The Shame of Mr. Golding.
The recent report in the Associated Press regarding the Golding Administration’s tardiness in handling the request made by the US Department of Justice for the extradition of an alleged Tivoli strongman; has cast serious doubts on the commitment of the Government to honour obligations under international law.
Despite constant appeals from the Opposition People’s National Party for action, the administration has opted to remain deafeningly silent on the issue. Attorney General Senator Dorothy Lightbourne has stated that there are delicate legal issues which have to be cleared up before any action is taken on the issue but the Obama Administration has rubbished these claims. While the Golding Government plays hide and seek, the United States is reported to have stated that “While cooperation between (the) Government of Jamaica (GOJ) and United States Government law-enforcement agencies remained strong, delays in proceeding with the significant extradition request for a major alleged narcotics and firearms trafficker who is reported to have ties to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and subsequent delays in other extradition requests, have called into question Kingston’s commitment to law-enforcement cooperation with the US”. The Daily Gleaner has reported that the so called Information Minister declined to comment when contacted; an art that this joke of an Information Minister has seemingly mastered.
While this Government remains silent, the country’s reputation is being dragged through the mud and disgraced in international spheres. The report from Washington repeatedly makes the point that the extradition request calls for a crime lord with ties to the ruling Labour party. According to the report “The GOJ’s unusual handling of the August request for the extradition of a high-profile Jamaican crime lord with reported ties to the ruling JLP which currently holds a majority in Parliament, on alleged drug and firearms trafficking charges marked a dramatic change in GOJ’s previous cooperation on extradition, including a temporary suspension in the processing of all other pending requests and raises serious questions about the GOJ’s commitment to combating transnational crime. “The high-profile suspect resides in and essentially controls the Kingston neighbourhood known as Tivoli Gardens, a key constituency for the JLP”
This can in no way help the country’s ranking on current corruption indexes worldwide. Adding insult to injury is the fact that other extradition requests have been handled with as a matter of urgency but this one is mysteriously taking a long time. We are not idiots Mr. Golding and I wish you wouldn’t treat the people of this country with such utter and complete contempt. I once again reiterate my call for the Opposition Leader to move a motion of no confidence against Mr. Golding and his administration. He has lost credibility nationally, Jamaica is little more than a footnote regionally and we have now almost certainly lost credibility internationally. Shame Mr. Golding! SHAME!