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Tivoli Enquiry: Nelson comments on how 'Dudus' escaped Tivoli Gardens during operation

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Former national security minister Dwight Nelson says he does not believe the security forces know, for a fact, how then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke escaped his Tivoli Gardens stronghold during the 2010 police-military operations to arrest him.

Nelson made the assertion this morning as he gave evidence before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

However, he said there were several theories about how Coke managed to elude law enforcement authorities.

One of those theories, he said, was that Coke never left Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations.

Other theories, the former national security minister said, is that the convicted drug kingpin left his west Kingston base disguised as a female and that he left through tunnels.

"There were several theories," he insisted in response to questions from commission chairman Sir David Simmons.

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