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Jamaica's Bruce Golding denies link to drug lord Dudus Coke

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"Both publications, by seeking to link (Golding) personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica," Golding's office said in a statement. "The Prime Minister said the reports have made damaging and libelous assertions and he repudiated the scurrilous and malicious reporting, which he said must be dismissed with the contempt that it deserves."

The US has not publicly accused Golding of anything, but its public communications have grown more forceful toward the ruling party. Golding only agreed to extradite Coke last week after fighting US efforts for nine months. He also publicly apologized to Jamaica for having paid $50,000 to a powerful law firm to lobby the US government to drop its extradition demands over Coke.

"Delays in proceeding with the significant extradition request for a major alleged narcotics and firearms trafficker who is reported to have ties to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, and subsequent delays in other extradition requests, have called into question Kingston’s commitment to law enforcement cooperation with the US," the State Department said in a report on narcotics trafficking in March.

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