Wow, looks like the Jamaican Stand-off may finally be moving again. apparently after the death of Vivian Blake; Prime Minister Bruce Golding may be having a change of heart.
Have guts! – Unmask accusers or refuse extradition requests, some lawyers say
Local legal eagles believe Jamaica should be bold enough to deny an extradition request from its powerful northern neighbour, the United States of America, when the accusers are not named. Veteran attorney-at-law Barry Frankson, who was called to the Bar more than 30 years.. (click the title to read the entire piece)
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KINGSTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Bruce Golding has asked Jamaica’s courts to rule on a U.S. request for the extradition of an alleged leader of the Caribbean island’s notorious Shower Posse drug gang.
The government is resisting U.S. demands that it hand over Christopher “Dudus” Coke, citing what Golding has described as unauthorized wiretaps and other problems with evidence against him.
The Shower Posse has been blamed for hundreds of killings in the United States, and Coke is wanted on U.S. arms and drug trafficking charges.
The premier told a call-in radio program on Wednesday night that he had asked Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne to send the eight-month-old request before a judge for a decision.
“I have instructed the justice minister to make an application to the court to seek a declaration to determine whether or not there was a breach of the law or the (extradition) treaty,” Golding said.
Coke is a member of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party and holds considerable sway over Golding’s volatile constituency in the inner-city district of West Kingston.
In its annual narcotics control strategy report issued last month, the U.S. State Department criticized Jamaica’s handling of the Coke matter and said pervasive public corruption was a major barrier to improving the country’s counter-narcotics efforts.
“Jamaica’s delay in processing the U.S. extradition request for a major suspected drug and firearms trafficker with reported ties to the ruling party highlights the potential depth of corruption in the government,” the report said.
Vivian Blake, founder of the Shower Posse, died of natural causes in a Jamaican hospital last month, about a year after returning from a prison term in the United States.
Coke is believed to be the new head of the gang, named for its alleged practice of cutting down rivals in a hail of gunfire in the cocaine wars of the 1980s.
(Reporting by Horace Helps; Editing by Tom Brown and Xavier Briand)
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