Responding to a libel suit filed by Jamaican lawyer Harold Brady, the island nation’s prime minister claims that a former chairman of the Republican National Committee in this country steered Jamaican officials to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips for help in dealing with a delicate extradition request.

Bruce Golding, head of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), states in court papers that Brady approached him in early September 2009 and suggested he could make contact with Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., according to The Jamaica Gleaner. Fahrenkopf was RNC chair from 1983 to 1989 and once served as a “special partner” at Hogan & Hartson (now called Hogan Lovells), the firm where Brady once worked as a consultant.

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