Jamaican Minister: I Didn't Know about Coke Lobby

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The top justice official in Jamaica has testified that she was kept out of the loop when officials hired a law firm to contest the extradition of alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke to the United States.

n this photo taken Thursday, May 20, 2010, a demonstrator displays a cardboard with a message in support of Christopher "Dudus" Coke during a march in Kingston. Jamaican Police have an arrest warrant for "Dudus", who allegedly leads one of Jamaica's drug gangs and is sought by U.S. authorities on drug and arms trafficking charges but residents of West Kingston neighborhoods have set up barricades to prevent the police for entering the slums to execute the order. (AP Photo/The Jamaica Gleaner, Ian Allen)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The top justice official in Jamaica has testified that she was kept out of the loop when officials hired a
law firm to contest the extradition of alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke to the United States.

An opposition lawyer heckled Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne on Tuesday as she maintained that she was unaware a Los Angeles-based firm was authorized to fight the extradition of the alleged crime boss, who had ties to the ruling
Jamaica Labor Party.

Lightbourne says she was "kept in the dark."

A hunt for Coke led to four days of fighting in May that killed 73 civilians and three security officers inside slums of the capital, Kingston.

He was captured June 22 and extradited to New York days later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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