Jamaica To Establish Commission of Enquiry On Dudus Extradition

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CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. Oct. 15, 2010: The Jamaican government this week vowed to establish a commission of enquiry into the handling of the extradition request for Christopher `Dudus` Coke, as well as the engagement of the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

`The composition of the Commission and the more precise terms of reference will be announced shortly,` Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, said during Tuesday`s sitting of the House of Representatives.

He noted that the government will be in touch with Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, on the matter.

`As a matter of courtesy, I have kept her informed of matters that I consider warrant that level of communication. I think you will appreciate, however, that ultimately the buck stops somewhere,`. Golding said.

The opposition People`s National Party (PNP), and a number of interest groups and individuals, have been calling for a Commission of Enquiry into both matters.

Coke was extradited to the United States in June, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Jamaica following days of turmoil and a gun battle between Jamaica police and army officers and Coke loyalists.

The former resident of Tivoli Gardens, a stronghold of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), was wanted by the American authorities on alleged drug and gun running charges.

Confusion exists over whether the American law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, was engaged by the JLP or the Golding administration, to lobby the US Congress and government, on the extradition.

 

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