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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: Army chief has no clue who tipped off Dudus

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:49 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Testifying today during cross-examination by attorney-at-law Michael Williams, who is representing the Tivoli Committee, Saunders said it was possible that Coke was tipped off, but declined to comment on who may have done that.

Former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders has testified that he has no idea who may have tipped off drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke about a pending extradition request from United States authorities.

Yesterday, Saunders told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that in August 2009, he visited then Prime Minister Bruce Golding at his official residence at Vale Royal and briefed him of the pending request for Coke's extradition.

However, he said nearly five minutes after he left Vale Royal, he got intelligence that Coke had hurriedly left his upper St Andrew home and headed to his Tivoli Gardens stronghold.

Testifying today during cross-examination by attorney-at-law Michael Williams, who is representing the Tivoli Committee, Saunders said it was possible that Coke was tipped off, but declined to comment on who may have done that.

"Did you trust the (then) Prime Minister?" Williams questioned.

"Yes, I had no problems with the Prime Minister," Saunders replied.