Local media early this morning noted that Jamaica’s Most Wanted Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is wanted in the U.S. on guns and drug related charges released a statement via his lawyer George Soutar. The letter comes, immediately on the heels of the alleged strongman of the West Kingston are of which Tivoli Garden falls decision to waived his right to an extradition trial in Jamaica earlier today.
The letter written by Coke, who left the island earlier this afternoon at 2:05pm, can be found below.
I have, today, instructed my Attorneys that I intend to waive my right to an extradition hearing in Jamaica and to proceed directly to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Laws and treaty between Jamaica and the United States of America.
I have taken this decision of my own free will and have done so even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the Courts of Jamaica.
I take this decision for I now believe it to be in the interest of my family, the community of Western Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli Gardens and above all Jamaica.
Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens.
Above all I am deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives which could have been avoided, be it of members of the Security Forces and over eighty (80) residents of Tivoli or any other innocent Jamaicans that has occurred during this time.
I leave Jamaica and my family in particular Patsy with a heavy heart but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them.
Pray for me and God bless Jamaica.
– Christopher Coke
The Reverend Al Miller has been arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive.
Miller was questioned extensively today and yesterday at the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), after he turned in himself Wednesday.
The police had asked Miller to turn himself in on Tuesday, hours after Coke was taken away from his car during a dragnet along Mandela Highway.
A police statement released shortly after Coke’s arrest described Miller as “a major person of interest in a matter currently being investigated”.
Miller explained that he was taking Coke to the United States Embassy in Liguanea, St Andrew, where the accused drug kingpin wanted to turn himself in.
Coke was indicted on drug and gun charges in the United States last year.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington hinted on Tuesday that Miller could be in hot water for trying to circumvent local authorities.
Ellington said his office was also investigating why Miller was not detained at the scene.
[Post update via Gleaner/Power 106 News]
FORMER Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was flown out of the country at 2:05 this afternoon.
Coke left Up Park Camp at 1:33 pm in a Jamaica Defence Force helicopter which then transferred him to an aircraft at the Norman Manley International Airport.
Coke is on his way to the United States where he faces drug and gun-running charges.
Earlier today he waived his right to an extradition trial in Jamaica.
Coke had been on the run since May 24. He was captured in the company of the Reverend Al Miller on Tuesday. Miller said he was accompanying Coke to the US Embassy in Liguanea, where the fugitive wanted to turn himself in to US authorities.
[Post updated via Jamaica Observer]
CHRISTOPHER ‘Dudus’ Coke has waived his rights to an extradition trial in Jamaica.
Authorities intend to take Coke to the United States by 3:00 pm today.
Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in a wig he was said to be wearing at the time he was captured by the police.
He was also served with a Restraint Order, which means that the State has frozen all his assets.
The extradition hearing which took 15 minutes, held at the Mobile Reserve along Camp Road in Kingston earlier this morning.
He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, Clarks shoes and grey jeans pants, gold chain and white undershirt.
Nodding to reporters as he entered the courtroom about 9:55 am, Coke was escorted in without cuffs, accompanied by three policemen.
When he was heading to sign the consent form, he again looked up at reporters. The look on his face suggested he was now resigned to his fate, which his lawyer George Soutar confirmed to the Observer.
Soft-spoken, Coke said he understood that he will be facing trial in New York and confirmed that he wanted to waive his rights.
The signing of consent order took about five minutes.
His lawyers were Tom Tavares Finson and George Soutar.
After the hearing Coke was taken to a place called Red Fence on the Jamaica Defence Force Up Park Camp Headquarters where he will be held pending his extradition.
US representatives were also present in court. The only other persons allowed were press and local law enforcement officials
Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser presided.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Prime Minister Bruce Golding is set to depart Jamaica for Canada later today, to attend the G8 summit in Muskoka.
Deputy PM Kenneth Baugh will take over from Golding during his absence until the PM returns on Saturday.
The summit is being held to address international development and millennium development goals, as well as international peace and security issues with attention made to transnational crime such as drug trafficking.
Prime Minister Golding’s trip follows the recent arrest of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is wanted in the United States to face gun and drug trafficking charges.
According to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Acting Permanent Secretary of the OPM Onika Miller and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Evadne Coye will accompany the PM on his trip.
Source: Gleaner/Power 106 News