Thursday 2 July, 2020

Holness blames PNP for extradition rumours

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has broken his silence on the recent speculations that the United States Government had requested the extradition of senior members of his Government.

In a tweet after the US Embassy in Jamaica stated in writing that the rumours are false, Holness rebuked members of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), who he blamed for the rumours.

According to social media posts, the USA had requested the extradition of ministers, included Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with responsibility for Land, Environment and Climate change.

The rumours persisted despite Vaz, in a radio interview, denying that he was the subject of any extradition request.

Following the Embassy’s own tweet on the matter, Holness said: “The PNP operatives who have been carrying rumours and fake news should know that the era of social media is not just for those who would seek to use it negatively, more so, it is a tool for transparency, clarity and integrity.”

Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, also tweeted a response to the Embassy's tweet. She said: “Many thanks for your clarification! Much appreciated”.

Social media speculation has been rife about possible legal challenges since the US revoked the visas of Vaz and his wife, Ann-Marie, along with PNP Vice-president, Phillip Paulwell. 

It was also said then that visas for a number of police personnel and a few prominent business persons had also been revoked.

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