Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, said today’s (June 24) extradition hearing for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was an expeditious and smooth process.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, fields questions from the press from her vehicle, following a Resident Magistrate hearing held this morning (June 24) at the Mobile Reserve, Harman Barracks, where Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke waived his rights for an extradition hearing in Jamaica.
The hearing was held before Resident Magistrate, Georgianna Fraser, at the Mobile Reserve headquarters at Harman Barracks on South Camp Road in St Andrew.
“It was a very professional organisation by law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities and you heard counsel for the defence conveying the congratulations of the particular person, who was before the court for the professionalism of law enforcement,” she told reporters outside the secured facility, following the hearing.
The DPP said that “so often, a lot of persons are cynical because of unfortunate events that may occur as law enforcement and the prosecutorial authorities do their duty, but I believe that this is a very good and positive moment for Jamaica to show that due process is alive and well.”
Miss Llewellyn also took the opportunity to commend the security forces for a job well done.
Mr. Coke waived his rights for an extradition trial in Jamaica and was extradited to the United States (US) early this afternoon.
The Tivoli Gardens resident, who is wanted by the American authorities on alleged drug and gun running charges, signed documents before the Resident Magistrate, surrendering his right to trial in Jamaica and to proceed directly to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Laws and Treaty between Jamaica and the US.
In a statement issued by his attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson and George Soutar, Coke said he had taken this decision on his own free will and has done so even despite his belief that his case would have been successfully argued in the courts of Jamaica.
The statement read: “I take this decision for I now believe it to be in the best interest of my family, the community of West Kingston and in particular, the people of Tivoli Gardens and above all Jamaica.”
Mr. Coke was held at a security facility called ‘Red Fence’ at the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Up Park Camp headquarters, before he was extradited.
Following an intense search by members of the security forces, Coke was captured on Tuesday (June 22) by the police along the Mandela Highway in St. Catherine.