KINGSTON – Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator, the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, has maintained that an e-mail allegedly sent to Solicitor General Douglas Leys from her office was not written by her.
Under cross-examination from Attorney, Lord Anthony Gifford, Senator Lightbourne explained that all e-mails sent by her, are sent through her work e-mail address.
“It is not my e-mail, it is an e-mail from Mrs. Verna McGaw, and she is no longer working at my Ministry. She was a typist there, but all my e-mails are sent from my e-mail address,” Senator Lightbourne said.
Speaking at the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition of Christopher Coke Thursday March 17 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Senator Lightbourne noted that she would not have been sending “anything” to Mr. Leys in that form.
“I have an e-mail address, and I receive e-mails at that address. There is nothing here that says this came from me. My name is not mentioned at all, and my e-mail address is not mentioned. I do not send an e-mail to Mr. Leys as Douglas Leys, I send them to his e-mail address,” she stated.
The e-mail outlined a conversation between the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions, Lisa Palmer Hamilton, and Senator Lightbourne.
Attorney representing Mr. Leys, Oliver Smith, said that his client will give the Commission full access to his computer.
“The commission could have it examined by whatever expert they think is best. His inbox, with the e-mail from Miss McGaw, is open to the enquiry. The legal team that represents the Minister would not have been surprised by the email, as they requested that e-mail in January, in an effort to have it assist in the preparation of her statement,” Mr. Smith said.
The Commission was also informed that Mrs. McGaw has been called to testify at the enquiry. She is currently working with the Secretariat of the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition issue at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
The Commission was, eventually, interrupted after three brown manila envelopes were handed to attorneys Hugh Small, K.D. Knight and Oliver Smith. Mr. Small was concerned that the letters, without the name of the sender, were delivered to Counsel at the enquiry.
“Having regard to what happened earlier in the week, I sent it back: I am not opening it in here,” Mr. Small said.
“I would have thought that, with the abundance of security here, they wouldn’t be allowing somebody to just deliver letters to people who are inside the commission. It is quite improper,” he elaborated.
Chairman of the Commission, Emil George, decided to have an adjournment, to allow the police to ensure that security at the conference centre was not compromised.
The enquiry continued Friday March 18, with Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding’s testimony.
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