Outgoing PrimeÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Minister Bruce Golding admitted he had lostÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the confidence of Jamaicans to run the countryÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â and breached the Jamaican constitution in theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â scandal surrounding his handling of the extraditionÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â of the convicted drug lord and gang leaderÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Christopher ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDudusÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Coke.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt was never about CokeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s guilt or innocence,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Golding told Jamaicans in an eight-and-a-half minuteÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â national broadcast on Oct. 2.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt was about a breach of our constitution andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â had it been a person other than Coke it perhaps wouldÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â never have become the cause celebre that it hadÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â turned out to be.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
A public inquiry revealed that informationÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â gleaned from wiretapping CokeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s interceptions were Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â used in CokeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s extradition. In his speech, GoldingÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â appeared to pivot his resignation on the legality of theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â action.
Golding said that the government has sinceÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â amended the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s wiretapping law, theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Interception of Communications Act, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œto permitÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â in the future the action that was taken in CokeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢sÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â case but which at that time was in violation of ourÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â constitution.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â The scandal also revealed GoldingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s role inÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the hiring of an American law firm, Manatt PhelpsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â and Phillips, to lobby Washington in an initial bidÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to stave off the extradition of Coke, a drug andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â arms kingpin of the Tivoli Gardens community inÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â GoldingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s West Kingston constituency.
The text of Prime Minister Bruce GoldingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s addressÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to Jamaica appears in Viewpoint, page 9.