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    Well, it look like Mr. Robertson had good reason for "swooping in to rescue" this man.

    A Jamaica Labour Party activist who was allegedly shot by police two weeks ago has made a potentially explosive disclosure that he has tape recordings linking a member of the Opposition People’s National Party and members of the police force in a plot to kill him...
    Detectives from the Inspectorate General Department of the Police Force confirmed having in their possession digital recordings of what they believe to be conversations between Simpson and the politician, during which he bragged about putting a contract on Simpson’s life.

    The Sunday Herald was told that the political figure was heard on the tape telling Simpson that he hired two policemen to take him out and that he had not long to live.
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    What a thing eh?. We should be congratulating Mr. Robertson for his efforts in saving that man's life, instead of seeking to cast aspersions on the man.

    On another note: don't you find it suspicious that every time the police shots a man you hear that he's wanted?
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    I say reserve judgment till after the smoke clears...
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    As official reports surface of accused drug lord Christopher Coke's escape from his barricaded Kingston, Jamaica neighborhood, where Jamaican authorities have been attempting to arrest him for extradition to the U.S., ABC News has learned that a U.S. government report refers to Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a "criminal affiliate" of Coke.
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    The same drug gang that is now battling security forces in Jamaica in a bloody urban stand-off was openly used by the island's ruling party to bring supporters to the polls and intimidate opposition voters in elections three years ago, Caribbean political experts suggested yesterday.
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    The Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica has released a statement countering reports that appeared in the foreign press today.

    Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US –ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
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    Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, has complained of an international conspiracy against his Government after news reports suggesting that US authorities consider him a “known criminal affiliate” of the fugitive drugs baron Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
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    TVJ just reported that the US State Dept. has refuted the claims of ABC News that it had issued a report stating that Bruce Golding was a criminal affiliate of Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

    Bruce can a get a likkle lawsuit money.

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    QUESTION: There is an ABC report that cited a U.S. document referring to the Jamaican prime minister as a criminal affiliate of Christopher Coke. Does the U.S. consider the prime minister a criminal?

    MR. CROWLEY: I am not familiar with the report cited in that story. We certainly support the efforts of the Government of Jamaica to strengthen the rule of law and arrest Christopher Coke. The Government of Jamaica and the prime minister have taken bold steps in the last few days and we continue to work closely with the Government of Jamaica to counter illicit trafficking. I would just simply say we here at the State Department have no information to substantiate that report.
    Transcript of State Dept. Press Briefing
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    Here's the full ABC article. Posting it so that when they wipe it, there is a record of ABC's folly.

    ABC News
    U.S. Report: Jamaican Prime Minister Is 'Known Criminal Affiliate' Of Hunted Drug Lord
    As Christopher 'Dudus' Coke Eludes Capture, 30 Reported Dead In Spreading Violence
    By RICHARD ESPOSITO, MARK SCHONE and LUIS MARTINEZ

    May 25, 2010

    As official reports surface of accused drug lord Christopher Coke's escape from his barricaded Kingston, Jamaica neighborhood, where Jamaican authorities have been attempting to arrest him for extradition to the U.S., ABC News has learned that a U.S. government report refers to Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a "criminal affiliate" of Coke.

    Golding, who led resistance to Coke's extradition before public opinion forced him to reverse himself, is described in a document read to ABC News as a "known criminal affiliate" of Christopher "Dudus" Coke. According to official U.S. accounts , Golding's Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) was voted into power through "Coke's murderous and strong-arm tactics."

    Recently, Golding and other senior Jamaican officials have been electronically intercepted talking to Coke inside his fortified redoubt, US authorities say.

    The major police action to capture Coke began Monday morning. On Tuesday, U.S. authorities said they believed Coke had escaped through a ring of hundreds of cops and soldiers who had surrounded the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens. Jamaican and US authorities report that Coke may have slipped through police lines and escaped into one of two adjoining areas, either Denham Town or Jones Town.

    By Monday night, Coke's gun-toting supporters had taken control of the Kingston Public Hospital, and the hospital's one surgeon has been treating at least 14 Coke loyalists.

    Jamaican police are reporting that 30 people -- 26 civilians and four members of security forces -- have died during firefights in West Kingston as authorities attempt to capture Coke.

    ABC News has learned that authorities believe at least 15 alleged gangsters have been slain. Police and soldiers have been doing battle with the alleged drug lord's heavily armed supporters and outside mercenaries that Jamaican authorities say Coke has hired. U.S. authorities say some of the mercenaries are believed to be Haitian.

    In addition to the Kingston Hospital gunshot victims, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Hospital has treated 21 gunshot victims. Six of those  five civilians and one soldier  have died.

    The island's Minister of National Security Dwight Nelson has alerted a third hospital, Andrews Hospital, to expect wounded and the National Blood Transfusion Service has issued an appeal to the public to donate blood. An emergency operations center has been activated to coordinate health sector responses as well as hospital security.

    As the so far unsuccessful attempt to collar Coke continues, an American Airlines flight into Kingston was cancelled Tuesday and a British Airways flight Monday night was diverted to relatively peaceful Montego Bay. Air Jamaica has also cancelled flights on and off the island.

    Reports of gunfire throughout Kingston continue with heavy fighting ongoing in West Kingston. Two local schools that serve American Embassy personnel were closed Tuesday and all non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy have been told to stay home.

    During a previous attempt to capture Coke 27 were killed and a JDF helicopter was shot down. The current effort began in August 2009, when U.S. authorities forwarded a Provisional Arrest Warrant and Extradition Request to the Jamaican government.

    Prime Minister Golding dropped his resistance to Coke's extradition during the week of May 10, 2010, under intense pressure from Jamaica's main political parties, the ruling JLP and the opposition People's National Party, or PNP. On May 17th Golding announced that he would direct his Attorney General to sign an order that would allow Coke's arrest.

    Following that announcement, the West Kingston communities allied to Coke began non-violent protests. But even then it was apparent to authorities that Coke's supporters were gearing up for an armed confrontation. They fortified their neighborhood with sandbags, threw up road blocks, installed improvised explosive devices and electrified fencing, all in an effort to block Coke's arrest.

    Coke's forces are heavily armed with an arsenal that includes automatic rifles and hand grenades. Authorities are attempting to confirm reports that the drug gang also has rocket launchers.

    Explosions and steady gunfire have been heard throughout Coke's West Kingston neighborhood starting at about noon Monday. On Monday, he told the Jamaican police who are trying to capture him so he can be extradited to the U.S., "I will not surrender," according to U.S. authorities.

    Eight police officers were shot, two fatally, during a confrontation near the international airport Sunday night. Four police stations were attacked Sunday, and one was burned to the ground. Jamaica's police commissioner has claimed that gunmen from other Caribbean islands have come to Kingston to aid Coke.

    According to a federal indictment issued in New York in 2009, Coke is alleged to head an international criminal posse known as "The Shower Posse" that operates in Jamaica and the United States. He has been charged by U.S. authorities with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in firearms.

    Coke is alleged to have sold crack cocaine and marijuana in the New York area since the 1990s and to equip his gang members with illegally procured weapons.

    Coke, aka "Presi," "President," "Dudus," and "Shortman," according to the indictment, is alleged to have sold more than 1000 pounds of pot and at least five kilos of cocaine during the period of the indictment, 1994 through 2007.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE INDICTMENT

    Coke's posse allegedly operated out of the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in West Kingston, which the indictment described as a garrison community, "a barricaded neighborhood guarded by a group of armed gunmen." The indictment also alleged, however, that the Shower Posse hd a presence in "other areas of Jamaica, and in other countries, including the United States." At Coke's direction, Shower Posse members allegedly sent firearms back to Jamaica, which has one of the highest murder rates in the Western Hemisphere.

    Coke's "power and influence" the indictment charged, enabled him to protect his posse as it shipped dope to New York and weapons to Jamaica. Coke's alleged ties to Jamaica's prime minister and ruling party have been a major factor influencing the US inability to extradite him in the past.

    Prime Minister Golding was criticized by the political opposition in March for allegedly hiring a lobbying firm in the U.S. to fight the extradition of Coke. Lobbying documents show that the Jamaican government did hire a firm to lobby the U.S. over the treaty dispute. Golding later admitted that he approved the hiring of the firm, but said the effort was on behalf of his political party and not the government.

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    Additional reporting by Fitzroy Prendergast

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    It wouldn't be in the US State's best interest to back this story ABC did. Next thing Bruce go decide seh him naa extradite di man again. lol So of course di US going to refute it.

    Not saying it true still.

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