Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid says the government paid approximately $160-million for appeals to the United Kingdom-based Privy Council over the last 5 years.

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In addition, he says a little over $2-million was paid in miscellaneous fees for the appeals. Over $6-million is still owed to attorneys in the UK for assisting the Jamaican Government in their Privy Council cases.

Minister Reid says for the current fiscal year, the government may have to spend $41-million between the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions to try cases at the Privy Council.

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He was answering questions in the Senate on Friday.