Lightbourne briefed Brady

E-mail cited as justice minister faced eighth day of gruelling questions

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Coordinator

Thursday, March 17, 2011    

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JUSTICE Minister Dorothy Lightbourne yesterday stoutly denied authorising an e-mail that was sent by her secretary to both Solicitor General Douglas Leys and controversial attorney Harold Brady concerning the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition request.

The first six paragraphs of the e-mail, sent on September 16, 2009 were in relation to the extradition procedures — a process on which Leys, according the evidence, was already versed.

The e-mail with the subject line "extradition" and for which the flag status was branded 'red', was introduced by Leys' attorney Oliver Smith during his cross-examination of the justice minister at yesterday's sitting of the Dudus/Manatt Commission of Enquiry at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Smith suggested that the e-mail was sent to brief Brady on the extradition proceedings but Lightbourne — who had previously testified to never having any contact with Brady regarding the issue — denied the suggestion.

Lightbourne said she could not recall the document.

"I don't know it. It doesn't say it's from me," said Lightbourne.

Again, after the luncheon break, Lightbourne came out strongly denying that she had sent the e-mail and sought to distance herself from it.

"This e-mail did not come from me," Lightbourne said in response to questions from Linton Gordon, the attorney for the Jamaica Defence Force's Lieutenant Col Patrick Cole. "The content is not correct either. It did not have in it that I spoke to Mr Cole, and I did."

Lightbourne had contended that on August 25, 2009 when the extradition request arrived from the United States, Cole spoke to her on the telephone from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions about speeding up the extradition process.

Cole — who also gave evidence in the enquiry — has denied that he spoke with Lightbourne.

The e-mail outlines a conversation with Lisa Palmer-Hamilton, the senior deputy director of public prosecutions on August 25, 2009 regarding the extradition request. Lightbourne had previously testified to the conversation.

Questioned further by Gordon about the e-mail, Lightbourne said she could recall the content but was still adamant that she did not give the authority for the e-mail to be sent.

"I have an e-mail address, why wasn't it sent from my e-mail address?" she questioned.

Gordon suggested that Lightbourne was the author of the e-mail, that it was sent on her behalf and that she was trying to pass the blame for her action, but the minister denied the suggestion. She had earlier testified that she was not conversant with e-mail use.

Cross-examination of Lightbourne continues today.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is expected to start giving evidence tomorrow.





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