Montague Mum as Caricel Case heads to Court

The matter concerning the controversial award of a spectrum licence to Caricel by the government is to be heard in court tomorrow.

That’s according to one of the attorney’s representing Caricel, Bert Samuels, of the law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels.

Mr. Samuels made the disclosure as he responded yesterday to a report by Nationwide News about concerns the United States has expressed about Caricel.

Nationwide News understands that National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has advised Technology Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, to begin the process of revoking Caricel’s license.

The decision followed a high level meeting involving Jamaican government officials and representatives of the US Government.

The United States has provided what’s being called ‘hard evidence’ to the Holness-administration which would disqualify Caricel from owning and operating a telecoms license.

Two senior US law enforcement sources told our news center yesterday that US Ambassador to Kingston, Luis Moreno, met recently with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Mr. Moreno reportedly told the Prime Minister that the US is concerned about the national security implications for the US and Jamaica should the license remain.

The US representatives say their law enforcement is concerned about a number of associates of Caricel and how the company is being funded.

One particular associate of the company is said to be under a major US federal investigation in relation to drug smuggling.

Meanwhile, National Security Minister, Robert Montague, is refusing to comment on the developments.

The US representatives told our news center yesterday that the associate of Caricel is a known drug trafficker and is also being investigated in connection with the lotto scam.

They say it’d be dangerous to citizens of Jamaica and the US if such an individual is allowed direct access to a telecoms company.

The US law enforcement officials say they have telephonic evidence linking the individual to the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse.

They say the associate of Caricel also has links to former Tivoli Gardens don and ex-Shower posse boss, Christopher Dudus Coke.

The high ranking representatives of the US say steps are being taken to prepare extradition proceedings against the associate of Caricel .

They say should the individual visit the US, it’s highly likely he’d be immediately taken into Police custody to face a federal indictment.

It’s on this basis that the Holness administration and Minister Montague have written Dr. Wheatley in the past few days saying steps should be taken to rescind Caricel’s license in the interest of national security.

Caricel has indicated it’s willing to fight.

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