Dudus extradition inquiry to begin in New Year

| 09/12/2010

(BBC): A hearing will begin in January on which the future of Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding could hinge. A commission of inquiry will examine Golding and his government’s handling of the American extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, an alleged drug lord. In late May a hunt for Coke in his Tivoli Gardens stronghold led to a confrontation that killed at least 73 civilians and three security officers. Golding’s popularity suffered in the wake of the execution of the extradition warrant. Critics have complained that Golding’s initial reluctance to hand over Coke gave the suspect and his supporters too much time to prepare for a confrontation in inner-city West Kingston.

 

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