Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was admitted to the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) on Friday after complaining of nausea.

Golding was still in the hospital on Saturday morning, with doctors at the facility conducting various tests to discern his ailment. According to reports, Golding was on his way to St Elizabeth for an event when he became ill.

Golding was Prime Minister of Jamaica between 2007 and 2011. Under his leadership, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) defeated the People’s National Party (PNP) in the General Elections of 2007. However, he suddenly resigned in 2011.

Before his resignation, he had a protracted dispute with officials of the United States of America, who had requested the extradition of then Tivoli Gardens’ strongman, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

According to Golding then, the request had breached the Jamaican’s constitutional rights, but eventually, in May 2010, he ordered a raid on Tivoli Gardens to capture Coke, which resulted in more than 70 lives being lost.

Coke evaded that dragnet but was eventually caught and turned over to the US authorities after waiving his right to fight the extradition process.

Coke is now serving a 23-year prison sentence in the US.


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