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‘A web of deception’

Leys had concerns about Brady’s involvement in extradition lobby

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, February 12, 2011    

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SOLICITOR General Douglas Leys yesterday described as a "web of deception" attorney Harold Brady's involvement in the extradition matter concerning alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Leys' pronouncement came during cross-examination from attorney Linton Gordon, who is representing the Jamaica Defence Force, at yesterday's sitting of the Dudus/Manatt commission of enquiry.

Leys testified that before December 2009 he was not even aware that Brady was involved in the extradition matter.

"So what it is that you have now realised?" Gordon asked.


"I have realised that there has been a 'web of deception' and Brady was involved in that," Leys said in response.

He further testified that after he made the realisation, he was concerned that it was allowed to happen and felt that attempts were made to interfere with his job.

Leys, under re-examination from his attorney Oliver Senior, said "it was inappropriate for Brady to have been contracted to deal with the matter" and that he had no right to be involved.

Earlier, under cross-examination from attorney Patrick Atkinson, who is representing the People's National Party's Dr Peter Phillips, Leys was grilled about a series of e-mails which involved communication among himself, his deputy Lackston Robinson, and Manatt, Phelps and Phillips representatives Kevin Di Gregory and Susan Schmidt.

Leys said that the e-mails culminated in a conference call in which they discussed the drafting of a joint press release regarding a meeting held with the United States Department of Justice to discuss matters surrounding Coke's extradition request.

However, Leys testified that it was not obvious to him at that point that Manatt, Phelps and Phillips were of the belief that it was representing the Government of Jamaica and not the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

He also testified that he first became aware that the US-based law firm was working on behalf of the JLP on December 17, 2009.

The enquiry, which is being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston will continue on Monday.

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