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Long-time JLP supporter sues Golding

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Long-time JLP supporter sues Golding

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Attorneys for Harold Brady, the man at the centre of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips saga, have filed a libel suit against Prime Minister Bruce Golding regarding statements made during a Press conference on September 14.
In the suit which was filed in the Supreme Court last Friday the attorneys said they were seeking damages for libel, exemplary or aggravated damages, costs, as well as such further and/other relief on behalf of their client.
At the September 14 press conference, which was arranged by the Press Association of Jamaica, journalists were given the opportunity to question the Prime Minister on the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke and the controversial hiring of US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips (MPP).
The Prime Minister, during one of his responses, declared that Brady, who was reportedly involved in the hiring of the law firm, was no longer a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, and was not in good financial standing with the party secretariat.
Golding also said the attorney had been axed from all government boards.
However, immediately after the Prime Minister’s revelation, Brady fired back, claiming that he was still in good standing with the party, as well as being part of the party’s Central Executive.
Following the press conference Brady’s attorneys wrote Golding demanding a retraction and an apology.  However, the Prime Minister did not respond to their demands.
In the lawsuit, Brady claims libel for various statements made by Golding. His attorneys have given the Prime Minister 14 days to respond. (CMC)