AG wins no-confidence battle

image Jamaica’s Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, is staying put, despite efforts to get her ousted.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday July 5, 2010 – An Opposition motion seeking to censure Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, for her actions prior to the extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, has failed.

The motion brought by People’s National Party (PNP) Senator Sandrea Falconer was easily defeated 12-6.

The Opposition had accused the Attorney General of using “spurious reasons and excuses” to delay signing the order to proceed with the extradition request and argued that her "mismanagement of the extradition process” has so severely impacted her trustworthiness and competence that she no longer enjoys the confidence of the Senate as minister.

The motion described Lightbourne’s actions as a direct assault upon the rule of law, showing scant respect for the proper administration of justice and demonstrating gross dereliction of ministerial responsibility.

Senator Falconer had argued that “the Jamaican brand has been severely damaged by a narco state designation and travel advisories from several friendly states”.


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