution to write a letter to the KSAC to inform them that I had nothing to do with the design.

    “What is being built is not what we designed and submitted,” Yap declared.

    “As it turned out, I am glad that I did not do the work as I did not know that they would have operated this way.”


  269. Golding Gov’t untenable – Ashley

    “In my view, Prime Minister Golding is now a lame duck leader and the Cabinet is also a lame duck Cabinet. What needs to be done is that Holness now needs to get on with the work of Government. The Prime Minister needs to hand in his letter of resignation and the parliamentary groups simultaneously need to inform the Governor General of (their) selection.

    “This, in my opinion, should be done today and the swearing in (done) by Monday morning followed by the swearing in of a new Cabinet and (they) start working next week. This business about October 20 cannot work, Jamaica cannot afford this luxury,” Dr. Ashley stated.


  270. keith 11 hours ago

    In addition to Olint, Christopher Dudus Coke operated from a based right here in Jamaica and was not even wanted by the Jamaican authorities but yet was named by the Americans as one of the world’s most wanted.



    Stand-by Agreement with IMF in trouble

    A high-ranking official of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, based in Jamaica has confirmed that the country’s Stand-By Agreement with the multinational Washington-based lending institution is in deep trouble.

    The IMF’s Senior Representative in Jamaica Dr. Gene Leon, has all but confirmed, in an exclusive interview, that the government is desperately scrambling to get the multi-billion dollar deal back on track.

    The Golding administration had gone knocking on the door of the IMF to get a deal sealed for Balance of Payment support, or to put extra monies aside to pay for essential imported goods like oil.

    By now the country should have had six IMF tests and getting ready to do the seventh of eight under the current IMF deal. The process hit a road block at the fourth quarter ending in December 2010.

    From : Audley Shaw[mailto:fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com]
    Sent : 11/11/2006 11:01:13 AM
    To : dsmith@kasnet.com
    Cc :
    Subject : RE: fx trading
    It was a pleasure meeting you and your dear wife. I’m glad that you shared your knowledge and concerns with me. A friend of
    mine is keen on investing and would like to talk with you or better yet, he wants to meet with you if possible. He has asked me
    to fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you. Please let me know.
    Regarding the Australian model of fx trading to help with public debt, is there any published information on it? Please let me
    know. I’d really like to learn more about it.
    Thanks again for our meeting as I now have a better grasp of the issues.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kindest regards and compliments.
    Audley Shaw


  272. Has anybody heard anything about one of the feeder clubs name Keene Exchange, that was managed by Garreth Harris. This guy’s name and feeder club has managed to stay way below the radar for so long, and yet his name was prominently featured in the ITrade FX case. Where is Garreth Harris and the millions in collected from investors?????

  273. He left the scene with you consent Peterg. By doing nothing your feeder got away.

    No govt. “caught” David Smith or Olint. Don’t believe that hype. Governments got caught “along with” David Smith.

    You will never see your money again until you understand that concept. No matter how much you don’t want to believe it.

  274. From: Mark Knighton moves on TC Weekly News.

    “Without a doubt the highlight of my time here was taking on the job that everyone else was scared of,” Spud says.

    Prior to Bernie Madoff the Olint scam was the biggest ponzi scheme the world had ever seen – and the largest fraud ever known to have taken place in the Caribbean.

    “…the case is now notorious the planet over.”

    Mark Knighton

  275. “Another prominent Jamaican politician has been indicted by grand jury”



  276. Sandals Attorneys in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ariel Missick.
    and Caicos Islands, Michael Missick. All of the payments relating to the said political contributions were made on the instructions and with the full knowledge of Mr. Stewart and were wired, as far as I am aware, from the account of Unique Vacations in Miami and an account in the Bahamas to the respective accounts of the recipients located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. As I controlled no accounts for the Plaintiff was not a signatory on any of its accounts, I only transmitted the instructions from Mr. Stewart to Phyllis Thompson in the Bahamas. I did not make any transfers as are alleged from The Bahamas or through The Bahamas.
    I can categorically state that I have no employment contract or any other
contract for that matter with the Plaintiff and have no further knowledge of
that company within the Sandals Group. In fact, but for the
commencement of these proceedings, I was not aware of the existence of
the Plaintiff Company.
    I categorically deny that in my capacity as Managing Director of Gorstew
Ltd that I gave any instructions to any agent or servant of the Plaintiff
Company to carry out any transactions in respect of its overall
management and more particularly in respect to carrying out the payment
of political contributions as aforesaid save and except to transmit by
telephone from Jamaica the instructions of Mr. Stewart.
    That in effecting the transmission of the instructions given to Unique
Vacations, I never transmitted that any payments be made through or out
of The Bahamas and based on the instructions from Mr. Stewart I was told
to have the funds transferred from Unique Vacations in Miami to the
recipients’ bank in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    Based on my advice from Counsel I am satisfied that the Plaintiff has no
sustainable cause of action against me and that any such action, if one
exists, ought rightly to be filed in the Turks and Caicos Islands where the
funds were received by Michael Missick or on his behalf or in Miami where
most of the transactions to the Turks and Caicos emanated or in Jamaica
where the transmission of the instructions were initiated.
    That to advance any Defence, I will require comprehensive disclosure
orders from the alleged recipients of the funds and more importantly from
the relevant bank(s) in Turks and Caicos Islands and from Gorstew Ltd in
Jamaica as well as from Unique Vacations in Miami.
    That it is also important to indicate that this action arises from an
investigation being carried out by the US authorities in respect of whether
Sandals or Mr. Stewart made political contributions to Michael Missick and
based on the same, Mr. Stewart has sought to wrongfully allege that I, in
my capacity as Managing Director of Gorstew Ltd, forwarded the funds to
    Michael Missick without Mr. Stewart’s approval or instructions. This is a fabrication which I have strenuously denied and have taken steps to explain my involvement.
    That based on the ongoing post commission inquiry investigations in the
Turks and Caicos Islands surrounding the allegations of mismanagement
in the Missick Administration, it is my view that Mr. Stewart and/or or the
Plaintiff has engaged in forum shopping so as to avoid the
commencement of an action in either the Turks and Caicos or Jamaica.


  277. “Their” efforts saw the Olint case voted among the top three in the world by Egmont Group chiefs on account of its complexity and huge public interest.

  278. “…the case [Olint] is now notorious the planet over.”


    The Defendant was a director of the Plaintiff from 31s’ May, 2002 to 31″ May,
2010. During this period the Defendant was also the Sandals Group treasurer and
governmental liaison officer.

    First Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited (“First Caribbean”) is a
commercial bank incorporated and carrying on business in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which also has branches in the Turks & Calces.
    Unique Vacations Inc. (“Unique”) is a Florida company that was at the material
times the Sandals Group worldwide marketing and reservations agent. After
travel reservations are made Unique collects the funds and remits them to the
Plaintiff after deducting its fees.
    Prestigious Properties is a Turks & Caicos real estate company.
    Chalmers & Co is a Turks & Caicos law firm.
    Misick & Stanbrook is a Turks & Caicos law firm.

  280. In or about November, 2009 the Sandals Group began a review of the group’s
financial records. This review uncovered that the Defendant in breach of his
fiduciary duty and/or breach of trust and/or breach of contract caused the Plaintiff
and Unique to wire the below mentioned funds (“the Proprietary Funds”) to
Prestigious Properties, Misick & Stanbrook and Chalmers & Co:

  281. On 26th October, 2006 the Defendant instructed the Plaintiff to transfer
US$150,000.00 to Misick & Stanbrook account at First Caribbean in the
Turks & Caicos on the pretext that these funds were being used to pay
”legal fees.”

  282. More extraditions?
    2 politicians, entertainer among 5 J’cans said wanted by US Gov’t
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    EXTRADITION requests from the American Government for five Jamaicans, among them three prominent faces, are expected to be delivered to local authorities today, a highly placed US Government official has told the Observer.
    According to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, two of the wanted men are politicians, one is a veteran entertainer, while the others both conduct regular business at Kingston’s Port Bustamante.

  283. “Squadron leader to Nonco…come in Nonco…where are you….Nonco…what are your coordinates Nonco…..come in Nonco…”



  284. OCG Prepared To Take Gov’t To Court

    But Christie said within three months after his office received a letter from the ministry regarding the opinion, the OCG was asked by former minister without portfolio, Don Wehby, to enquire into the divestment of Air Jamaica’s Heathrow slots.

    He said on April 23, 2008, Finance Minister Audley Shaw made a similar request in Gordon House.

    Christie said his office did not hesitate to carry out the probe.

    But he said when the OCG moved to investigate the divestment of Government’s share in the Jamalco joint venture enterprise, the office came up against strong resistance.


  285. From: Ariel Misick [mailto:ariel@mlsickstanbrook.tcJ
    Sent: Monday May 02, 2011 5:54 PM
    To: ‘Trevor Patterson’

    I believe this must be the transaction ledger. It’s the only one our accounts dept has located. I will ascertain tomorrow who the instructions to pay came from. It was certainly not for legal fees as you will see from the document. Regards.

  286. Rejected at the State Dept. Brady fails again!

    Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness rejected. No meeting with Hilary Clinton.

    Low level staff with no decision making authority is as far as Brady can go. What a “fool” to think the damaged goods Brady can put clout!

    Damn “fool” Bruce.

    Last ditch efforts to have the extradition requests for JR and AG delayed will not work. REJECTED.

  287. Police ordered to gear up for General Elections

    With speculation rife that General Elections, which are constitutionally due next year, could be held in short order the Jamaica Constabulary Force is now on high alert.


    Holness check your boat….look in the hull…

  288. Jammys, Jungo, Stero Mars….

  289. Skeng-heh, skeng-heh, skeng-heh, skeng-heh…

  290. If laws have been broken then the Attorney General Huw Shepheard needs to act. If only the wealthy can call upon the law when they have been wronged then we are surely on the fast track to subjugation. Living in fear of the wealthy is a poor way for citizens of a British Territory to live.


  291. Can a Young Prime Minister Reform Jamaica’s Old Criminality?

    When Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced his resignation last month, the only surprise was that it took him so long. Since last year, Golding, leader of the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), has been embroiled in one of the worst scandals to hit Jamaica since it won independence five decades ago.

    Now, fearing the Coke scandal could wreck its chances in new parliamentary elections that have to be held by December of 2012, the JLP is betting that more youthful leadership can distract Jamaican voters and clean up the venal house that Golding, 63, leaves behind.


  292. Let us recall what Golding told the 67th annual conference of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) last November. “If we are going to call for public disclosure of contributions (to political parties), we must be prepared to publish our own integrity declaration of income and assets and liability.

    “I am prepared to publish mine tomorrow. As a matter of fact, I don’t need any law to do it because there is nothing that I own that I have anything to be concerned about,” Golding said.

    Nearly a year has passed and Golding has not acted on this promise.

    Beyond his Cabinet, we wonder how Holness will construct his parliamentary team. He may want to consider replacing Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, who has proven each day that she is not ready for the job of Speaker.

    Holness will also have to decide whether his long-time sidekick, house whip Andrew Gallimore, is ready to step up as leader of Government Business. Somehow, we feel that job is best saved for Golding, who knows the Standing Orders like the back of his hand.

    But as to whether Holness chooses to have a politically damaged Golding at his side in Parliament is another matter.

    Whatever decision Holness makes we hope he bears in mind that he is coming into the big chair because of the trust deficit between Golding and the Jamaican people. Holness now has the task of restoring trust to the governance process.


  293. Bartlett’s Petticoat And Transparency In Gov’t

    Poor Bartlett’s petticoat was showing. In his desperation, he was trying to forestall inquiry into the sell-off of government assets in undisclosed circumstances and on undisclosed terms by successive administrations.

    Cover-up no surprise

    On reflection, one should not be surprised at the cover-up efforts – not a mere two days after the embarrassment of having to hear the full hundred about our economic lives from the local International Monetary Fund representative on the television, that which we were entitled to hear in Gordon House from the ministers who are supposed to protect our interests.

    Why is my motion calling for an examination of the manpower and financial needs of the DPP and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel languishing for months with the said House Leader Andrew Holness failing to find time for debate – even though the inadequacies of these departments are hurting the country.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The government side in the Parliament has agreed to submit articles for this feature but, to date, none have been received.


  294. OLINT Feeder Club operator Joseph Issa is being sued! This case is rather interesting. Cool Corporation, Cool Petroleum, MZ Holdings are all named defendants.

    Click to access Dowe_v_Issa_2_USA.pdf

  295. Cool Pertoleum now for sale. Potential buyer is a family-owned American Company. The buyer is close to completion of its due deligence on Cool Petroleum.

    The question is: Has Mr. Joseph Issa informed the potential buyers about this pending case in Broward County Florida? You do not have to be a C.P.A. to determine that USD $20M is quite a liability!


  296. OCG Senior Staff Threatened

    The head of the contract oversight body also complained of what he said were misguided and very worrying challenges emanating from the Jamaica Labour Party administration which sought to impose unwarranted boundaries upon the OCG’s exercise of its duty.


  297. I have included a notice on our website (www.olinttciliquidation.com) to alert feeder club members that they do not have a claim against Olint TCI and that any claim must come from the feeder club; however, most of the feeder clubs are yet to submit any claims.



    Click to access Holness_tried_to_box_presiding_officer.pdf

  299. Jamaicanboy72 1 hour ago

    There is also the impending sale of UDC owned real estate on
    West Parade to Azan’s Bashco without following proper procedure. The tenant on the property did not get an opportunity to make an offer. UDC did not advertise the property. The impending sale price is a give-away to a big political donor.

    Andrew Holness must fire UDC’s board and management
    particularly, general manager Joy Douglas.

    Verna Kitson and 3 more liked this Liked Reply

    Guest 33 minutes ago
    This story is disturbing. This is how things run in Jamaica. When will it end???


  300. Meeting to determine fate of UDC General Manager underway

    A meeting is currently underway to determine the fate of embattled General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation, UDC, Joy Douglas.

    A reliable source told RJR News that the meeting was called after recent events involving what are being described as the controversial sale of government assets.

    It was revealed that the outcome is likely to involve a separation.

    Mrs. Douglas has been General Manager of the UDC since November 2008.

    But Mr. Christie could not resist pointing fingers at other public bodies.

    He noted that the UDC’s willingness to heed the considered recommendations of the OCG comes in stark contrast to the conduct of the agencies involved in the recent Jamalco Divestment, Sandals Whitehouse Hotel Divestment and LNG Tender Process matters.

    Mr. Azan says he has an enviable record of investment, development and job creation in downtown Kingston, through purchase and operation of a major consortium of enterprises located in that area.

    -From: David Lazarus dhplaz@gmail.com
    To: dsmith@kasnet.com

    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.


  301. Jamaica dipped seven spots to rank 88 in the Doing Business Report 2012 representing its seventh straight year of decline due to difficulty obtaining electricity supply and a burdensome tax structure.

    Essentially, it is harder to do business in Jamaica than before, according to the report published Wednesday by the World Bank and its affiliate, International Finance Corporation (IFC).

    The report also found that Jamaica is doing an increasingly poor job of protecting investors.


  302. The chairman of the Urban Development Commission (UDC), Wayne Chen, has confirmed that the agency’s general manager, Joy Douglas, has been suspended.

    Chen said during the suspension a detailed investigation will be conducted into several controversial decisions by the Government agency under Douglas’ leadership.

    Meanwhile, the Opposition has called for the dismissals of the board and management of the UDC.


  303. Money laundering, at its simplest, is the act of making money that comes from Source A look like it comes from Source B. Money laundering is a crime if it is used to disguise the origins of illegally-obtained money, because the proceeds of a crime are made to appear legitimate. The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication.

    Joseph Issa relied on his complex web of companies to willfully conceal his money laundering activities.

    It gets pretty interesting at about page 9 Section 2.5 of the below report: Collection and Payout Institutions.

    Click to access Liquidators_Second_Interim_Report_Highlighted.pdf

  304. Money – the bad smell that lingers on in politics

    How our parties are funded has added to the bad smell which has turned off many voters.

    They suspect that donors expect – and get – something in return for their money.

    Cameron’s fury at plan to curb rich backers
    By Andrew Grice, P


    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express our thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  305. Feeder Club Operators Beware!!! You may be sued!!!

    The case below against Joseph Issa is rather interesting! Joseph Issa controlled companies had contractual agreements with David Smith. What!!!

    Based on aforementioned Official Liquidator’ s Report, MZ Holdings and USIMO facilitated investors depositing/wire transferring their funds to Olint; facilitated redemptions by investors; and made other payments on behalf of Olint. Oh no!!!

    Deposits to USIMO’s accounts were then consolidated and either sent to Olint or Usimo’s bank account based on Olint’s instructions. Perhaps some of the deposits received in Cayman ” Butterfield Bank” were sent to Hallmark but this has not been confirmed by numerous teams of investigators. Deposits to Usimo’s accounts were then used to facilitate “money laundeing” requests for encashments based on Olint’s instructions. Really!!!

  306. Click to access Liquidators_Second_Interim_Report_Highlighted.pdf

    Click to access Dowe_v_Issa_2_USA.pdf

    Mr. Issa what’s going on here???

    Mr. Connolley has openly accused you of being a money launder. This particular report was filed as one of the documents filed in the David Smith case in the Middle District of Florida.

    Therse revelations are of a rather disturbing nature!!!!

  307. I hope that the guys below are paying close attention!

    City Kingston
    Stocks and Securities Limited
    24-26 Grenada Crescent
    Ground & Floor One
    Kingston 05
    Jamaica, WI
    webmail.sslinvest.com []

    Name Fiscal Services (EDP) Limited
    Handle FSEL
    Street 235B OLD HOPE ROAD

    Organization Bank of Jamaica (BANKO-108)

    Handle JAC1-ARIN
    Company Caribbean Systematics Limited
    Street 53 Knutsford Boulevard

    Name Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    Handle KLNNKF

    mail.wardkim.com []


  308. Golding In The Rear-View Mirror

    The trouble is, he went in the opposite direction immediately upon grabbing the wheel of actual power and leaked political capital faster than the Urban Development Commission leaks carpet, chairs and Pegasus shares.

    Further towards transparency in Govern-ment, although polite society seems to have formed a consensus that it is impolitic to ask, the public still awaits news about who paid Manatt’s bill to maintain Dudus in his kingdom. As Golding bolts towards the door, the public has been given the political equivalent of a break-up by text message or Facebook posting, not a credible explanation as to why, and why now. On transparency, Golding fails.

    He wasted little time in dismissing the whole Public Service Commission for refusing to obey him. As mentioned, Golding’s minions have advertised a desire to purge the public sector of whomever they consider non-aligned to their cause. Then, of course, there is the whole Dudus mess, where every hallowed principle of law and justice was systematically rubbished, to the cheers and endorsement of his Cabinet who, like Pilate, presume to wash their hands now.

    In a short performance, Golding had committed himself, his Government, his yes-men in the party and in media, and ultimately the whole country, to a path of lawless, reckless folly sure to end in disaster.

    Now, unable to complete even one term, Golding will look across the political barricades at Patterson with a new-found respect. As Clif-twang Brown said, “Is only who can monidge de wata!” Who can take any pleasure in seeing it come to this? The Golden One with a legacy forever welded to Dudus and the Shower Posse’s infamy, corpses strewn around west Kingston, and a massive political talent ended “gawn to St Thomas pond”.


  309. On Andrew Holness as Leader of Jamaica

    He invested his money in Olint. He is on the list. Golding said of Olint investors “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

    So Holness has long ago been branded a fool by Golding. Not that it counts for much for Golding is no bright spark by any stretch.

    The more important questions for the new Prime Minister include, “did David Smith pay you when he was not paying others or not?”

    If Smith did not pay you your money then what actions did you take in the name of justice…what actions to recover your loss?

    After all we are in need of a PM who leads by example, seeks justice and does not support criminality.

    Potential investors in the Jamaican economy need to be assured that should any folly befall their investments in Jamaica the leader of the country is quick to act against criminality and theft.

    A person who has a track record of being hesitant in such things is not going to entice foreign investment into the country. Certainly not decent law abiding investors anyway.

    Have we simple moved from one beneficiary of Olint (Bruce Golding) to a full fledged member of Olint (Andrew Holness)?


  310. Of course one does not expect any of our venerable media houses to lead with the headline:

    “Olint Investor is Jamaica’s 9th Prime Minister”

    Chairmen, …Silence?

  311. Olint member who believed in 10% a month to be Prime Minister of Jamaica in a few hours.

    His name is Andrew Holness. The country has been told.

  312. It’s official! Olint investor Andrew Michael Holness is Prime Minister of Jamaica.

    Will this bring hope to the thousands of Olint victims in Jamaica? We await his comments on the matter.

    New PM Promises Better Accountability, Efficiency, Politics


  313. Minor glitch at Audley Shaw’s swearing in ceremony

    Moments after Audley Shaw recited his oath, it was revealed that he read the wrong instrument of appointment.

    Kings House staffers huddled with Sir Patrick as soon as it was realised that Mr. Shaw had been given the wrong document to read.

    The Governor General, who flashed a smile, then stepped up to the lectern, and explained what had happened.

    “The secretaries took out the old oath that we stopped swearing some years ago, so that was an error. We should have put away those documents long time ago, which was a mistake, so I apologise to you Mr. Shaw,” Sir Patrick said.

    However Audley Shaw was confronted with another minor setback…his pen ran out of ink when he attempted to sign the corrected instrument.

    ——- Original Message ——-
    From : Audley Shaw[mailto:fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com]
    Sent : 11/11/2006 11:01:13 AM
    To : dsmith@kasnet.com
    Cc :
    Subject : RE: fx trading
    It was a pleasure meeting you and your dear wife. I’m glad that you shared your knowledge and concerns with me. A friend of
    mine is keen on investing and would like to talk with you or better yet, he wants to meet with you if possible. He has asked me
    to fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you. Please let me know.
    Regarding the Australian model of fx trading to help with public debt, is there any published information on it? Please let me
    know. I’d really like to learn more about it.
    Thanks again for our meeting as I now have a better grasp of the issues.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kindest regards and compliments.
    Audley Shaw

  314. Although News Corp has been performing well, the drip-drip of the phone-hacking scandal has taken its toll on the boss’s son


  315. Exclusive: Met finds secret phone at centre of NI hacking
    Device nicknamed ‘The Hub’ hidden in offices of ‘News of the World’

    Despite detailed company logs recording every call made on the hub phone, it was left unexamined by two internal News International inquiries, which dismissed the notion that phone hacking was rife at the title.


  316. The Turks and Caicos Islands is about to have new laws under which persons can be convicted based on hearsay evidence. The Interim Government has circulated a draft copy of a Criminal Justice (Hearsay and Documentary Evidence) Ordinance, which has angered and outraged several lawyers and many residents.

    The consensus among lawyers and other critics is that this new law has been drafted, designed and timed to specifically target and secure convictions against a number of persons who are under investigation by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT).


  317. JA Civil Society Coalition against Shahine Robinson’s appointment

    The Coalition wrote to Prime Minister Holness on Wednesday stating that his decision to appoint Mrs. Robinson flies in the face of transparency and accountability in the political system.

    Carol Narcisse, the Chairperson of the JCSC, told RJR News that Mrs. Robinson’s Cabinet promotion is not in keeping with the ideals set out by the Prime Minister in his inauguration speech on Sunday [October 23].

    “An act of misrepresentation such as (what) has happened is counter to the level of integrity that we are expecting of our national leaders now and which Prime Minister Holness’ inaugural address suggested that he was going to make a hallmark of his leadership. We call for the Prime Minister to reflect always in his decision making on the expressions of commitment to good governance, which he made,” she said.


  318. The saga continues…

    Currently in U.S Federal Court Case No.(6:10-cr-232-Orl-35-DAB) the Provisional Liquidator of TCI FX Traders Limited (Mr. Connolly) is asking for $1,662,715,50 held at FXCM in the U.S.

    Mr. Connolly has submitted TCI Court documents(Case No. 12/10) indicating that Olint TCI is stilled owed $4,612,248.50 from TCI FX Traders Limited but the ruling from the TCI Courts said they will not fix what is still due to bad accounting from Star Management and I Trade FX and the agreement on the check.
    Also in the TCI court document goes into detail on the TCI-FSC (Turks and Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission) facilitation of an Olint-TCI and TCI FX Traders Limited transaction.

    In the Don Dowe Case…

    A State of Florida, Broward County Case 09057623 filed October 22, 2009 has USIMO, Issa, David Smith, MZ Holdings Limited, Cool Card, Hallmark Bank and Trust Limited, Turks and Caicos Islands FSC Butterfield Bank, et. al. as Defendants.

    Turks and Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission(TC-FSC) filed a response with an affidavit contray to TCI case no. 12/10

    This case was moved into U.S Court (Case No. 0:10-cv-61518-CMA) approx. 200 pages by Butterfield Bank. Butterfield Bank has not responded to the complaint but did file that they are owned by The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited, a publicly listed company in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

    Issa responded and state the following: MZ Holdings, Ltd is a limited-liability company under Jamaica, MZ Holdings, Ltd parent corporation is Cool Corp. Ltd. which owns 10% or more of MZ Holdings, Ltd. stock, and Cool Card is a DBA for MZ Holdings, Ltd.

    Two federal judges recused themselves from the case. The case was voluntary dismissed with prejudice against MZ Holdings, Ltd, and Cool Card on October 7, 2010.

    A State of Florida, Broward County Case 09057623 was amended on August 9, 2011.

  319. Also in the TCI court document goes into detail on the TCI-FSC (Turks and Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission) facilitation of an Olint-TCI and TCI FX Traders Limited transactions.

  320. Mr. Connolly has submitted TCI Court documents(Case No. 12/10) indicating that Olint TCI is stilled owed $4,612,248.50 from TCI FX Traders Limited but the ruling from the TCI Courts said they will not fix what is still due due to bad accounting from Star Management and I Trade FX and the agreement on the check.

  321. The desert has certainly heated up for a particular individual and it is about to get even hotter. What JI has really done is not Cool at all.

    Click to access Dowe_v_Issa_2_USA.pdf

  322. Turks and Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission(TC-FSC) filed a response with an affidavit contrary to TCI case no. 12/10

  323. Elections prep finally underway

    DEFINITIVE preparations are finally underway to get the TCI ready for elections slated for next fall.



    England I will say just this. Your own “sustenance” itself depends on polls. Neat little point to remember.

    “Big Bwoys” told some people “everything was under control” in Jamaica (some still do) …they bought that cheap bait.

    Shark DUNG DEH!

  324. “With it [BELONGERSHIP] I’ll be a British Citizen.”

    15000 + Jamaicans robbed…….

    Shark Dung Deh..

  325. THE POLICE High Command has put the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force into the starting blocks for a possible general election even before Prime Minister Andrew Holness names the date.


  326. GLEANER EDITORIAL – Rebuild Trust In DPP’s Office

    Saturday, 29th October 2011.

    An effective criminal prosecution system that is independent, efficient and fair is one of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is charged with the responsibility of conducting prosecution of indictable offences under Jamaican law and is seen as the defender of the public good.

    Public officials find themselves in a special place from the ordinary man in the street. When public officials commit crimes, they violate the oath of office as well as the public trust placed in them.

    Baccra is the new Master? After all the struggle?



    Miss Lou? “Not a joyful news miss Mattie…”

  328. Issue: Robinson Appointment Shows Poor Judgement

    THE EDITOR, Sir:
    The inauguration speech of Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested that he was on a new path of integrity and a departure from the past.

    In fact, his popularity has been based on the optimistic expectation of quite a few Jamaicans that we witness a new beginning in our politics. His promotion and retention in the Cabinet of Shahine Robinson signals his lack of understanding of the wishes of the people.

    Ms Robinson relied on falsehood when she contested the case brought against her in the Supreme Court. She had to, as it were, surrender when the searchlight of her opponents exposed the fact that she misled the court and indeed the entire country and has been duly punished with having to pay millions of dollars in damages.

    All the above was well known to Prime Minister Holness, yet she has been promoted in the Cabinet! We demand a valid explanation, Mr Prime Minister, for this decision so early in your stewardship begs the question: Are you really prepared to be new and different or an echo from the past?


  329. The explanation given to this newspaper by the DPP, Ms Paula Llewellyn, that the police have yet to furnish her office with “certain things” is totally unacceptable and requires fuller explanation from the country’s chief law-enforcement officer. Let us not forget that the British bridge-building company, Mabey & Johnson, pleaded guilty in 2009 to bribing public officials in Jamaica between 1993 and 2001 in order to secure government contracts.

    Mabey cooperated with the Serious Fraud Office in England, and no doubt there are piles of evidence collected in this case. So why has there been no action for several months?

    The Hibbert case apart, the Office of the DPP has come in for immense public attention – from public squabbles with the INDECOM head to a resident magistrate, and the twists and turns in the never-ending case involving Member of Parliament Kern Spencer. The contractor general has repeatedly blamed the backlog-plagued DPP’s office of handicapping the war against corruption.

    While the independence of the Office of the DPP is a safeguard against corruption and interference in the administration of duties, the approach to the job and the application of these awesome powers must be subject to checks and balances. The Opposition’s call for the DPP to subject itself to the scrutiny of a parliamentary oversight committee is an idea that deserves serious consideration in light of all that has happened in that office in recent times. The idea has been shrugged off with self-righteous indignation, but that position should not be allowed to stand.

  330. At Left: Master of the Hope Lodge, Joseph Smith (second left) and his wife Evelyn (left) enjoy a moment of light-hearted laughter with former sprint queen, Deon Hemmings McCatty (second right) and her husband Michael at the Hope Lodge installation on Saturday night. At Right: Ladies of Hope from left – Resident Magistrate for the Savanna-la-Mar court, Alayne Wallace; Susan Hammond, Dacia Dhanpaul, Charlotte Wallace and Evelyn Smith, acting general manager of Point Village Negril, admire the special token given to them by senior warden of the Hope Lodge, Joseph Smith. – PHOTOS BY JANET SILVERA


    TWO MONTHS ago acting general manager of Point Village Resort in Negril, Evelyn Smith commenced lessons in learning the words ‘My Worshipful’. Last Saturday night she accomplished the phrase with the word: ‘Master’.

    Her husband Joseph, after being installed as Master of the 105-year-old Hope Lodge of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, with a huge smile on his face, stood diligently as his wife repeated the phrase.

    Throughout an evening oversubscribed by Freemasons who chanted high and low notes with equal gusto, the interesting cast of characters made going to the dinner theatre seem unimportant.


    Dressed to the nines in black suits, they were dead ringers for the cast of the movie ‘Men in Black’, the only accessory missing were the dark shades.

    Savanna-la-Mar was playing host to some of the island’s most handsome married men who had journeyed from as far as Kingston to the western parish to support the young master. In fact, with the oversubscription, many members of Hope Lodge had to give up their seats.

    It was an evening filled with an exciting and long list of toasts including: to the Queen, the Craft, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Grand Lodges of Ireland, Scotland and Jamaica, District Grand Officers and the Ladies of Hope. However, the highlight was Evelyn Smith’s toast to her husband.

    “Freemasonry is, and I should hope that I am reliably informed, strive to make good men better. It is a tradition that has survived for centuries and yet is often given a bad rap and is misunderstood in society,” said Mrs. Smith.

    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that i emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.


  331. Report to Financial Services Commission – Hallmark/Olint TCI

    September 25th 2008

    “A further US$2.5 M was paid to a Joseph Smith, who does not appear to be a club member, but could be a related party. There are other significant amounts which may have been paid to Smith (Joseph) but it would require more detailed information to confirm this.”


  332. “Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Christopher Bovell, denied that Olint…”

    “Christopher Bovell denied claims that the JLP received USD 5 million …”

    “…the direct recipients will be ANFREW HOLNESS, Andrew Gallimore, Chris Tufton, Joe Hibert and one to be named. …”

    Evelyn Smith Elected As JHTA Head

    Degenius68 5 months ago
    congrats Ms smith…..know you are good from Lido days!!!!!!


  333. Vaz Talks Tough
    Published: Sunday | October 30, 2011

    Vaz, assigned responsibility for telecommunications and public-sector efficiency in the Office of the Prime Minister, claims that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given him carte blanche to combat the perennial problems in government ministries.

    The former information minister stressed that, as such, he would not be required to seek the permission any minister to do his work. “What this has done for me, by virtue of the prime minister’s publicly indicating that I can cross all ministries, is that there can’t be any discomfort on any issue with my colleagues in terms of interventions,” he stressed.

    From: Daryl Vaz (shalimar@kasnet.com)
    To: David Smith CC Wayne Doope
    Further to our meeting last night, I need the following:-
    1) On announcement , need the balance for party central.
    2) Complete breakdown of candidate support list and amounts proposed.
    3) Helicopter (estimated to be US15,000 to 20,000
    4) Requesting US$50,000 for Portland East and West and reminding you to speak to man in Negril (JOSEPH SMITH) in relation to information regarding candidate support and possible meeting.
    Once again, thanks again for everything and look forward to hearing from you on the above mentioned matters.

  334. “A further US$2.5 M was paid to a Joseph Smith, who does not appear to be a club member, but could be a related party.”

  335. Chalmers & Co.
    Barristers & Attorneys
    Turks & Caicos Islands

    17th September 2010-09-17

    Patterson Mair Hamilton
    7th Floor Citigroup Building
    63-67 Knutsford Boulevard
    Kingston 5
    Attn: Trevor Patterson

    Via telefax No. 1876-920-0244 and By Fedex (to the above address)


    We refer to your letter dated August 18th, 2010. Needless to say we disagree with your characterisation of events leading up to your correspondence in its entirety.

    Your correspondence portrays confusion at best as nowhere in our letter dated June 18th 2010 by implication or otherwise did we state that the above mentioned donation was NOT a political contribution and we challenge you or anyone else to prove the contrary. Whether, your client admits it or not everyone in the Sandals/Beaches Group hierarchy knew or ought to have known of such a significant donations.

    Let us be very clear with you as we have been with Dr. Payne when he visited our office on the 20th May 2010. The US$500,000.00 which we received on behalf of our client was a political contribution given by your clients to assist with funding the re-election campaign of the PNP government. When Dr. Payne came to our office, he was advised of this and we referred him to our client by name and told him that with our client consent specifics of how the funds were disperse from our office could and would be released to him. Surely as an attorney yourself you should be aware that we operate on instructions, we were told by our client that no such request for the release of such information was ever made of him by Dr. Payne or anyone else from the Sandals/Beaches Group of Companies; that being the case the assertion that your make in paragraph 2 of your letter is shameful speculation and completely discredited. Surely. Dr. Payne would not and cannot in good conscientious say that our office was unhelpful as we provided him with the dates and amounts of the payments received into our client account, that same information was utilised by Misick & Stanbrook in their letter dated June 16th 2010 addressed to ourselves.

    It is denied that neither the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of the group nor any other senior officers did not have knowledge of or authorized the transfer of the funds to us on behalf of our client. Your clients are well aware of the political contributions when it was made and how it was made. Certainly, it can not now be your argument the US$500,000 was transferred in three instalments from your client’s bank into our client account without the knowledge
    of Hon Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman or anyone else in senior management at Sandals/Beaches Group you surely cannot be arguing that out of the blue US$500,000.00 was wrongly deposited to our client account.

    We cannot fathom the reason your client is now trying to suggest that it did not knowingly give the political contribution to our client but we can assure your client that any assertion or suggestion of wrong doing by our client’s part will be vigorously defended to the fullest extent of the Law.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chalmers & Co.

    T. Chal Misick

    cc. Misick & Stanbrook
    Michael Misick – Former Leader of the PNP


  336. Winner takes it all? the loser will stand Small?

    Building me a home… thinking I belonged there…but I was a fool…playing by the rules?

    The judges will decide….You’ve come to shake my hand…seeing me so tense….no self confidence…

    apologise…cold as ice…rules must be obeyed…

    money money money

  337. “We cannot fathom the reason your client is now trying to suggest that it did not knowingly give the political contribution to our client but we can assure your client that any assertion or suggestion of wrong doing by our client’s part will be vigorously defended to the fullest extent of the Law.”

  338. Llewellyn Fires Back

    “There is no evidential basis to support that criticism because when one looks at the fact, it is quite clear that the normal high standard of professionalism that we use in all the MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty) matters that we processed and for which we have been internationally commended was also used,”


    Step Aside Now

    The selection of acting CEO of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), Camile Buchanan, to represent the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the next general election is in violation of the Public Services Regulations, the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has charged.

    Joining the debate over reports that Commissioner of Customs Danville Walker and executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Joan Gordon-Webley, were also planning to represent the JLP, the JCSA, through its president, Oneil Grant, said the regulations and the Staff Orders for public servants are “very, very clear”.


  339. EDITORIAL – It’s Gone Badly Wrong At DPP’s Office

    Something is badly amiss in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Several months ago, the DPP told the Jamaican public that her office had dispatched to the relevant agencies in Great Britain a request for evidence to advance a claim of corruption against a governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parliamentarian and former junior minister, Mr Joseph Hibbert.

    Recall: Mabey & Johnson pleaded guilty to corruption, conceded that it bribed Mr Hibbert, and undertook to reimburse payments to Jamaica. To be fair, Mr Hibbert denies the allegations against him.

    So now, Ms Llewellyn has revealed that the request to the British authorities for the information on Mr Hibbert is yet to leave her office. The excuse of the DPP: “certain information” required by her office, to “lay the basis in law” for the request under MLAT, has not been provided by the police.

    Apparently, neither the DPP nor any of her deputies or other senior officials in that agency was aware of this lapse and that the request was still lodged, perhaps in a weathered file jacket, on foolscap paper with a one-third margin, somewhere in their offices. Meanwhile, Ms Llewellyn points an accusatory finger at the police who, despite recent improvements, would make no great claim to efficiency. Yet, the handling of the Hibbert affair is no poster for competence on the part of the Office of the DPP.

    Corruption crisis

    Indeed, Ms Llewellyn would hardly complain, we expect, if the Hibbert matter was represented as a metaphor for the operation of her office. It appears to lacks the energy to robustly prosecute corruption, which, according to Mr Greg Christie, the contractor general, has reached “disproportionate, if not crisis, levels in Jamaica”.

    In a recent speech in New York, Mr Christie noted that his office, based on its investigations, had in three years made 40 referrals to the DPP, but that “not one has been brought before the courts to test its judicial efficiency”.

  340. The Prime Minister disclosed that he met with a major investor on Sunday who indicated that he would proceed with setting up business in Jamaica only after the elections are held.

    The investor reportedly urged the Prime Minister not to delay the polls and to call it as quickly as possible.


    “The investor reportedly urged the Prime Minister not to delay the polls and to call it as quickly as possible.”

  341. 1. “Investor” local or foreign?

    2. “Investor” What is their view on the clear IMF uncertainty and other macro indicators?

    3. “Investor” Reason for investing? Motive?

    4. “Investor” Who wants to sway a PM on an election decision? Public Policy experience? – We have had enough of David Smith types.

    5. “Investor” Why is an election needed to invest? What bearing does that have?

    6. “Investor” Why not enthuse the public? Why not a press release?

    “Two (unnamed) diplomats told me”

    “Investor” Jamaica needs a new day. Private urging of Jamaica’s PM…the people have had enough.

    We do not need a PM easily fooled or swayed on hype.


  342. In lowering its outlook on the Caribbean island to negative from stable, S&P also noted that domestic politics are shifting. It said Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s recent resignation opens the possibility for early elections and a change in administration.

    The firm also noted Jamaica’s standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund has halted.


  343. The contractor general has written Prime Minister Andrew Holness in an attempt to initiate talks regarding the concerns of the Office of the Contractor General, and the pervasive perception of corruption in public contracting in Jamaica.

    Contractor General Greg Christie has asserted that several of his office’s recommendations to address the problem have been ignored.


    OLINT Number 11000595 Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Andrew Holness 10-Apr-07 $93,578.51

  344. Reflected in your taxes PM? But I not seeing it? Yes I have that too…

  345. Lies, damned lies and News International

    Emails show that company knew three years ago of widespread culture of hacking among senior journalists

    Secret internal documents kept by News International reveal that executives knew three years ago that there was “overwhelming” evidence of senior journalists’ involvement in phone hacking. A cache of new documents – company legal letters, briefing papers, and notes from telephone conversations – shows the private thoughts of the controlling core of executives.

    They provide devastating evidence of their fear of the fallout from hacking, and the efforts they made to keep any evidence away from public examination. Even as the company publicly denied that voicemail interception had spread beyond a single “rogue reporter”, the company’s senior legal advisers were warning in 2008 of the weight of evidence showing that their long-standing defence against hacking was “fatally” damaged and their situation was commercially “perilous”.

    The documents heap pressure on the already embattled News Corp European chairman, James Murdoch, who had been the presumed heir to his father’s global media empire. With his credibility now on the line, Mr Murdoch will be questioned by MPs next Thursday about how his account of the phone-hacking scandal differs to those given by his key lieutenants and lawyers – specifically about when, and how much, he knew about the internal hacking culture at the News of the World.

    Internal investigations into three NOTW journalists are also listed. NI has previously said independent examination of the company’s journalistic practices revealed nothing illegal. There is also mention of “James” [Murdoch] potentially advising that the “cancer” should be “cut out”.

    “NGN must be vicariously liable for the conducts of its employees unless they were acting on a frolic of their own”. He further states that, if the Taylor case is “paraded at a public trial”, this will be “extremely damaging to NGN’s reputation”.

    A settlement of £725,000 was eventually reached.

    He is appearing in front of the Select Committee on 10 November and will be happy to answer any further questions then”.


  346. Media…Media

    What a low settlement ehh Smitty?

  347. EDITORIAL – S&P And Jamaica’s Economic Crisis

    Jamaica is in the junk bond category. More worryingly, S&P told investors that its outlook on Jamaica is now negative, rather than stable.

    The more immediate consequence of this is that, perchance Jamaica were to go to the market to raise debt, lenders would demand higher rates.

    Moreover, what the selective default of 2010 offered was breathing space, not dissipation of an obligation. The crisis will worsen if nothing is done.

    It is time, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared, to stop running away and face reality.


  348. He told the enthusiastic Labourites that earlier on Sunday, he and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett met with a major investor who indicated that he was willing to set up business in the country after the elections are held.
    The investor, he added, wanted to know that he was at the helm of the country before making his investment.
    “During the meeting the investor said ‘Prime minister I want to invest in your country; I have some investment pending, but I want to know that after the elections you still will be the prime minister’,” Holness said.
    Added Holness: “He said prime minister ‘I am very anxious and I believe that you should call the elections as soon as possible because of the vision that you have for the country; investors are waiting to come into your country and I want to do business in your country. I am sure that in doing business I will create employment, so call the election and get it over with’.”
    Holness told the gathering that he believes that the electorate is expressing similar sentiments to that of the investor, “so let’s get it over with; let’s get on with the business.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-ready-to-get-it-over-with_10054223#ixzz1cXaMiBJp

  349. “He told the enthusiastic Labourites that earlier on Sunday, he and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett met with a major investor…”

    4NX Ponzi

    Bartlett, Edmund or Carmen Miramar Florida Account number 10005072 $986,945.27


    OLINT Number 11000595 Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Andrew Holness 10-Apr-07 $93,578.51

  350. Sounds like another David Smith et al CON MAN scheme.

    Why can’t the “so called invest only if JLP is in power investor” be named if they are so adamant in their stance?

    Jamaica does not need anymore behind the scenes David Smith/Olint political manipulation.

    Especially from known ponzi operatives.

    Bartlett and Holness do…same old? No change? Do Jamaica a favor and step down.

    Did you get paid your investments back while the non connected citizen remains out of their money? And Minister…Bartlett your accounting looks like more was drawn than was put in…

    FSC “Don’t you think you should warn Jamaica about talk of phantom investor who will talk to politicians but not with the people of Jamaica?”

  351. So the jamaican people are so fool-fool to believe Minister Edmund Bartlett about phantom investor coming to Jamaica (contingent of a JLP win at the polls)

    Yet Bartlett who “invests” in Miramar does not say if he has told phantom investor that.?????

    Not even going to speak to “Australian Model” today because IMF says NO MORE BORROWING – no even for capital equipment for “waterfront expansion.”

  352. From : Audley Shaw[mailto:fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com]
    Sent : 11/11/2006 11:01:13 AM
    To : dsmith@kasnet.com
    Cc :
    Subject : RE: fx trading

    “A friend of mine is keen on investing and would like to talk with you or better yet, he wants to meet with you if possible. He has asked me
    to fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you.”

    “He [Holness] told the enthusiastic Labourites that earlier on Sunday, he and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett met with a major investor…”

    Same old Rubbish PM Holness?….

  353. Getting rid of all discredited political candidates

    The annual financial disclosure requirements for MPs must be filed and updated.

    Anyone, including an MP, who is currently facing criminal charges cannot be a candidate until they are exonerated. The same applies to persons under active investigation by a foreign government or international organisation.

    Any person aspiring to be a candidate must be able to explain publicly why any foreign government has withdrawn their visa.


  354. Bruce Golding (where to start? First he claims it is no crime to be associated with gunmen while President of the NDM in 1999; defends Tivoli in just about every public forum including to an international audience on HardTalk while at the same time claiming that the people of Tivoli are all innocent and that he wants to clean up garrisons (at the same time as promoting Tivoli as a model by the way); inserts himself into a extradition request for which he has no business as he was neither Coke’s lawyer, a judge nor the Attorney-General and “sanctions” an initiative to deceive US officials by hiring a law firm to lobby for the extradition request to be dropped (and in the process definitely violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act of the US (under the act it is illegal to lobby on the behalf of a person wanted for crimes if I’m not mistaken) as well as some other laws probably (wilfully deceiving US authorities, attempting to obstruct justice, misrepresentation towards Manatt as being the government but apparently really going to them in the capacity of the JLP..); knowingly allowing at least 3 members of his own party to violate the constitution in order to win and so that the government wouldn’t fall (even though in 2007 had he placed others who could have been properly qualified or just put his foot down and made sure they were all qualified he would probably still have won as the idea of it being time for a change in government resonated with enough people that the JLP always stood a better chance than the PNP of winning then) while at the same time claiming to defend constitutional rights and so forth, sanctioning illegality in order to reveal Trafigura (for those who don’t know it was only revealed as a result of a bank employee violating banking laws and the JLP encouraging it); tacitly supporting criminality from his own constituents when they barricaded roads for the Dudus in clear violation of the laws governing freedom of movement and public thoroughfares).

  355. Melasante Daley
    I have a problem with Holness statement that the investor will only invest in Jamaica, only if him Holness is PM. If Holness has any loyalty to Jamaica, why wouldn’t he tell the investor that Jamaica is bigger than him, and therefore, his decision should not be made on his account? I get it that Holness wants to look good and justify calling an early election. But shouldn’t his decision to call early electio be based on what’s best for the country over a single foreign investors demand?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-ready-to-get-it-over-with_10054223#ixzz1catlsDX0

  356. OCG Widens West Parade Probe

    The Office of Contractor General (OCG) has widened its probe into the sale of 35 West Parade in downtown Kingston, Jamaica by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

    The OCG made the decision after learning that the UDC had not disclosed all the offers it got for the building.

    The OCG began its probe after lawyers, representing businessman Michael Mahfood, wrote to the OCG explaining that their client has occupied the building for approximately 30 years, but was not allowed to purchase it despite several offers.

    Mahfood said he was surprised to learn recently that the building had been sold to Bashco Limited, as his offers had been refused on the basis that the land was required for road widening.

    However, the OCG said it has now received correspondence from another law firm representing Fifth Avenue Traders Limited, which is also a tenant on the property.

    The law firm claimed its client also made several offers to buy the property.

    The last offer was reportedly made in August when it proposed to pay $32 million for the property, which is higher than the $31.4 million dollars the UDC reportedly received from Bashco.

    The OCG said the UDC failed to disclose the fact that there was at least one other tenant in the premises who had made recent offers or proposals to purchase the property.

    The OCG noted that this failure is in spite of several correspondences received from the UDC in response to questions about the sale.

    The UDC board has conceded that the sale breached procurement rules and said it would take steps to end the sale agreement and have the property advertised.

    However, head of Bascho, Gassan Azan, has vowed to fight attempts to end the agreement.

    The controversy surrounding the sale of the West Parade property has led to the indefinite suspension of Joy Douglas as general manager.

    Meanwhile, UDC chairman, Wayne Chen, said it was only two weeks ago that the board of the corporation became aware of the offer from Fifth Avenue Traders.

    He also said he welcomes the contractor general’s probe into the UDC.



    SANDALS “has nothing to hide” in relation to a US investigation into its Turks & Caicos operations, confirmation of the probe coming in a lawsuit alleging some $1.65 million of the resort chain’s funds were improperly transferred through the Bahamas for the seeming benefit of disgraced former premier, Michael Missick.

    Dr Pyne claimed the Bahamian action initiated against him resulted “from an investigation being carried out by the US authorities in respect of whether Sandals or Mr Stewart made political contributions to Michael Missick.

    “Based on the same, Mr Stewart has wrongfully sought to allege that I, in my capacity as managing director of Gorstew, forwarded the funds to Michael Missick without Mr Sewart’s approval or instructions.

    “It is correct to state that there is an investigation ongoing by the United States authorities into Sandals’ affairs in the Turks & Caicos,” Mr Singh conceded.

    He admitted that Sandals had in the past made a political contribution to Mr Missick’s party, the Progressive National Party, but said these transfers were unauthorised.

    A November 2009 meeting at Prestigious Properties, involving the investigating team, two Missick brothers and Dr Pyne was held. Mr Singh alleged the Sandals executives were told “that the funds in question had not in fact been used to purchase property for Sandals, but had been used to pay off Michael’s (Missick) personal expenses.”
    Hand-written notes attached to the Prestigious Properties accounts indicated the $1 million was used to pay items such as Michael Missick’s credit card bill, plus “parental support and gifts” to Jacqueline Lightbourne, believed to be the mother of some of the former premier’s children.


  358. Michael Misick rape case- the “victim” may have been involved in a Menage

    Vanessa states that after a little girl talk, Cynthia suggested they get naked. She notes here that fellow partiers Mike Pernod and Andrew Ashcroft walked by the pool at one point and saw them but left after saying hello.

    Vanessa states that Cynthia then surprised her with a kiss on the lips. And that they then proceeded to engage in lesbian sex acts that went on for a long time.

    At this point, she claims that their menage-a-trois involved her having sexual contact even while Cynthia was having sexual intercourse with the Premier.

    Ashcroft drove her to her hotel at Nikki Beach

    (Incidentally, I have omitted the more pornographic parts of her statement in the interest of public decency.)


    Barristers and Attorneys

    June 16th, 2010

    T. Chal Misick Esq.
    Chalmers & Co.
    Attorney’s at Law
    Suite A1, Windsor Place
    Leeward Highway

    Via Delivery

    Dear Chal,


    We act for Sandals Resorts.

    Can you please confirm with us that you acted for the Progressive National Party, (“the PNP”) one of the two (2) political parties in the Turks and Caicos Islands around March 2006.

    It is our understanding that our client made US$500,000.00 in donations to the PNP. These monies were sent via wire transfer to your firm as follows:

    1. US$200,000.00 on March 2nd, 2006;
    2. US$150,000.00 on March 9th, 2006;
    3. US$150,000.00 0n March 27th, 2006.

    We will be grateful if you can confirm receipt of the funds and how the funds were disburse providing dates and the identity of the payee. Please also confirm the person or persons on whose instruction you made the payment.

    This is a matter of urgency and your immediate attention to this matter is appreciated.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

    Yours Sincereley,

    Jahmal Misick

  360. A Sun journalist has been arrested as part of Scotland Yard’s investigation into alleged payments to police officers by newspapers.

    Operation Evelyn is one of three Met investigations relating to alleged illegal activities by newspapers. The others are Operation Weeting and Operation Tuleta, set up to examine phone hacking and computer hacking, respectively.


  361. i. Defendant was Acting within the Scope of his Employment
    Here, Defendant was acting within the scope of his employment while he was operating his scheme to defraud. Defendant’s role with TCI FX Traders was to set up, maintain, and run the trading activities of its investors. As part of his duties and as part of his scheme to defraud, Defendant solicited and caused others to solicit prospective clients to open trading accounts at TCI FX Traders based upon, among other things, his promise to use investors’ funds to engage in Forex trading and representations that by investing in Forex trading through him TCI FX Traders investors could expect a high return on their investment each month, with only twenty percent of their investment at risk. However, in actuality and as part of the scheme, Defendant made, and caused others to make, false representations concerning his investment strategies to clients and prospective clients, created fraudulent trading statements and advised potential andcurrent investors, and others, that he had never suffered a loss during a single trading period and had always experienced gains.

    ii. Defendant Intended to Benefit not only Himself but TCI FX Traders

    Defendant admittedly made false representations in order to induce new and continued investments by clients and prospective clients. By making these false representations, Defendant benefitted not only himself, but TCI FX Traders. To be sure, Defendant used corporate funds to purchase a $2 million residence and other property in Providenciales, TCI and elsewhere; make a down payment for the purchase of a Lear jet; pay for frequent travel on the jet; host guests while paying all their expenses at hotels and restaurants; sponsor a Jazz Festival in Jamaica; purchase expensive vehicles for himself and others; purchase jewelry for himself and others; purchase expensive vacations in the Caribbean and the United States; make political contributions; and gamble at casinos.

    iii. The Innocent Owner Defense does Not Apply when a Corporation has been Established to Serve an Employee’s Illicit Activities

    More specifically, an employee’s knowledge of illicit conduct can be imputed to a corporation upon a showing that the “corporation was merely a ‘sham’ corporation, designed solely to protect an individual’s illicit activities.”

    Defendant used TCI FX Traders solely to protect his illicit activities. While from the outside TCI FX Traders appeared to be a legitimate investment company, as discussed more fully above, it was nothing more than a sham company, designed to facilitate Defendant’s scheme to defraud. TCI FX Traders was not separate and apart from the illegal activity, but an integral part of the illegal activity, that conducted no legitimate business because it was a fraud. But for TCI FX Traders, Defendant would not have had a platform to take money from investors and use it for his own personal benefit. Moreover, both the corporation and Defendant benefitted from Defendant’s scheme to defraud. Consequently, TCI FX Traders was a sham corporation and Defendant’s knowledge of the fraud is properly imputed to it.

  362. Commiserations again…will they sue you now John Wildish? Life is like a lottery sometimes…

  363. tu auras plus de chance la prochaine fois!

    Go back to Turks from Jamaica. Campaigning? But Trowbridge advised Sling and Doope about the campaigning frolic buck in 2007.

    Proverbs Ch1, 10-33

    10: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
    11: If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
    12: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
    13: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
    14: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
    15: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
    16: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
    17: Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
    18: And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
    19: So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
    20: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
    21: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
    22: How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
    23: Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
    24: Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
    25: But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
    26: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
    27: When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
    28: Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
    29: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
    30: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
    31: Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
    32: For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
    33: But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

  364. SIPT make arrest

    A FORTY-seven-year-old man was arrested on corruption charges in Providenciales on Wednesday.

    The unnamed accused – believed to be a high profile member of the former ousted government – was taken in by police as the sluggish pace of the Helen Garlick-led investigations finally appeared to be gathering pace.


  365. Danville Says Audley Got Him Into Politics

    The outgoing commissioner of customs Danville Walker has revealed that he was invited to enter representation politics by the finance minister Audley Shaw.

    A former director of election, Mr Walker was forced to demit that office in May 2008, because he was a dual citizen.

    Under Jamaica’s Representation of the People Act, Mr Walker should not have been the director of elections being he held dual nationality.

    To: David Smith
    From: Audley Shaw (fitzalbert_2@ yahoo.com)
    David, as promised, I’m sending you the JLP Manifesto for 2007. Thanks for everything including your companionship yesterday. Regards and compliments. Audley.


  366. The CIA is watching you!
    US agency follows five million people daily on Twitter, Facebook

    At the agency’s Open Source Centre, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.

    While most are based in Virginia, the analysts also are scattered throughout US embassies worldwide to get a step closer to the pulse of their subjects.

    The most successful analysts, Naquin said, are something like the heroine of the crime novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, a quirky, irreverent computer hacker who “knows how to find stuff other people don’t know exists”.

    Those with a master’s degree in library science and multiple languages, especially those who grew up speaking another language, “make a powerful open source officer”, Naquin said.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-CIA-is-watching-you-_10098645#ixzz1cp6WEKCz

  367. Global recession grows closer as G20 summit fails

    Admitting that he had been given a crash course in European politics, Obama urged Greek and Italian parliaments to take decisive action to control their deficits and combat what he described as some of the psychological origins of the crisis.


  368. To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)

    David, I must express our thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    Office of the Prime Minister
    Jamaica House Kingston
    21st November 2008
    Dear Sir,
    I refer to your letter of November 21, 2008
    I suggest that you focus your energies on tendering appropriate legal advice to your client.
    Yours sincerely,
    Bruce Golding

    [Worry about your ” ” wire transfer son son…]

    Close confidants of David and large Olint investors have called me and told me to leave David alone, I am hurting him, even some of my friends who know David Smith have warned me to be careful, thy have asked me why am I pushing the matter, why am I seeking he truth, why am i talking to the authorities about David Smith. On Friday 19th September 2008 about 7:30 p.m, I received a phone call from David Smith in the presence of my wife Carol Wildish, he said to me, “John Wildish may you burn in hell forever”, he then disconnected.

    I have also received numerous phone calls from his associates and investors of Olint saying that my search for the truth is causing David so much troubles that he cannot pay Olint investors back. Some of these people are JUDY JONES from Providenciales and SALEEM LAZARUS from Jamaica.

    My response to this and to them and everybody else has been that, one cannot be afraid of the truth, and that the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the US Department of Justice are simply agents of the truth and need help and co-operation from all involved. SALEEM LAZARUS, a Jamaican national who invested a lot of money in Olint told me that he cannot believe that I would tell people to go to the authorities and tell them the truth.

    From the affidavit of John Wildish


  369. News International hired a former police officer trained in surveillance by MI5 to follow two lawyers bringing phone hacking cases against the News of the World, it emerged last night.

    Derek Webb, a covert operations expert who ran a private investigations company called Silent Shadow, said he was paid by the NOTW to carry out surveillance on Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris to gather information as part of an attempt to discredit them.


  370. Last week the Turks and Caicos Islands were abuzz about the arrest and subsequent release on bail of a former minister of government in the previous Michael Misick administration. Though an arrest was confirmed, the individual was not named.

    This week there were reports of two other high profile individuals being arrested.

    It does appear that after 18 months of investigations special prosecutor Helen Garlick and her team members are approaching a point in time that will finally see many of the individuals who orchestrated the greatest crime spree in TCI history finally being brought to justice.

    There is little value in naming names just at this time and potentially some risk in interfering with the investigation. As we look back a year from now, the names will be well known and the scope of the malfeasance will be more than clear.

    However, for regular citizens and residents of the TCI as well as for policy makers here and in London struggling to right the ship of state, it is still vitally important to keep in mind a sense of the scope of the malfeasance that has taken place in the TCI during the decade 1999-2009.


  371. SIPT comprises a group of British officials, led by renowned British Barrister, Helen Garlick, which was established to unravel a number of apparently fraudulent business transactions involving several property giants and five members of parliament in the former government, and bring criminal charges against them if warranted.
    The persons associated with the SIPT probe are former Premier Michael Misick, his Deputy, Floyd Hall, former Environment Minister, McAllister Hanchell, former Health Minister, Lillian Boyce, and former Housing Minister, Jeffrey Hall.
    Bribery and ‘lavish hospitality’ in return for favours are some of the allegations made against the parties involved.

    His charge of bribery stem from an allegation that a gift of $150,000 was made by the Seven Stars developer to former Deputy Premier Floyd Hall the day before the 2007 general election. The prosecution claim the money was: “purportedly as a campaign donation but which the Hon. Floyd Hall paid into the business account of his company, Paradigm”.
    Civre’s court appearance follows the November 03 arrest of a 47-year-old male former cabinet minister of the last government. Also, a 42-year-old female and former cabinet member was reportedly arrested on Monday, November 07.
    Additionally, Weekly News has received unconfirmed reports that another senior female within the previous government was set to be arrested on Thursday, November 10.
    It has been unofficially stated that a number of arrests of former officials and leading businesspersons – possibly as many as 20 – may be made within the next few days, with them all being dragged before the court next month.


  372. MF Global fires all 1,066 staff as trustees hunt for lost $600m
    MF Global, US brokerage run by former Goldman Sachs boss Jon Corzine, fires 1,066 staff, while regulators search for funds that went missing before collapse

    The move comes as the US justice department and financial regulators are conducting a search for the missing money. Regulators believe the funds went missing shortly before the broker’s collapse. This week MF Global’s regulator, the US commodities futures trading commission, announced that it had formally opened an investigation into the broker and had issued subpoenas to MF Global and its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers.


  373. As for coming to Mr. Civre’s defense; attorneys for associates of Michael Misick should impress emphatically upon Michael’s script writers that whenever Michael Misick comes to the defense of anyone, most independent observers take that as a sign of certain guilt.


    Mike Misick’s statement on Jak Civre’s charges
    By Mike Misick

    “In recent history, every single substantial investor both local and foreign has given political contributions to both parties and individual politicians to further their political aims. In the absence of campaign finance laws there is nothing illegal about campaign contributions.”

    “Since Mr. Civre is charged everyone who has given political contributions should also be charged. It is wrong for the British governor and his persecutors to hand pick developers to charge for giving political contributions when all have given political contributions.”

    Wait Misick a real JLP for sure “end justify the means.” A labourite was on t.v. speaking about a Christie investigation saying in defense,” for us it represents a small project on our books”

    What does the relative size of the “investment” have to do with right or wrong Jak Civre?

  374. Golding bows out of representational politics

    Former Prime Minister, and outgoing Jamaica Labour Party leader, Bruce Golding, on Sunday officially announced that he will not be contesting the upcoming general election.

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    Forget the Murdoch family drama – media power needs checking
    Beyond the soap opera of the News Corp succession, we must remember we got here because one group got too powerful

    In the end President Nixon resigned. Which, of course, provided a useful bookend for the film All the President’s Men. One hesitates to state the obvious in a column purporting to offer insight, but without an ending there can be no movie.

    The question, endlessly, is who will succeed Rupert Murdoch, and the issue won’t go away because the 80-year-old shows no signs of moving on.

    At the moment we are not even clear what occurred on 10 June 2008 when three men met to talk about Gordon Taylor.

    We got here, in part, because one media group became too powerful. That cannot be allowed to happen again, which is why a minimum outcome of the Leveson inquiry would be reform of Britain’s lax cross-media ownership laws. As the US constitution recognises, everyone needs to be kept in check.


  375. With this in mind I would like to point out that much of the time Beaches hires and promotes from within. Herein lies the problem, many times those who Beaches promotes may be experts in finance, cooking, housekeeping, landscaping, book keeping and the likes. Yet these men and women of great ability and talent may have risen to great heights on merit and do not have a proper command of legal words and how the great British legal system functions.

    So when legal matters arise these men who are experts in their respective fields appear to become confused and mixed up, this is I think what has happened with the latest matter your fine paper reported on. Dr. Pyne in his bean counting duties has probably made a ledger error and he and Beaches are now having beans trying to explain it to those in authority, as Dr. Pine probably does not have proper command of legal words and know how to deal with an ledger entry like this.

    It is my belief that Dr. Pyne coming from Jamaica was not schooled in proper English and legal words like the Conductor was, and this is causing problems for our most dynamic and productive company.

    In defense of Dr. Pine I would like to say, “Dr. Pyne probably does not know what the word “Honorariums” means, this is what the Conductor used when he had to pay off all and sundry to get our very expensive Hospital deal done, and as far as the record shows our Conductor used it to pay political lights, the AG’s office and many others with great effect and it is 100% legal, as the Governor signed this off himself.”

    Dr. Pyne who as your fine publication has pointed out was in charge of counting beans down at Beaches obviously failed to put certain entry’s in the “Honorariums” column, probably because he did not know about “Honorarium entries” like our Conductor. I would encourage those who sit in judgment over us to examine the Beaches/Sandals books and if they fail to have a “Honorariums” column I would encourage them to show some mercy to Beaches bean counter Dr. Pyne, and this our most dynamic and productive company.


    William Black


  376. SIPT may have problems getting former Premier from the DR

    By Vivian Tyson – SUN Senior Editor

    If and when ex-premier Michael Misick is charged, the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) will have problems getting him here from the Dominican Republic to face the charges if he refuses to return, since the United Kingdom does not have an extradition treaty with that Caribbean nation.
    This was revealed by a SIPT spokesperson who said its investigators are aware that Misick, who resigned as premier in 2009, after coming under pressure from members of his own cabinet and party, is currently living in the Dominican Republic.
    The SUN was informed that before Christmas this year several other persons are expected to be charged, and it is speculated that the ex-premier could be one of them.
    However, when pressed, the spokesperson would not confirm or deny that allegation, but said that some of the persons that the SIPT hopes to charge are outside of the jurisdiction at this time.
    Asked to comment on how the SIPT was planning on bringing Misick back to the territory in the event that he refuses to return to answer to charges if and when they are laid against him, the spokesperson said that could be a challenge as a result of the current treaty position between the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom.
    The spokesperson did not say whether or not the UK was working to fix that problem. According to the SIPT source, while the Helen Garlick-led team of investigators had undertaken dozens of high profile cases, this is the most unique, since the investigation outcome will impact the entire country.


  377. Bradley Manning hearing date set as court martial process finally begins
    Manning, accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks, to go to pre-trial – known as Article 32 hearing – in Maryland next month


  378. 🙂 whazzup?

  379. Cool Pertoleum now for sale. Potential buyer is a family-owned American Company. The buyer is close to completion of its due deligence on Cool Petroleum.

    Has Mr. Joseph Issa informed the potential buyers about this pending case in Broward County Florida? You do not have to be a C.P.A. to determine that USD $20M is quite a liability!

    Has Mr. Joseph Issa informed the potential buyer about the related Jamaica Supreme Court case?

    Has the potential buyer completed its due deligence on Cool Petroleum and Joseph Issa?


    Click to access Dowe_v_Issa_2_USA.pdf

  380. If and when ex-premier Michael Misick is charged, the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) will have problems getting him here from the Dominican Republic to face the charges if he refuses to return, since the United Kingdom does not have an extradition treaty with that Caribbean nation.

    However, the United Kingdom does have an extradiction treaty with Jamaica.

    Keep your eyes on the Turks and Caicos Islands!


  381. Stony Hill Red P? A you dat?

    Read between this one:

    On 22 December 1999, a letter appeared on the front page of Germany’s leading conservative daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It contained a searing attack on the country’s most highly regarded statesman, Helmut Kohl, recently retired chancellor and much-feted architect of reunification. Kohl, then mired in an ugly party funding scandal, had to be cut loose, the letter urged, as teenagers must jettison their parents to grow into adults.

    “not made a single speech that stayed in the memory”. A moderator, not a leader; a tactician, not a strategist.


  382. As for Kerr-Jarrett, she supports campaign financing, but believes that there ought to be a cap on spending.
    “I am in favour of the cap on campaign declaration. My father (JLP treasurer Chris Bovell) is one of the biggest proponents of that and he is the one who is pushing it through from the private sector point.
    “It’s a blessing in disguise for representatives. Some people will look at it as a hindrance, but it in fact protects you against any shady possibilities or the temptation to accept financing where you know that it’s not from a good source.

    From: Christopher Bovell Christopher.
    To David Smith
    Dear David,
    Please do the cheque to Stock & Securities Ltd. and I will contact Wayne on Thursday to arrange collection or delivery.
    Thanks again v. much for your help.
    Best wishes, Chris B.
    Yours sincerely
    Christopher Bovell
    48 Duke Street
    Jamaica, W.I.
    Tel.: (876)922-1500
    Fax.: (876)922-9002

  383. Reform party funding or politics will sink in sleaze, says watchdog

    Sir Christopher said: “The issue of party funding cannot be shelved until the next scandal brings it to the fore. For as long as the system remains as open to corruption as the present arrangements, the possibility of another scandal will remain.”


  384. ‘Tell Us Who Pays’

    With concerns lingering that money from criminal elements could get into the hands of politicians to finance their election campaigns, and fears about the influence that some financial backers of political parties could have on the governance of the country, most Jamaicans want to know who is paying the piper.


  385. “The poll result shows the mature thinking of Jamaicans and the recognition that the people need to know who pays the piper so they can look out for who is calling the tune,” said Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of the National Integrity Action Forum.

    “It is known that over the years money from criminal sources and powerful special interests has entered the political stream and these persons give themselves an advantage over the national interest,” added Munroe.

    From: Shalimar (shalimar@kasnet.com)
    To: David Smith
    David, Heard you were not feeling well. hope you feeling has passed, just spoke to the leader and our situation is as follows. We will be having a Mass meeting on Sunday in Mandeville presenting 60 candidates. We are mobilizing just as we did for the conference in 2006. We intend to make a statement in terms of the numbers. The cost for mobilizing the entire Island is expensive and as such we are requesting an advance on election commitment. this is due to the fact that most of the traditional corporate entity will not release funding until election has been announced. Please call me so we can disciss in details as time is of the essence. Thanks. Daryl.

  386. Olint member and David Smith confidant Andrew Holness speaks on home schooling?

    Delinquent parents could face charges

    Jamaica’s Education Minister Andrew Holness says parents who fail to send their children to school on a regular basis could face strict penalties under the Education Act and the Child Care and Protection Act.
    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday September 3, 2010 – Jamaica’s Education Minister Andrew Holness says parents who fail to send their children to school on a regular basis could face strict penalties under the Education Act and the Child Care and Protection Act.
    He says the current 80 per cent school attendance rate was unacceptable and he is considering having certain areas declared compulsory attendance zones, under the Education Act. And Holness made it clear that poverty would not be considered a valid excuse for absenteeism.


    Two significant events unfolded yesterday, Tuesday November 22, 2011.

    The Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, SIPT, issued a press release announcing four additional arrests in the last 48 hours. (The short press release is posted today on the Journal). Though not named in the press release, reports are that the four included three former ministers of the previous Michael Misick government.


  388. [Received 9:03 hrs – Nov. 25th]

    Issued on behalf of the SIPT:

    “The Special Investigation Prosecution Team (SIPT) can confirm that it arrested and bailed a 43 year old man yesterday, Thursday, 24 November, in connection with its ongoing inquiry.”

    [Received 16:09 hrs – Nov. 25th]

    Issued on behalf of the SIPT:

    “A 48 year old man was interviewed by the SIPT and has been charged today with conspiring to defraud the TCIG. He has been bailed to appear at Providenciales Magistrates’ Court on 6th December.”


  389. “They charged me with conspiracy, but they know deep in their hearts that they had no reason or evidence to charge me. I want to say publicly that I am completely innocent. There’s a God above and he alone will be my ultimate judge,” Boyce said.


    Smitty you going to run for the Chalk Sound seat like you said? Is the way clear for you now Smitty?

  390. “Et tu Brute”


    By Royal S. Robinson, MBE

    My people do not be fooled by the smiling guile of Governor Todd. He is cut from the same cloth as the other deceivers, even if it is the sleeve and not the hem. I do not want you to say, sometime later when he drives the dagger into you, “Et tu Brute”?


    Hmm….yes yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look….you little maggots….

  391. Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer accuses the ANC of apartheid-style censorship
    Secrecy law to muzzle press will affect all writers, says poet and fighter against black oppression

    Nobel prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has spoken out against her government’s controversial new secrecy legislation, suggesting it is a move back towards the harsh censorship that existed under apartheid.

    In an article written for the ObserverGordimer said freedom of expression had been “struck out as a danger to the state”, under the harsh Protection of State Information Bill, which may become law in South Africa by the end of the year.

    Gordimer argues that the attack on media freedom is an attack on everyone’s “right to know and think”, which would affect the work of all writers.

    “The intention of this bill is to stop the media from disclosing corruption, malpractice and misgovernance, and inefficiencies,” he said. “It is a betrayal of the commitment to a free press and the constitutional commitment to a free press because it is so wide-ranging.

    She became active in the then banned South African National Congress after the Sharpeville massacre, and was one of the first people Nelson Mandela asked to see when he was released in 1990.

    Click to access United_States_vs_Christopher_Coke.pdf

  392. “If information comes to me that I consider to be information that requires the public to be made aware of, in protection of my democracy, you coulda’ preach till you drop down I going to be calling press conference after press conference…”

    Bruce Golding

    Whatever Happened To Bruce Golding?
    Published: Tuesday | November 29, 2011

    Golding’s recent comments from the JLP conference platform would suggest that his primary concern in demitting office was to engineer a political manoeuvre to keep his party in power. The Gleaner noted that Golding had painted himself as a “master strategist” when he said, “What a difference that play has made on the political landscape … .”

    Well, if the departure was pure expediency based on negative polling, we must acknowledge that he performed his trick flawlessly. Had Mr Golding been an adviser to David Smith, OLINT would probably be alive and kicking.

    However much he was being asked to “pack his bags and go”, Mr Golding’s remarks didn’t acknowledge that there was a legitimate basis for asking him to leave. That seemed entirely beside the point.


  393. PR man Colin Neita’s “Role” expands? After writing for Judge Scriven asking for leniency for David Smith Neita resurfaces in the local press…

    In fact, Mr Colin Neita, the public relations and marketing manager for the JFLL, alluded to that fact when he was quoted in this week’s Sunday Observer as saying that the staff members on the programme “will be facilitated, encouraged and motivated in an environment that builds self-confidence, affirms the competencies these employees already have, and enriches the critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and innovative skills”.

    So, as Mr Neita correctly concluded in relation to the JFLL/MegaMart arrangement: “This is truly a win-win partnership” because one of the JFLL’s goals is to increase workplace productivity.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/MegaMart-is-setting-the-perfect-example_10278438#ixzz1f5XlnqY2

  394. Mike Henry Resigns
    Published: Tuesday November 29, 2011 | 10:37 pm0 Comments
    The OCG says there appeared to be serious irregularities in the procurement of $62 million dollars worth of office furniture with money from the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works Project.
    According to the contractor general, the transport and works ministry and the National Works Agency (NWA) did not follow the Government’s Procurement Procedures in buying the furniture.
    At the same time, there appeared to be confusion over who bought the five containers of furniture, now at the NWA’s St Andrew offices.
    The OCG says at one stage, it was told by the NWA that the furniture was procured by China Habour Engineering Company, the entity with the contract for the multi-million dollar Palisadoes Shoreline Project.
    But the OCG says the NWA also advised that the items were bought through an agreement between the NWA and its suppliers Stationery and Office Supplies Ltd.
    Despite this, the OCG says the NWA provided other documents which revealed that the official quotation from Stationery and Office Supplies for the sale of the furniture to the NWA was billed to a customer named “J. Robertson”.
    The contractor general said he found it curious that the quotation was neither addressed to the NWA nor to China Harbour.
    From: David Lazarus
    To: David Smith
    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.

    Several politicians are named in the emails. Some are said to have received funding, while others allegedly asked for financial assistance.
    James Robertson, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, is one of them.
    Detailed email
    However, Robertson yesterday categorically denied receiving funding from Smith or Olint.
    “The St Thomas Education Development Foundation and my campaign in West St Thomas did not receive any funding directly from David Smith,” Robertson told The Gleaner last night.
    In one correspondence, purportedly from Robertson and sent from a close relative’s email account, a request was made for Smith to provide “support” that would “make a meaningful difference to the Jamaica Labour Party’s success”. The email included a local bank account number.
    “I can’t remember. I send hundreds of emails and I am not denying that I am aware or have knowledge or know David,” Robertson said.
    “I am not denying that there was contact.I am denying nothing but in terms of that specific, I can’t answer that.”

  395. Mike Henry, What to say, “A fool is parted of many things”


    IMF reps should ‘see and blind, hear and deaf’
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/IMF-reps-should–see-and-blind–hear-and-deaf-_10285236#ixzz1fCFs3TXD

  397. Journalists reminded of relationship between media and Government

    Senior Editor at the Washington Post and President of the Inter-American Press Association, Milton Coleman has reminded local journalists that there should be an adversarial relationship between the media and the government.

    And he says if the media more often than not appears anti-government, the audience is expected to become suspicious.

  398. This one is a real “read between the liner” and instructive for the Olint matters and what is coming along the line:

    David Blunkett ‘secretly accepted pay-off’

    Since the 2010 election, Labour MPs have been more willing to go public with their concerns about possible breaches of privacy, but Mr Blunkett, a former News of the World columnist and friend of the former NI chief executive Rebekah Brooks, has kept a notably low profile.

    His fellow Labour MP Tom Watson said yesterday: “It is extremely disappointing that David Blunkett, as both an MP and a former home secretary, would choose to do a secret deal rather than give comfort to victims who don’t have his power to come forward at the time Parliament was chipping away at this scandal.

    “His testimony would have been helpful in shedding light on the company’s attempts to keep the lid on it all. Rather than fulfilling a public duty to speak out, it makes you wonder why he would do it like this. I would definitely like to know when Mr Blunkett was aware that he might have been a victim of hacking as his evidence would have been very useful.”


  399. Email trail leads to James Murdoch

    James Murdoch’s repeated assertion that he was never shown evidence that phone hacking at his company went beyond a “rogue reporter” was dramatically undermined last night. An internal email that he was sent, suggesting hacking was “rife” at the News Of The World and talking of a “nightmare scenario” of multiple victims, was released by a Commons committee.


  400. This brings me to the parental role the British are playing by implementing structural reforms to help us avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. But let me hasten to clarify that I use the term parental advisedly.

    For, on the one hand, far too many of our people seem oblivious to the fact that, even though our country is known these days as a British Overseas Territory, we are still for all intents and purposes a British Dependent Territory. And nothing demonstrates this quite like our having to rely on the British government not just to prosecute our crooked politicians, but also to bail us out of the financial black hole we got ourselves into.

    On the other hand, far too many of our British overseers seem oblivious to the fact that they are partially responsible for creating and, by current accounts, now deepening that black hole. And nothing demonstrates this quite like British officials not just ignoring for years the alarms some of us were sounding about the corruption they are now trying to clean up, but also reporting recently that our national debt has almost tripled from $71 million to $200 million all under their fiscal management.

    This latter point is especially noteworthy because it also reinforces what I have been trying to impress upon the British for some time now: namely, that some of us may be able to offer far better advice on solving our economic problems than the British experts who have been retained to do so.

    Apropos of this, I urge them to hire one of our certified public accountants to replace the expatriate Chief Auditor who I gather was summarily fired yesterday under what can only be described as dubious circumstances.

    There is still confusion, suspicion and frustration hanging like dark clouds over the TCI Bank, Provo Stevedoring, the Shore Club, and Interhealth Canada. I am convinced however that these are just a few of the controversial matters we could have been instrumental in resolving some time ago.

    But no matter our disaffection over the way the British are treating us, nor our disappointment over the way they are managing our affairs, there is simply no excuse for the epidemic of apathy and cynicism that is spreading amongst our people. It will not do, for example, for us to protest in the streets about constitutional reforms when virtually none of us can even be bothered to submit suggestions on what constitutes the best path to TCI citizenship.


  401. The Independent Source of News
    DEC. 14, 2011

    [Received at 10:11 A.M. on Dec. 13th from TCIG]

    The Hon Huw Shepheard, Attoney General, Turks and Caicos Islands said: “I have been asked to clarify the press statement I made on Friday 9 December 2011 regarding the Civil Recovery Order obtained in relation to Mr John Gill. I am happy to do so as far as I lawfully can. It must be remembered that there are ongoing criminal proceedings against other individuals that could be prejudiced if I were to disclose the full details of how and why I reached the conclusion that it was appropriate not to prosecute Mr Gill. Not only would such a disclosrure be likely to prejudice other proceedings, it would also be a criminal contempt of court. It follows that I will make no further comment in relation to Mr Gill beyond what I say in this statement.”


  402. Another Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who is claiming damages from NI, said: “These revelations show James Murdoch is slipshod as a manager and NI have been slippery with their evidence to Parliament. They knew, at the highest level, why they had to pay Gordon Taylor such a substantial sum because otherwise their whole cover-up would have been blown apart.

  403. Not so, Lenford Danver
    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Dear Editor,
    I must respond to a letter written by Mr Lenford Danver on December 4, 2011, “Get the facts on South East Saint Mary…”.
    I was a bit disappointed with Mr Danvers because I don’t know him as one who would defend a losing cause and write something that is so pedestrian.
    So let’s deal with my concerns. First, let us look at the double standard of the writer stating that Dr Winston Green is not from St Mary. A lot of other parliamentarians are in this position, but what should be noted is that Dr Green has his businesses in St Mary (Highgate and Annotto Bay), where he employs over 11 staffers. He also lives at Cromwell and (Highgate) where he spends most of his time.
    Tarn Peralto has never lived in St Mary; his address was a hotel in Devon Pen.
    It is also unfortunate that the writer said that Dr Green is a “two-time loser”, but one should not accept things when it suits them and make an issue when it does not – that is disingenuous, as Tarn had lost once to Harry Douglas but was successful the second time.
    Maybe Dr Green will be successful on his third try, with all indicators showing that he will, hence Tarn’s removal. Mr Don Creary ran and lost.
    While the writer is trying to elevate Mr Richard Creary, he seems to be missing the point that a councillor deals only with a division and the traction that he had in Richmond does not hold true for Castleton, Belfield and Annotto Bay. The long and short of it is that Mr Creary is not loved much in the constituency.
    A word to the wise: if Mr Creary and his team don’t think that the way Mr Tarn Peralto was treated has no consequences, then they are living in a fool’s world.
    Wayne Campbell
    PNP Councillor/Caretaker
    Castleton Division, St Mary

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Not-so–Lenford-Danver_10389669#ixzz1geMyzfdc

  404. The Independent Source of News
    DEC. 15, 2011 – TCIG – RE: SIPT COSTS

    [Editors’ Note: Comments via a TCIG spokesperson received at 3:17 p.m., Dec. 14th]

    His Excellency Governor Ric Todd said:

    “The costs of the SIPT and Civil Recovery Programme will be recouped several times over from the proceeds of their work.

    “Each year the SIPT costs approximately $7m and Civil Recovery $4m. Both are expected to run for three years each. To date (until 30 Sep 11) the cumulative cost of both operations is $17.4m, already abated by a $10m payment by the UK Government.

    “The remaining costs for this, the second year, and next year will be initially met by TCIG, with the costs ultimately abated by the proceeds from the Civil Recovery programme. This has already made significant progress recovering $2.25m in cash and some 800 acres of land valued at $150m. The pace, success and sums recovered throughout 2012 is expected to accelerate greatly, recovering millions of dollars in misappropriated funds and assets for benefit of the people of the TCI.

    “The original Ministerial statement about both the SIPT and Civil Recovery programme was clear that the UK would make a contribution to the costs in year one. I am sorry if TCIG did not make this clear enough at that time.

    “We will investigate all means of reducing this burden to TCIG, including asking the UK for additional support, but, clearly, this is not guaranteed. However, and it is worth repeating: we expect that the costs of these investigations will be recovered many times over and will significantly boost the coffers of the TCI Government.”


  405. After listing some of his government’s achievements, Shaw, in his opening remarks, said it is clear the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is the most qualified to run the country.

    From: Audley Fitzalbert Shaw
    To: David Smith
    Saturday January 1 2007 4:43PM
    David, happy new year to you, your dear wife and family. I am still hoping to get the info on the fx trading by Australia in dealing with their debt problems. Also, I had given Daryl the necessary information to have the thing activated, and he advised me that he had sent you an email in that regard. I’m told you might be here next week. I would like to see you as I have two persons who would like to meet with you. Please let me know. Regards. Audley.

    Fitzalbert your financier, friend and adviser, David “OLINT” Smith has had his room and board and meals “defferred” for 30 years.


    You are right to ask the country to question your credibility Minister Shaw….they have the answer above.

  406. Is Mr. Joseph Issa about to through his Cool Corp employees and USIMO directors Frederick Marsh and Andrew Grant under the bus??????

    Click to access USIMO_Docs.pdf

  407. What Mr. Issa is planning for next week is reprehensible! Weather.com has forecasted that it Kingston will be unseasonablly hot next week.

    Click to access USIMO_Docs.pdf

  408. Based on the OLINT Official Liquidator’s Report, Joseph Issa controlled company MZ Holdings facilitated investors depositing/wire transfering their funds to OLINT, facilitated redemptions, and made payments on the behalf of OLINT.

    Click to access MZ_Holdings_Docs.pdf

  409. JHTA president Evelyn Smith, in her congratulatory message, also lauded all the candidates who offered themselves for public office, arguing that it was done at great personal and professional sacrifice.
    “We also extend special congratulations to all those who won their seats. Among them we must single out The Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, president of the PNP and prime minister-elect, for having led her team to victory,” Smith said.
    “The JHTA is particularly pleased by the political maturity, peace and carnival-like atmosphere which were the hallmarks of these elections. This is very heartening as we prepare to celebrate 50 years of Independence. We, therefore, commend all parties and our great and hospitable Jamaican people. Our conduct in these elections showed the world who we truly are.”
    The JHTA, said Smith, has worked closely with all governments over the years and is eagerly looking forward to working with the new government to create a more enabling environment for the betterment of the tourist industry and the country.

    Lest we forget Evelyn Smith’s husband?….

    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith [Olint]
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that i emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Contributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.


    “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

    “What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to preserve against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

    Winston Churchill.

  410. He flatly REFUSED to co operate with TCI authorities when contacted about David Smith.

    BTW David Smith confessed to their crimes.

    First recommendation to the new govt.

    Review ALL lay magistrate, J.P, Custos etc. and the “honours” for Jamaica has become the butt of jokes within International Law Enforcement and Government departments abroad.

    Lodge and other distortions of reality are not what Jamaica needs so desperately. We need integrity.

  411. Happy New Year to all.

    Especially to the person with black frame glasses by the Redbox.

  412. Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 | Posted by john Glasgow
    Former head of the TCI Financial Crime Unit back in the TCI, why?

    Folks I saw my buddy ”Spud” back in the TCI and I kept wondering why? For those who do not know ”Spud” is Mark Knighton, the UK ”cop” who spend sometime on the wrong side of the pubs in the UK before he was appointed to head the TCI Financial Crime Unit. He headed the FCU for the past seven years until he retired in October, 2011.
    ”Spud” left the TCI reluctantly I might add, claiming that he had a few international offers and that he was going to take sometime to weigh his options. So when I saw ”Spud” back in the TCI larger than life. I was surprised, I wondered if the guy ever left the TCI at all?
    After a little digging I discovered that my buddy ”Spud” is the latest addition to the SIPT Investigation Team. Seems like SIPT was ”Spud’s” top international option and he didn’t have to go anywhere to exercise that option. With SIPT $11 million dollars annual price tag at the expense of the TCI taxpayers. ”Spud” just had to cash in, the temptation was too much!!!!
    While my buddy ”Spud” is sure of a merry Christmas and a happy new year at the expense of the tax payers of the TCI. The people of the Turks and Caicos are facing a bleak Christmas and an equally bleak and uncertain new year. JG


    CASE NO: 6:10-cr-232-Orl-35DAB

    Case 6:10-cr-00232-MSS-DAB Document 1 Filed 08/18/10 Page 12 of 15 PageID 12

    Count 6 on the wire transfer has the wrong corporate name on this federal document.

  414. http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-of/spud

    noun, means acting like a vegetable, dense, not too alert.


    (British) The archetype of eccentricity.
    Who “Spud” was is no longer known – but certainly, the name comes to mind whenever a somewhat extraordinary individual is encountered. This mysterious figure has, in some parts of England, come to embody all that is strange, but harmless.

    A particularly inneffective person, thing or action. Usually in the sporting arena but can be used for a variety of professions.

    CASE NO: 6:10-cr-232-Orl-35DAB


    Case 6:10-cr-00232-MSS-DAB Document 25 Filed 03/28/11 Page 32 of 37 PageID 91

    Count 6 and Count 8 on the wire transfers have the wrong corporate name on this federal document.

  416. The name below is all over Hallmark/Olint TCI bank statements. Company seems to be out of business.

    Nobel Securities

    Noble Securities is an independent full service investment firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands that will serve its clientele in a total offshore environment.

    Noble Securities Holding Ltd. – An investment firm, with experienced and professional management and world-class service. market. Noble Securities is an independent full service investment firm located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The firm serves its clientele in a total offshore environment.

  417. Lesson for Jamaican papers?

    “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that if it hadn’t been for the Mail’s headline in 1997 — “Murderers: The Mail accuses these men of killing…” — and our years of campaigning, none of this would have happened.”

    I agree – and so did a couple of rival editors. The Guardian paid tribute to the Mail’s “bold journalism” arguing that “it did not simply keep the case in the public eye. It also became a national reprimand to the criminal justice and political system in a wider sense.”

    The Daily Telegraph’s editorial said: “It should be remembered… that had it not been for the campaign by the Daily Mail there might never have been any prosecutions at all.”

    The Financial Times also thought the Mail deserved credit “for its courageous campaign to keep the case in public view.”

    The rest sadly omitted to give that credit where it was due, but there was no doubt that every editor recognised the huge importance of the verdict itself.


  418. Liberal Democrats’ biggest donor arrested in the Caribbean
    Michael Brown detained by police in the Dominican Republic after disappearing while on bail for a £40m fraud

    The Liberal Democrats’ biggest donor, who has been on the run for three years after being convicted of a multimillion pound theft, has been arrested by police in the Dominican Republic, the Guardian can disclose.

    Michael Brown, who bankrolled the party with £2.4m of stolen money, was detained near the resort of Punta Cana on the easternmost tip of the Caribbean island this week. Interpol has been informed.

    It will mean further embarrassment for Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister. The Lib Dems have refused to compensate Brown’s victims, whose money went into the party’s coffers to finance the 2005 election campaign.

    The development could lead to renewed legal efforts by his victims to seek compensation from the Lib Dems and Brown through the British courts.

    Brown, originally from Glasgow, appeared from nowhere when he approached the Lib Dems in November 2004 with an offer of money for Charles Kennedy’s impending election campaign. The brash, ponytailed Brown lived in Majorca and claimed to be an offshore trader. He said his clients were vetted by US embassy officials. Despite not being a party member, not being registered to vote, and living abroad, he was welcomed with open arms by the party’s grandees.

    Within months, Brown was flying Kennedy across Britain in a private jet and was being invited to dinners in Mayfair. Former Lib Dem insiders say he dazzled them with stories of Gordonstoun public school, St Andrew’s University and his connections with royalty.

    The party received the donation through his company, 5th Avenue Partners. It remains the biggest ever received by the party from an individual. In the general election, the party increased its share of the vote by nearly 4% after his cash was spent on posters and advertising.

    Brown was arrested in late 2005 after four former clients said he had duped them out of more than £40m in a high-yield fraud. His victims included Martin Edwards, the former Manchester United chairman, who had invested £8m with 5th Avenue Partners.

    The court would later be told that 5th Avenue Partners was wholly fraudulent and that Brown had given money to the Lib Dems to give himself an air of respectability whilst duping his victims.

    The fugitive enjoyed a millionaire’s lifestyle while on the run. He lived in gated communities yards from some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, drove a series of 4×4 vehicles and was a regular at exclusive golf courses.

    If Brown is returned to Britain it will launch renewed high court claims for the Lib Dems to return his stolen money.

    Tony Brown, managing partner at law firm Bivonas which represents US attorney Robert Mann who lost more than $5m (£3m), said that Brown would be asked to give evidence as part of his client’s claim against the Lib Dems.

    A Lib Dem spokesman declined to comment on any future high court action, but added that the donation was accepted in good faith and was cleared by an Electoral Commission inquiry.


    • $100,000 USD payment to Joseph Smith to possibly to pay JLP

      Check,07/10/2007,93498,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,redemption chequee to Joseph Smith,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(100,000.00)

  419. Association of Concerned OLINT Members (ACOM)

    What happened to ACOM Action Group?

    No one made a claim that their amount was incorrect.

    A chance for a claim ended December 19 or 20, 2011 in the Orlando/Federal court.

  420. 04/12/2006 to 9/18/2007

    OlintTCI redemptions to USIMO and MZ Holdings

    Transfers: MZ holdings $39 million USD
    Transfers: USIMO $33 million USD
    Transfers: GP? (USIMO or MZ) $4 million USD

    Check,09/06/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings, Jamaica,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00)
    Check,09/18/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings, Jamaica,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(1,000,100.00)
    Check,10/04/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings re redemption,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,10/17/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings re redemption,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00)
    Check,10/19/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,redemption tfr to MZ Holdings,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00)
    Check,10/27/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,redemption tfr to MZ Holdings,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00)
    Check,11/06/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00),16,521.74
    Check,11/20/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ holdings re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,11/29/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ holdings re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,12/05/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ holdings re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,12/14/2006,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,01/16/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo Int’l re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,01/22/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,01/24/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(2,000,100.00)
    Check,02/02/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(3,000,100.00)
    Check,02/07/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,02/20/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,02/28/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdings re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,03/08/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to MZ Holdinhgs re redemtions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,04/04/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tf rto MZ Holdings via Usimo International,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,04/12/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,redemption tfr to Usimo,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,04/20/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,05/09/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate:GP HTL in Trust #2-Olint Principal,tfr to Usimo from GP re redemptions,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,Noble US$ Client 101349 (Olint),(4,000,000.00)
    Check,05/29/2007,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to Usimo,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,100.00)
    Check,05/30/2007,93398,Olint TCI Corp Ltd.:Olint TCI Corporate,tfr to GP to replenish reserve funds,CLIENT FUNDS 1 – US$,FCIB US$ Client 1291316,(4,000,000.00)

    Source: OlintTCI bank statement 9/18/2007

  421. And former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, recalled him as a man of absolute integrity and honesty, who had as much a passion for news as for the elevation of his country and its people.
    Mr Seaga noted that his integrity, tenacity and courage was an inspiration not only to journalists, but to all Jamaicans.

    He declared that Mr Perkins had experience and a good understanding of our politics, and will be greatly missed by the entire society.

    Lonely, but John the baptista favourite seat at the dinner table is still there.

  422. That is one that gets BLOCKED from warrens blog. Fight for your freedom Jamaicans. Fight for it.

  423. Leak exposes how Heartland Institute works to undermine climate scienceLibertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest

    The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks.

    The scheme includes spending $100,000 on commissioning an alternative curriculum for schoolchildren that will cast doubt on global warming.

    The documents confirm what environmental groups such as Greenpeace have long suspected: that Heartland itself is a major source of funding to a network of experts and bloggers who have been prominent in the campaign to discredit established science.

    Heartland is anxious to retain its hold over mainstream media outlets,…

    But the cache raises an equal number of questions – such as the identify of an anonymous donor that has been a mainstay of Heartland. The unnamed donor, who contributed $4.6m in 2008, has since scaled back contributions. [Who paid Manatt…who runs your lives…]

    …and gain access to the network of philanthropists they work with,” the document said.


  424. US politicians refuse to hand back Stanford campaign cash
    Obama on list of those who received money from Texan financier on trial for fraud

    American politicians including Barack Obama are refusing to hand over $1.8m in campaign donations to the alleged victims of Allen Stanford, the cricket-loving Texan financier who is on trial for fraud.

    Stanford Financial Group and its founder showered money on lawmakers and political parties, it has emerged, and in particular on Congressmen from his home state of Texas and those on powerful banking committees.

    The receiver says a small number of beneficiaries of Mr Stanford’s largesse have paid back the money – House Speaker John Boehner and Senator John McCain among them – but the $154,000 returned is dwarfed by the $1.8m (£1.2m) still outstanding.

    The $4,600 was donated to charity days after Mr Stanford was charged with fraud in 2009, but the receiver says the money should be handed over to compensate victims. Kevin Sadler, lead counsel for the receivership, told Reuters: “The money was never theirs to begin with.”


  425. “The money was never theirs to begin with.”

    Olint donates dialysis machines to St Joseph’s

    published: Friday | June 22, 2007

    Chief executive officer of Olint, Wayne Smith, brother of the founder, said that St. Joseph’s Hospital was providing a tremendous service to the people of Jamaica and was happy that Olint was in a position to support their efforts.

    He lauded the team on their charitable efforts and said the initiative was the brainchild of his brother, who was unavoidably absent.

    Mr. Smith handed over the machines, valued at several million dollars, to Nurse Julian Riley, head of the dialysis unit, and St. Joseph’s Executive Director, Fabian Brown.


    Darfour? Comment? Pope?…Robbging hood?


    published: Friday | June 22, 2007

    Many a ‘lost soul’ can look to Monsignor Albert as the reason they were able to fight off the tentacles of crime and violence in depressed areas and do those things which brand themgood Jamaican citizens.


  427. Citing an article in the popular American newspaper, Clyne read: “Nothing defines ‘Hedonism’ so much as its reputation for open, casual sex. Officially, the resort prohibits public sexual activity, but the rules against it are like speed limits than flat restrictions.”

    The newspaper quoted then general manager, Joseph Smith as saying: “We’re not going to let them have sex in the dining room, but at 2:00 am, in some isolated corner, living out their tropical fantasy, we’re more lenient.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ISSA–Feb-21–PRINTED-#ixzz1mQOVn88d

    From: Joseph Smith (ja.smith@cwjamica.com)
    To: David Smith
    Contributions to “WORTHY CAUSES”
    I had detailed discussions with the four persons mentioned in my previous email and representatives of their management teams. They are all well organized but they have not budgetted adequetley in my opinion based on my experience. Being out in rural Jamaica they are so woefully uderfunded. Our two St. elizabeth persons have smaller populations than out Westmoreland and Manchester people. The two in St. elizabeth have budgets of J$6,000,000.00 each with 4 mil for the special big day alone. Each of the others are at just over $8 mil. they do not get money support from their head office. Each team has recieved some amount of contributions but they are no where close to where they should be. Knowing what we know, we would be particularly interested in the Mandeville person’s cause. The westmoreland person is in a similar position (see spread sheet that i emailed some time ago).
    From what I know, the persons from the other side, are working with bigger budgets. Congtributions of: Westmoreland and Manchester US75,000.00 each and the two from St. elizabeth US$50,000.00 each would take them a far way. But Dave I would leave it up to your good judgement to decide what is affordable. If you can do more it would be great towards achieving the goal. the greater overall goal cannot be achieved if these four fail. But I know that you want to contribute to other similar cases as well. Bottom line is whatever you can do will e greatly appreciated by them and of course by us.
    We will always protect you Dave.


  428. Hope Lodge welcomes new Master

    At Left: Master of the Hope Lodge, Joseph Smith (second left) and his wife Evelyn (left) enjoy a moment of light-hearted laughter with former sprint queen, Deon Hemmings McCatty (second right) and her husband Michael at the Hope Lodge installation on Saturday night. At Right: Ladies of Hope from left – Resident Magistrate for the Savanna-la-Mar court, Alayne Wallace; Susan Hammond, Dacia Dhanpaul, Charlotte Wallace and Evelyn Smith, acting general manager of Point Village Negril, admire the special token given to them by senior warden of the Hope Lodge, Joseph Smith. –


    Dressed to the nines in black suits, they were dead ringers for the cast of the movie ‘Men in Black’, the only accessory missing were the dark shades.

    It was an evening filled with an exciting and long list of toasts including: to the Queen, the Craft, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Grand Lodges of Ireland, Scotland and Jamaica, District Grand Officers and the Ladies of Hope. However, the highlight was Evelyn Smith’s toast to her husband.

    “Freemasonry is, and I should hope that I am reliably informed, strive to make good men better. It is a tradition that has survived for centuries and yet is often given a bad rap and is misunderstood in society,” said Mrs. Smith.


  429. 27 Britsh MP’s call for the ‘closure’ of Cayman

    A group of 27 British Members of Parliament have launched a motion to “close“ the Cayman Islands, calling it a tax haven and a disgrace that is fuelling the world economic crisis and reducing living standards.


    CASE NO: 6:10-CR-232-ORL-35DAB

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011

    THE DEFENDANT: Your Honor, I just want to say in
    2004, I felt that a number of the brokerage houses and
    commercial banks in Jamaica could have been and I felt should
    have been paying their investors a much better return than the
    return that they were paying, and I decided to start an
    investment club with the aim of accomplishing that. And
    because of the reputation that I had earned at my previous
    job, a number of people quickly joined my investment club.
    Things were going well at first, but then after
    awhile, I made losses. And it was at that point that I made
    what had been the worse decision and definitely the biggest
    mistake of my life. I felt that I could easily make back the
    money that I had lost, so I hid the fact that I made a loss,
    and I instead reported a gain of ten percent. My reason for
    choosing ten percent was twofold, Your Honor.
    One, it was a rate I had accomplished in the past,
    and one I felt I could consistently accomplish once I turned
    things back around. And two, I knew that with a rate of ten
    percent, no one would be rushing to withdraw their money, and
    it would have given me the time that I felt I needed to
    correct things. But even after that, I continued to make
    losses, Your Honor. And my concern no longer was my
    reputation. I was very concerned over the fact that my
    clients were actually losing money. I was terrified about the
    legal implications of what I had done, and I had also become
    fearful for the safety of and the lives of my children, my
    wife, and myself. I knew at all costs, Your Honor, I had to
    fix this problem, and I did what I did in an effort to buy
    more time as I sought external help.
    And I am not making an excuse for what I did,
    because what I did is unexcusable. It was absolutely wrong.
    It was dishonest. I led people astray. I made them feel that
    they were earning when I knew that I was actually making
    losses. And worst of all, Your Honor, it reached a point
    where I was taking money from one investor to pay another
    investor. My investment club had now become a Ponzi scheme.
    It was the worse time of my life, Your Honor. I was
    living a lie –

    THE COURT: What time period are you talking about

    THE DEFENDANT: Pardon me?

    THE COURT: What time period are you talking about

    THE DEFENDANT: During the time I operated Olint
    when it had become a Ponzi scheme. That was really the worse
    period of my life, because I was living a double life where
    people thought I was doing well, and I knew that, you know,
    everything was deceit and lies, and I had this all bottled up
    As a matter of fact, Your Honor, when the
    authorities from the United States and the Turks and Caicos
    Islands intervened, I was actually relieved. I was extremely
    relieved. For the first time, I was able to talk about what
    had happened. I was more than willing to cooperate with them,
    and I have fully cooperated with them, and I will continue to
    do so.
    For the first time, I was able to get everything off
    my chest. When I met Mr. Ambrose and his team of
    investigators, I immediately answered all their questions,
    told them, you know, exactly what my role was, exactly what
    happened with Olint, exactly what was going on. I have not
    held back. I have not withheld. I have totally cooperated
    with them.
    As a matter of fact, Your Honor, not only have I
    assisted them with everything that happened in Olint, I also
    assisted them with other investigations, ongoing
    investigations, here in the U.S., some in the Turks and Caicos
    Islands, and some back home in Jamaica.
    I think from as early as, I think, was 2008 to — up
    to last week, investigators visited me at the county jail and
    I have done what I can to answer their questions honestly. I
    was actually surprised when my attorney told me about two days
    ago that I was not getting — I was not going to be credited
    with a 5K letter for substantial assistance that I was
    promised in the plea bargain. I was surprised, because in all
    of the dealings with Mr. Ambrose and his team, they never once
    indicated to me that they felt I was holding back or I was not
    cooperating or I was not truthful. In fact, they always gave
    me the impression that they appreciated my honesty and the
    fact that I was working with them.

    THE COURT: I’m sorry, you understand that the plea
    agreement does not promise a 5K1. It promises that the
    government would consider a 5K1.

    THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.

    THE COURT: You understand that?

    THE DEFENDANT: Yes, yes, yes.

    THE COURT: You’re not suggesting by that last
    statement that the government has breached its plea agreement
    with you?

    THE DEFENDANT: No, I’m not saying that, Your Honor.
    What I’m saying is based on the rapport and the way that we
    had worked, I felt that I would have been awarded a 5K.

    THE COURT: All right.

    THE DEFENDANT: Your Honor, I just want to say that
    my dealings with Olint crossed over three boundaries, Jamaica,
    where I’d say about 95 percent of my clients are residing, the
    Turks and Caicos Islands where the investment clubs were
    registered, and the United States. I want to say that I have
    never directly advertised or solicited business, especially
    here in the United States.
    In fact, my companies were not allowed or were not
    supposed to accept business from United States citizens, but
    some did come in. The majority of them were Jamaican and used
    their Jamaican documentation to be processed into the club,
    and there were those that piggy-backed on accounts of existing
    club members.
    I know that what I have done is wrong, and I know
    that I’ve hurt a number of people. And where I may never be
    able to fully make amends financially for what I’ve done, I
    know that for the rest of my life I definitely just want to
    make a positive impact or have a positive impact on any
    individual that my path may cross. I have hurt my family
    tremendously. I have turned the wife of my children upside
    down. But at least with them, I can make amends. And if and
    when given a chance, I will do all within my power to be an
    exceptional father and a husband.
    I’ve made many mistakes, Your Honor, but I can
    honestly say that I have learned from each of them. I know
    that I will never, ever again be any form of threat to
    society. In terms of my spiritual life, in terms of my
    relationship with God, it wasn’t what it should have been in
    2004. I was living in a backslidden state. In 2008, when I
    got in trouble, I re-committed my life to God and have grown
    constant strength since that. As a matter of fact, I can say
    that that is the only good thing that has actually come out of
    Olint for me.
    It was never my intention, Your Honor, to hurt
    anyone, but I know that I have. And in all honesty, not a day
    goes by that I do not wish I could turn back the hands of time
    and just undo everything that I have done. Every single day,
    I pray and I ask God in his ultimate mercy just to restore the
    fortunes of those that I have hurt.
    I want to take this opportunity, Your Honor, to
    apologize, to apologize to you, to the Court. I want to
    apologize to everyone here in the courtroom. I want to
    apologize to everyone that has been affected by my actions, to
    other communities here in the United States, Jamaica, the
    Turks and Caicos that have been affected by Olint and by my
    dishonesty. I am truly, truly sorry, and I pray that the Lord
    will forgive me.
    And, Your Honor, in closing, I just want to ask you,
    Your Honor, in considering your sentence for me, Your Honor, I
    do want to ask for some amount of leniency. I know that what
    I have done deserves to be punished. I want you to consider,
    Your Honor, that I am right now serving a prison sentence in
    the Turks and Caicos Islands for this very crime.
    I would ask if you could also consider that despite
    what I’ve done, Your Honor, I am not a terrible person. I am
    not a bad person. And, for the rest of my life, I just want
    to live in a manner that is uplifting and positive to society,
    Your Honor. I want — I know that I need to be punished, Your
    Honor. I guess what I am asking, Your Honor, is a punishment
    that will be sufficient, but yet lenient enough to give me a
    second chance at life. That’s all I have to say, Your Honor,
    thank you.

    THE COURT: Thank you. Mr. Smith, what do you make
    of this decision to place this jewelry in your mother’s
    possession for delivery to your friend for safekeeping in
    order to have available funds at your disposable?

    THE DEFENDANT: Your Honor, what really happened
    with that, it was some jewelry that I had given to my wife on
    one of our anniversaries, and it was very sentimental to her.
    And she sent it up with my mother to a friend to keep for her,
    because she was afraid that it would have been confiscated
    during all of the proceedings.

    THE COURT: But it wasn’t hers, because you stole
    the money to buy it with.

    THE DEFENDANT: Well, yes, Your Honor. But in all
    honesty, my wife did not know that. My wife thought — I
    deceived even my wife, Your Honor.

  431. Part of the Court transcript has been published on olintja.


  432. Labourite “investors” under pressure

    I wrote your earlier concerning the liquidation of TCI FX Traders, this company was a fully licensed insured, and independently administered fund, it was run according to it licensed prospectus. The fund at all times had 100% of the money under its control to pay it creditors back…… However I was told by the police that they froze the assets of the fund so as to protect the innocent investors in the fund from David Smith.

    Now I had to go to court today again, as we were asking the new judge to re-release the funds that we had already asked the old judge to release and as I read the ruling on the 8th of April he said yes. Furthermore in the light of this ruling the old judge explained that “the valid release” released TCI FX Traders from any other obligation to Olint entities. With this in mind I felt confident that coming up four years the new judge would agree that finally the innocent investors in this fund could have their assets re-released and could be made whole. But no such thing was to happen, for in the court room opposing us was the AG, Mr. Shepheard himself.

    Mr. Shepheard explained to the court that the Crown’s position was that the money in this licensed, insured, independently administered fund, did not belong to the investors but rather it belonged to Mr. David Smith himself, how he came to this wild conclusion no one knows but this is what he told the court, I heard it with my own two ears. And he said since this money that ‘our investors had put into our fund according to our licensed prospectus’ somehow now belonged to Mr. David Smith himself, the new judge should not re- release these funds so the innocent investors could be made whole; but rather the matter should be put off till April the 9th 2012 when there would be confiscation proceedings so the Crown could get all this money that the police had frozen to protect the innocent investors from David Smith.

    Now if this is how the leaders of this nation treat innocent investors who invested in a licensed, insured fund, that had 100% of the money to pay everyone back, and their money was frozen so as to protect them from David Smith. But coming up four years the AG himself comes to court and tells these people that suddenly the money is not theirs but it belongs to David and the Crown is to get it all, but he brings no evidence to back up what he says; instead we must all wait on Mr. Mitchell who will tell us these facts in Grand Turk.

    After hearing this true story would you invest your hard earned money under this type of leadership, is the question I ask the investing public?????


    I write this letter since there was no court reporter in the court room to let public know what goes on in our court.

    I am

    John D. Wildish

  433. “But the sentence that the Court will propose is not the sentence the defense would request, because essentially the defendant is requesting that for this offense that he receive a mere two additional years incarceration over and above that he’s already serving in the Turks, and that is not sufficient, not nearly sufficient to provide fair punishment and retribution for the conduct in which this defendant engaged systemically and over an extensive period of time and across three countries affecting thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    “Even after the conduct continued, you continued to operate as if you were not under the spotlight of the justice system, hiding assets to preclude their being seized by the government.”


  434. To: John D. Wildish

    Please read your Prospectus again, if you cannot find a copy, there is one in OlintJA.

    Please read the TCI Court Order(Petition 121/08 and CL 12/09) regarding TCI FX Traders, ask you attorney Peter Karam for a copy.

    The Court Order indicates that Joseph Philip Connolly is your “Provisional Liquidator”. He is you liquidator and operator for your Company and Olint TCI.

    In The Supreme Court in the Turks and Caicos Island Case No. CL 12/10, it involves the accounting mistake between TCI FX Traders and Olint TCI involving I Trade FX and Star Management.

    Mr. Connolly basically says the Olint TCI is still owed money after the audit of both companies, but the TCI Court will not fix it due to a previous bad agreement involving you, Star Management, Trowbridge, Olint TCI, and the FSC.

    Then we have Mr.Connolly or the TCI Courts providing (Petition 121/08 and CL 12/09) incomplete Order involving The Proceeds Of Crime Ordinance 2007 to the U.S. Federal Court.

    Then Mr.Connolly failed to provide to the U.S. Federal Court the TCI FX Traders Prospectus indicating that David Smith owns or controls TCI FX Traders but quoting a part of the Prospectus.
    Then we have TCI-FSC providing a false affidavit to the U.S. Federal Court about their involvement in a Olint TCI / TCI FX Traders transaction. (Yes, they were sued in U.S. Federal Court)

    You can pay for a court reporter and have a transcript like the one on OlintJA on David Smith sentencing. The first copy cost would have been $324. You normally pay by time and page.
    It normally keeps the Judges and attorneys inline.

    David Smith/Olint TCI paid for TCI FX Traders license.

    Remember David Smith was convicted of money laundering in the U.S., guilty of securities violations in Jamaica, and fraud in TCI.

  435. Feb. 22, 2012
    FSC “Retreat” and text of Philip Rushbrook’s speech in place of Governor

    [Press Release receieved 12:25pm – Feb. 21, 2012]



    John David Wildish

    October 7, 2008

    Click to access 20120226-181410-915-72-1.pdf


    TCFSC “being haled into court”(quote from TCFSC attorney) into U.S. Federal Court
    Case 0:10-cv-61518-CMA Document 1-3 Entered on FLSD Docket 08/19/2010 Page 16 of 60

    August 19, 2010

    Click to access 20120226-201543-422-3-https___ecf.flsd.uscourts.gov_cgi-bin_show_temp.pl_file=7912039-3–5292.pdf

  438. TCI FX TRADERS Ltd. Prospectus.pdf

    Date Created: 10/25/2006 10:52:55 am
    Date Modified: 8/27/2007 1:56:47 pm

    Click to access Prospectus.pdf

  439. Olintja.com in the raw as

  440. it’s really not COOL that Mr. Smith is the only one being punished for the whole Olint debacle…. not COOL at all!

  441. Can anyone tell me what the latest is regrading the platinum fund and if we will ever get any money back?…. What is happening in April 2012

  442. From high life to household chores: Billionaire fraudster Bernie Madoff’s wife Ruth hauls out the trash

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2115063/Pictured-Bernie-Madoffs-wife-Ruth-taking-trash.html#ixzz1pBLnFuLN


  443. Hector Sants’ departure from FSA leaves regulators in disarray
    The Government’s overhaul of financial regulation has been thrown into disarray by the surprise departure of Hector Sants, chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and a future deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

    His term in charge of the FSA was marked by the biggest banking crisis in a century. Having joined the FSA’s wholesale markets arm in 2004 from Credit Suisse, he became chief executive in July 2007 – just two months before the run on Northern Rock.


  444. AUDIO: Dudus lawyer says US gov’t colluded with PNP

    Stephen Rosen, the lead attorney for West Kingston crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke has levelled a major allegation against the United States Government over the extradition saga involving his client.

    Rosen has accused the United States Government of working with the People’s National Party (PNP) by using the Coke extradition issue to drive the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from office in December 2011.


  445. “They supoort the PNP…the Secretary of State of our country supports the PNP…it is known”

    Stephen Rosen.

    Jay blocking me over on “Warren’s Blog” Shame Jay. hhaha

    Anyway back to Rosen. Interesting attack on Hilary?…draw fi a tune while I ponder what a gwan a NY

  446. Jay you sit down over Antigua and run Warren’s blog but you selectively block. You can’t have credibility and selectively block.

    You take pay off too?

  447. “They supoort the PNP…the Secretary of State of our country supports the PNP…it is known”
    Stephen Rosen.

    I can hear Motty saying, “Show me the evidence….what EVIDENCE do you have of that?”

    …or perhaps he might not say that…for there is no accusation of the JLP in the statement.

  448. WorldSpreads finance scandal hits City

    A scandal erupted at the City spread betting house WorldSpreads yesterday, when the firm admitted it is “currently unable” to assess its own finances.

    Shares in the AIM-listed outfit were suspended at 37p after “a review of the firm’s financial position” that uncovered “possible financial irregularities”.

    The move comes just days after the chief executive and major shareholder Conor Foley abruptly quit for reasons not explained on Wednesday. The chief financial officer Niall O’Kelly also left after an earlier profit warning admitting to “an unusual pattern of client trading”.


  449. Ashcroft’s BCB breached rules of Stock Exchange
    Bank did not reveal to AIM all directorships held by Conservative Party donor’s son

    A document from the TCI’s Financial Services Commission shows that Mr Ashcroft was appointed director of Reef Development Company Ltd on 7 September, 2010.

    The rules are designed to give investors complete information about board members’ outside interests and the ability to police potential conflicts of interest.


  450. Bunting going after crooked lawyers, real estate brokers…

    “And (we’ll) really go after not just the kingpins but the facilitators and the accommodators; people like lawyers, real estate brokers, accountants. Those persons who help criminals to launder the proceeds of crimes, and hide assets that they have gotten illegally,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-going-after-crooked-lawyers–real-estate-brokers–accountants—_11057071#ixzz1pbLS5cm2

  451. International arrest warrant for Mike Misick

    An international arrest warrant has been issued for former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick in connection with allegations of corruption and money laundering.

    “For the past several months the SIPT has sought to secure the attendance of Mr Misick at its offices in Providenciales in respect of allegations of corruption and money laundering during his time in office. Every opportunity has been given to Mr Misick to voluntarily surrender to the SIPT’s jurisdiction for interview. Despite previous indications from Mr Misick’s solicitors that he would attend for interview, he has failed to do so.”

    “…Regional leaders, Caribbean people and the rest of the world need to know that what they are accusing us for in the Turks and Caicos Islands is nothing more or different that what happens in each and every Caribbean country where politicians look out for their people and their constituents and implement policies and programmes that are designed to empower their people.”


    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express our thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. I hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  452. carlton burton
    Is this the same man that gave ‘political asylum’to the OLINT ginagog ? They should BOTH hold hands in jail crying on each others shoulders. When JA become self governing what was the murder rate? How many Civil Servants were sent to jail if “dem even tink bout tief government money or property?. BRING BACK THE BRITISH> ONE LOVE

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Misick-seeks-political-asylum-to-avoid-Interpol_11073649#ixzz1piIpvPEt

  453. Sandrea Falconer posted in REAL CHANGE FOR JAMAICA- DISCUSSION FORUM (RCFJ).

    Sandrea Falconer 5:08pm Oct 18


    Contractor General Writes to Prime Minister to Express Increasing Concerns About Divestment of State Assets without Transparency and Competition

    Kingston; October 18, 2011 – Contractor General, Greg Christie, has written to Prime Minister Bruce Golding to express the increasing concerns of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) regarding what it sees as the bold attempts by the Government to divest State-owned assets in a manner which does not ensure competition, transparency and the attainment of a fair market value.

    In his letter, which was dated October 14, 2011, the Contractor General expressed his consternation that the Cabinet was apparently far advanced in revising the Government’s Privatization Policy and Procedures, without any consultation whatsoever with the OCG, to make provision for the validation of State asset privatizations via the facility of what is called an ‘Unsolicited Proposal’.

    An Unsolicited Proposal occurs in a situation where a single contractor purportedly approaches the State with what is classified as a unique contracting proposal. The State then negotiates solely with that contractor, to the exclusion of all others, without public advertisement and competition, and without the involvement of the OCG, and then awards the contract to the contractor.

    The OCG, in its letter of October 14, to the Prime Minister, has strongly recommended that the facility of the Unsolicited Proposal should be excised from the revised Privatization Policy and Procedures, in the event that it has already been included therein.

    The OCG has, on previous occasions, stridently and unequivocally ventilated its concerns regarding Unsolicited Proposals, as it fervently believes that the acceptance of such proposals are contrary to the principles of competition and transparency, and is a corruption enabling facility.

    Indeed, the OCG’s October 2009 Special Report of Investigation, which implicated Member of Parliament Joseph Hibbert in bribery and corruption allegations, in the Jamaica bridge building contracts that were awarded to the British firm of Mabey and Johnson, had raised the issue and requested that the Government should immediately cease the practice. The OCG, at the time, had made the following formal Recommendation:
    “The OCG is of the view that the concept of the Unsolicited Proposal, which has found its way into the country’s procurement conventions, should be excised from the Government’s Procurement Guidelines.

    The OCG is concerned that the unsolicited proposal mechanism is a corruption enabling device which can be utilized by unscrupulous Public Officials to direct lucrative multi-million dollar State contracts to connected, undeserving or desired contractors.

    This can be easily accomplished by influential but corrupt Public Officials who are willing to clandestinely conspire with a contractor to have the contractor approach the State with what appears to be a unique contracting proposal.

    It is the OCG’s considered contention that all such proposals must be tested for propriety, legitimacy, cost-effectiveness, quality, value for money and competitiveness in the open market place.”

    Between April and October of this year, the OCG has had cause to write to the Government to further raise its concerns and strong objections regarding the attempted use of the conduit of the Unsolicited Proposal to privatize, without open competition and public advertisement, (a) the Jamaica Railway Corporation, (b) Nutrition Products Limited, (c) the Montego Bay Free Zone, and (d) certain assets that are held by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

    In the case of the Montego Bay Free Zone, by way of a letter that was dated October 5, 2011, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), in response to a letter from the OCG which requested, inter alia, a status update on the matter, had the audacity to respond in the following terms:

    “In light of the Government’s recently approved policy on privatization of Government assets, to include unsolicited proposals such as this one from Caribbean Telecoms, we think it prudent to await the release of this new Policy before advancing this transaction further.”

    The OCG, which found the assertion and stance of the PAJ to be preposterous, deliberate and highly manipulative, will be taking the requisite steps to formally address the matter directly with the PAJ.

    Also, in the case of the UDC, the corporation has proceeded to enter into a sale agreement, dated August 11, 2011, for a certain property which is situated at 35 West Parade, Kingston, for the sum of JA$31.4 million, in response to what it says was “an unsolicited proposal from Bashco Trading Company Limited vide its principal Mr. Gazzan Azan”.

    The UDC, in a blatant contravention of the pre-existing Government Privatization Policy and Procedures, has proceeded with the sale of the subject property without advertising same to the public, and despite the alleged prior stated interest and repeated offers of the current tenant, Mr. Michael Mahfood and M. Mahfood & Sons Limited, to purchase the property.

    The attorneys for the tenant, Hart Muirhead Fatta (HMF), have contended that their clients, who have occupied the premises for “some thirty years, (have), on several occasions, offered to purchase or take a long term lease of the property (but) the UDC has consistently rejected those offers on the basis that the property is required for road-widening”. (OCG emphasis).

    HMF, by way of letter to the OCG, dated September 28, 2011, has also contended that its “Client has gathered that the property is being sold to Bashco Trading Company for $30 million, whereas our client is prepared to pay substantially more to acquire the property, having regard to perceived market value and our client’s being prepared to pay a premium to continue business there”.

    In light of the extremely troubling circumstances which surround this specific UDC asset divestment, the OCG, by way of another letter that was dated October 14, 2011, has advised the Prime Minister and the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office that the OCG has commenced a formal Investigation into the sale of the said West Parade property to Bashco.

    The OCG, by way of letter to the UDC, which was dated October 13, 2011, has also recommended that the UDC “immediately terminates the arrangement with Bashco Trading Company Limited”.

    The OCG wishes to make it public that it is extremely concerned about the continuing failure of the Administration to act decisively upon its many considered remedial Recommendations to secure greater transparency, competition and accountability in public contracting in Jamaica, and to close the several loop holes which presently exist in the system which continue to vividly facilitate the perpetuation of corruption in the award of Government of Jamaica contracts.

    The verbatim texts of the Contractor General’s two (2) letters to the Prime Minister, dated October 14, 2011, regarding (a) the OCG’s concerns about the Government’s purported or intended validation of the concept of the Unsolicited Proposal in privatization issues, and (b) the OCG’s Investigation into the UDC’s sale of its 35 West Parade property, are now being made public and are appended herewith.

    Only in January of this year did the OCG have cause to strongly and publicly protest the manner in which the Government proceeded with the sale of its interest in the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel property to the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart owned Sandals Group. The sale was, among other things, facilitated by secret negotiations which, from all indications, were deliberately concealed from the OCG until they were far advanced and brought to public light by a local newspaper.

    E-mail: communications@ocg.gov.jm. Tel: 876-929-8560; Direct: 876-926-0034; Mobile: 876-564-1806


  454. TCI Bank depositors to get more than 20 percent


  455. [Courtesy AML} Continuation of the UFO Time-Line has been continued at:

  456. Delancey also told SIPT she received a $10,000 campaign donation from convicted fraudster David Smith, and a loan of $4,500 from his wife Tracey Smith.
    She also give the SIPT information about her colleagues Floyd Hall, McAllister Hanchell, Jeffrey Hall, Lillian Boyce, Greg Lightbourne, Royal Robinson, Amanda Misick, Samuel Been, Wayne Garland, Norman Saunders Snr., as well as mentioning the names of Althea Ewing, Lisa Hall, Carlos Simons, Rex Messam, Alan Forest, Aulden Smith, Lord Ashcroft, Cynthia Astwood, Oswald Skippings, Ruth Blackman, Bishop Coleta Williams, Clive Stanbrook, and Mary Forbes.
    Malcolm, who described himself as civic leader, told the SIPT about bribery for political purposes within the PDM and that a member received a $40,000 payment for an appointment in the House of Assembly. He also said the PDM received a $100,000 payment from a developer.



    Members of Parliament are required by legislation to declare and register interests or donations relevant to their position. I can say that during my time in Government I have received only 2 campaign donations from external sources both of which were appropriately recorded. The first donation was a cheque in the sum of $1,000 from a person named Clive Stanbrook. It was used to pay for musical equipment at a political rally. I signed the back of the cheque and handed it over to the musicians who supplied the equipment. I recall this was late March or early April 2003, just before the election on 24th April.

    The second donation was a cheque in the sum of $10,000 received in early 2007 from a person named DAVID SMITH. This cheque was handed to me by a person named JEN MESSAM, who is my second cousin. JEN MESSAM was at that time employed as the Protocol Officer for Michael Misick.

    I did not solicit the payment of $10,000 from DAVID SMITH. The circumstances of my receiving it are that on a day shortly before the General Election of 2007 I was working in my office at the hilly Ewing Building when JEN MESSAM handed me a white envelope and said, “I have something for you from DAVID and TRACEY.”

    I immediately knew that by saying the envelope was from ‘DAVID and TRACEY’, MESSAM was referring to DAVID AND TRACEY SMITH who were neighbours of mine at Chalk Sound. My understanding of DAVID SMITH at that time was that he was a rich foreign businessman. However, much later I was to learn from the national newspapers that he was operating what is known as a Ponzi scheme, for which he has since been convicted. Regarding TRACEY SMITH we were already acquainted by having attended the same social events.

    On receiving the envelope I simply said, “Thank you” and carried on working. However a short while later I opened it up and was shocked to see a cheque in the sum of $10,000. This seemed to me to be a huge amount of money, given that my only previous political donation was for the relatively modest sum of just $1,000. I went to MESSAM’S office and asked why I was being given so much money. MESSAM told me the money was intended to assist with my election campaign. She told me that the SMITH’S were giving everyone the same amount but she did not mention the names of the other recipients. I paid the cheque into my account with FIRST CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANK and the money was used solely for my political campaign. It was spent mainly on placards, banners, tee shirts and caps. It also paid for food at a political meeting held at a place called The Middle Caicos Cafe, which is opposite the Veranda Hotel on Providenciales.

    Incidentally, I later received another sum of money from TRACEY SMITH but this had nothing to do with politics. This was by way of a cheque in the sum of $4,500. The circumstances of this are that sometime in 2008

    [2008! when OLINT was not paying people money!!?…the wicked shall perish…]

    TRACEY learned that I was about to embark on a business venture and needed some financial backing. She offered me assistance by giving me the cheque for $4,500, which I accepted as a loan. However this business came to nothing. I then offered to pay TRACEY back but she flatly refused and said, “I GAVE it to you.”

    Click to access 20120226-181410-915-72-1.pdf

  458. April 3 2012

    As this scandal came to light a week ago, the Conservative Party first refused to release the names of political donors who had had dinner with Cameron but within twenty-four hours had to reverse that decision and provide details of all the meetings with the various donors, because of the pressure coming from an outraged citizenry and media.

    What does this mean for the TCI

    In the TCI, both political parties are currently answering questions from the SIPT regarding hundreds of thousands of dollars of political contributions that were allegedly misappropriated. Some cases are being described by the politicians as “personal loans”, in other cases politicians are attempting to describe alleged acts of bribery as “simply” money laundering!

    In the TCI, if a person asks our politicians how often did they meet with David Smith, Mario Hoffmann, Lord Ashcroft, Jak Cevrie, Richard Padgett, or Cem Kinay and how much money did these individuals donate to you, the person and their family are met with insults and grave threats.

    There is no illusion of supporting a given philosophy or person, it is pure protection money, plain and simple.

    True civic leaders should not have to sell access or sell their soul, as the Conservative treasurer was doing, in order to raise funds to contest an election.


  459. James Murdoch profile: college drop-out to media prince
    Once the black sheep of the family, James Murdoch was perhaps the surprise candidate to become heir apparent to the Murdoch empire.

    He is also due to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics with his father, Rupert, at the end of the month.


  460. DAVID and TRACEY SMITH’S OLINT FEEDER “CLUBS” start to face the music & pay.

    CFTC Orders South Florida Resident Alan A. Grant and his Company, Francis Grant Investments Inc., to Pay $500,000 in Forex Fraud Charges

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges that Alan A. Grant and his company, Francis Grant Investments Inc. (FGI), of Davie, Fla., committed fraud by failing to disclose to customers that the off-shore foreign currency (forex) pool in which they participated had ceased trading and assets were frozen due to a foreign regulatory action. Grant and FGI issued false account statements showing profitable trading by the off-shore pool and continued to solicit funds even though the pool was no longer trading.

    The CFTC order specifically finds that from April 2007 through August 2008, Grant solicited millions of dollars from hundreds of customers to participate in a commodity pool managed by an off-shore third party based out of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The off-shore pool was to trade exclusively leveraged off-exchange forex.

    According to the Order, in early 2008, Grant and FGI became aware of a foreign regulatory action being taken against the off-shore pool and that trading had ceased. Grant and FGI did not disclose this to their customers. Instead, they issued customer account statements falsely reflecting that investments were increasing in value. They also continued to solicit and accept new customer funds claiming that the off-shore pool was trading profitably. From June through August 2008, Grant and FGI fraudulently solicited approximately $155,000 from some 18 customers.

    Click to access enffgiorder110911.pdf

  461. Floridian:

    I was highly critical of you earlier. Now I must admit that I admire your persistence.

    Your latest post is of particu