In a Press Brief today in Washington D.C., Assistant Secretary Phillip J. Crowley stated that he was not familiar with evidence claimed in the ABC Network alleged report the Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding was a ‘criminal affiliated of Christopher Coke’. An article carried on the US-based ABC Network website referred to a U.S government document to sustain its position.
Mr. Crowley had the follow responses:
“I am not familiar with the report cited in that story. We certainly support the efforts of the Government of Jamaica to strengthen the rule of law and arrest Christopher Coke. The Government of Jamaica and the prime minister have taken bold steps in the last few days and we continue to work closely with the Government of Jamaica to counter illicit trafficking. I would just simply say we here at the State Department have no information to substantiate that report.
But to us, actions speak louder than words. It is the prime minister that signed the arrest decree and it is under his leadership that the government is aggressively pursuing the arrest of Mr. Coke.”
Mr. Crowley was responding to a question posed asking if the Prime Minister was considered a Criminal. The question was pose verbatim: “There is an ABC report that cited a U.S. document referring to the Jamaican prime minister as a criminal affiliate of Christopher Coke. Does the U.S. consider the prime minister a criminal?“
The controversial article brought in the U.S.-based ABC Network and another in the UK-based The Independent prompted widespread talks in media and amount citizens. In an immediate release to the media, available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s website, the follow statement was posted:
“Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US -ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Mr Golding says he is also outraged by an article in The Independent, a UK newspaper, that the ‘drug gang was on (the) payroll of Jamaican Prime Minister’. He said both publications, by seeking to link him personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica.
The Prime Minister said the reports have made damaging and libellous assertions and he repudiated the scurrilous and malicious reporting, which he said must be dismissed with the contempt that it deserves.”