JIS News

The Commission of Enquiry into the handling of the extradition request for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and the subsequent engagement of United States law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is scheduled to get underway this morning (Jan.17).

The enquiry will be held over 45 days at the Jamaica Conference Centre downtown Kingston. Hearings will be held Mondays to Thursdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The enquiry will probe the events, which led to Coke's extradition to the United States on June 24 to face drugs and gun charges.

Attorneys-at-law Hugh Small and Sherry-Ann McGregor will represent Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding at the hearings, while attorneys K.D. Knight and Patrick Anderson, instructed by Opposition Spokesman on Justice, A.J. Nicholson, will represent the Opposition.

The Prime Minister, in October, announced the establishment of the commission, to be chaired by Attorney Emil George. Retired Permanent Secretary, Anthony Irons and Attorney Donald Scharschmidt, are the other commissioners.

Members of the public were invited to submit signed statements to the Secretary of the Commission.