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LaTouche to take OCG to court

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer Senior Reporter

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 5:37 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chairman of the Jamaica Association of Contractors and Construction Consultants (JACCC), Percival LaTouche, says he will be seeking legal redress from Contractor General, Greg Christie, for recent statements about him included in releases from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

LaTouche claimed that his character was “maligned and tarnished” by the OCG in two media releases issued on behalf of the Contractor General.

The releases were titled “OCG Statement in Response to Allegations and Threats made by Contractor Group” on July 30, and “Allegation of Thwarted Threat of Execution on the Life of OCG Staff Member”, issued on September 5.

In the July 30 release, the OCG said it would not submit to threats and ultimatums against its staff, which it alleged, were made before, during and after a meeting of the JACCC on July 28 at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston.

It also stated that the contractors, who were called to the meeting by LaTouche, accused the OCG, among other things, of intimidatory tactics because they were tape recorded at meetings and referred to the Police Fraud Squad.  

In the September 5 release, the OCG said it received a report of an alleged failed attempt to execute one of its staff-members by a Government contractor. It also stated that the JACCC, which is chaired by LaTouche, in several media releases, accused the OCG of delays in the NCC’s Government contractor re-registration process.

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