The months-long controversy over who hired Manatt, Phelps & Phillips for a controversial Jamaican lobbying assignment keeps getting murkier. The saga entered another chapter last week, as politically connected Kingston lawyer Harold Brady sued the country’s prime minister for libel.

Brady, a prominent backer of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, has been a central character in Jamaican politics in recent months because of his purported role in retaining Manatt to lobby U.S. officials against the extradition of alleged drug lord Christopher Coke. Brady’s suit, which accuses Prime Minister Bruce Golding of libeling him during a press conference last month, seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

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