Jamaica drug lord Coke to face extradition hearing
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:55
Kingston: A Jamaican court will consider on Thursday whether to extradite alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who sparked a mini-war while trying to elude police capture last month, to the United States.

Coke, who is accused of leading the notorious "Shower Posse" gang, is reportedly considering waiving his rights to challenge the transfer and could be in US custody by the weekend.

Pastor Al Miller, director of the National Transformation Program within the Office of the Prime Minister, said Coke wanted to turn himself in at the US embassy and waive his rights before the Jamaican court.

Yesterday, US officials met with members of Jamaica's Police High Command and Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions, but no details of their discussions were released.

"We look forward to working closely with the Jamaican authorities to bring Mr Coke to justice to face charges pending against him in the United States," Rebecca Park, a spokeswoman for the US embassy, said today.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding ordered Coke's arrest on May 24 after months of hesitation following a US indictment on charges that the "Shower Posse" is supplying much of the cocaine on the streets of eastern US cities.

Police and troops raided Coke's stronghold of Tivoli Gardens last month, killing 73 civilians in the ramshackle neighbourhood where many viewed him as a Robin Hood figure providing small-time jobs and security.

He was finally picked up Tuesday by police who saw past a disguise that reportedly included shaving his beard and donning a wig.

If extradited and convicted, Coke faces life in a US prison and millions of dollars in fines.


First Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:55

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