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Christopher "Dudus" Coke Facing Extradition Charges to The United States

Prime Minster Golding lobbying Washington for a favourable outcome in the contentious Christopher Coke extradition saga

2010/05/15 08:39 AM

By: gop

Christopher "Dudus" Coke is somehow suffering the fate of his father Lester Lloyd Coke also known as (aka) Jim Brown.

Who is Christopher "Dudus" Coke?

Christopher Coke who is seen as the Don, or boss of the Shower Posses gang is currently facing extradition orders by the United States Government who believes "Dudus" might have been involved in drugs and arms trafficking in the United States, and therefore should answer charges there.

The Government of Jamaica believes, however, that the evidence against Mr. Christopher "Dudus" Coke, were illegally obtained according to the Jamaican Laws. "The Interception of Communications Act makes strict provisions for the manner in which intercepted communications may be obtained and disclosed," the prime minister said. "The evidence supporting the extradition request in this particular case violated those provisions."

Coke's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the US Government would have to provide evidence to support the allegations against his client in order to get Jamaica to extradite him.

MINISTER of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne, had asked the court to determine whether she has the power under the Extradition Act to take into consideration material illegally obtained in arriving at a conclusion whether to initiate extradition proceedings against any person.

Christopher Coke - JLP relationship

West Kingston, of which Tivoli is a major community, is represented in Parliament by Prime Minister Bruce Golding. Tivoli is also the stronghold of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who sees to it that persons find work, school children seek education, and are off the streets by 8 pm.

This being the case in a statement to Parliament, Golding said that he, in his capacity as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), gave authorization for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (US$50,000) to help lobby the United States on the extradition issue.

United States on Extradition Treaty

Two Mondays ago, the United States questioned Jamaica's commitment to law enforcement co-operation and charged that "Jamaica's processing of the extradition request has been subjected to unprecedented delays, unexplained disclosure of law enforcement information to the press, and unfounded allegations questioning the US' compliance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and Jamaican law".

The US also labelled Jamaica as the Caribbean's largest supplier of marijuana to the United States as well as a transhipment point for cocaine entering South America.

Extradition requests are first sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which must pass them on to the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General. The documents eventually end up on the desk of the Director of Public Prosecutions who will rule if arrest warrants must be drawn up.

This sordid mess in Jamaica did not start recently, but might have began with a Jim Brown - shower Posse - Edward Seaga - Central Intelligence Agency - Jamaica Labour Party, Christopher Coke, and a slum environment (Tivoli).

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