Golding Says He Didnt Instruct Lightbourne to Sign Extradition Request

The former Primer Minister, Bruce Golding, took the stand this morning as the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry resumed its sittings.

His, is a highly anticipated testimony owing to his position as head of the government and member of parliament at the time of the operation by the security forces into the community to serve a warrant on then fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

Mr Bruce Golding testified that he did not ‘instruct’ former Justice Minister and Attorney General, Dorothy Lightbourne, on whether she should’ve signed the extradition request for Coke.

Mr. Golding said Miss Lightbourne signed the extradition request for Coke on May 17, 2010 — nine months after the request from the United States was made.

He recalled that he made a broadcast to the nation on the eve of  Miss Lightbourne signing the extradition request — indicating that she would authorise it.

Under cross-examination, he disagreed with a suggestion from the Commission’s Counsel, Garth McBean, that this was bad move.