WIKILEAKS: EXTRADITION OF DRUG KINGPIN NEMBHARD — NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKED

Cable time: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:41 UTC ¶1. (C) Summary: On the morning of July 4, Drug Kingpin Norris “Dido” Nembhard and four co-conspirators lost their final appeal and were eligible for extradition. Following maneuvers by defense attorneys to delay the extradition long enough to mount what would likely have been an unsuccessful appeal […]
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WIKILEAKS: THE RAMBLINGS OF MRS. GOLDING

Time: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:19 UTC ¶1. (C) Lorna Golding, the wife of Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding, told Post’s Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Patricia Attkisson that she believes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is under the “pernicious influence” of U.S. Representative Charles Rangel regarding the contentious U.S. extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke. […]
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WIKILEAKS: PETER PHILLIPS VOWED NEVER TO SERVE IN ANOTHER PORTIA-LED GOVERNMENT

Time: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:13 UTC Summary: In a recent conversation with the NAS Director, Jamaica’s former Minister of National Security and opposition People’s National Party (PNP) leader, Peter Phillips, agreed that there is danger that Jamaica could go the way of Haiti if the current government were to fail in its reform efforts […]
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WIKILEAKS: IMPLOSION AT FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION LEAVES CONTINUED U.S. SUPPORT IN QUESTION

Time: Wed, 7 May 2008 20:32 UTC ¶1. (SBU) Summary: In early April, when the NAS Director was absent from Post, the Government of Jamaica removed the Director, Deputy Director, and key investigative staff from the Financial Investigative Division (FID). The reason given for the decision was that the “international community had lost confidence in […]
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WIKILEAKS: RECENT ALLEGED HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE DEFIES EASY CATEGORIZATION AS HATE CRIMES

Time: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 00:00 UTC ————- Summary ————- ¶1. (C) In November and December 2005, two murders in Jamaica were labeled by some gay activists as homophobic hate crimes, although senior police contacts described the killings as resulting from common robberies. On November 30, 2005, a leading HIV/AIDS activist, Lenford “Steve” Harvey, was […]
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WIKILEAKS: GENDER, CLASS, COLOUR BIAS MAR PNP PRESIDENCY RACE

[Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts from a cable sent by the US Embassy to its State Department providing details on the 2006 race for the PNP presidency. The cable highlights the classism and racism still very much in existence in Jamaica, and evident in the vitriol that was used to assail Mrs. Simpson-Miller. While […]
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WIKILEAKS: JAMAICAN POLICE UNDER FIRE

Time: Thu, 12 May 2005 00:00 UTC ¶1. (C) Summary: In seperate incidents, between 9:00 p.m. on May 3 and 7:00 a.m. on May 4, three Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and one private security guard were murdered while another JCF officer was injured in Kingston. Two of the alleged gunmen were shot and killed […]
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WIKILEAKS: THE QUESTIONABLE CHARACTER OF JAMES ROBERTSON

[Editor’s Note: While I am not so naïve as to believe that our politicians are squeaky clean, I believe the questions must be asked: – Why would a public servant, particularly a deputy leader of a party, make and maintain “underworld contacts”? – Why, if you have knowledge of their criminal acts and history, was […]
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WIKILEAKS: CONCERNS OVER WAYNE CHEN’S VISA

[Editor’s Note: This one is short and spicy, but rather interesting. Who would have thought that one of the most “highly regarded” businessmen in Jamaica – and now public servant – would make such an association? One wonders why the two were acquainted, the nature of the relationship and the favours granted. The US Embassy […]
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WIKILEAKS: PNP FACES INTERNAL PROBLEMS/LACK OF ENTHUSIASM

Time: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 18:09 UTC ¶1. (SBU) Poloff recently met with longtime People’s National Party (PNP) activist and organizer Karen Cross to discuss recent media reports of problems within the PNP which could impact the outcome of the upcoming elections (due by October 2007). During the meeting, Cross confirmed that there is still […]
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