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Why not try 'Dudus' in Jamaica?

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

The Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition saga that has erupted in Jamaica is creating so much noise and sucking so much of the oxygen from the country, that no one can either hear or breathe with ease.

Based on what I have read about the reason given by the prime minister for not granting the extradition (information was illegally obtained by the US) I think that because an extradition treaty is political and creates an obligation (not legal) there are rules that both parties should abide by. And if those rules are breached by either side, it's the responsibility of both parties to make compromises.

However, no aspect of the Jamaican Constitution or its laws can be breached to accommodate any treaty obligation because that would be an illegal act. So how does the Government resolve this issue?

Extradition order

First, the person or persons who divulge the information to the US in violation of the law should be prosecuted, and if living in the US, an extradition order should be prepared and handed to the State Department requesting the extradition of such person or persons.

Second, if the offence committed by Mr Coke is a crime in Jamaica (which under any extradition Treaty should be) then he should be tried for those crimes in the Jamaican courts and have a representative from the US Justice Department as observer to the trial.

I am, etc.,


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania