Dudus’ attorneys head to Supreme Court

The attorneys for Christopher “Dudus” Coke are today expected to challenge the legality of the operations of the security forces into west Kingston to arrest their client when they return to the Supreme Court.

An earlier motion filed by Coke challenging the extradition proceedings against him is set to resume later today.

The matter was first heard in chambers by Chief Justice Zaila McCalla on May 21.

Mr. Coke is seeking a stay of the warrant of arrest and is applying for leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to challenge the justice minister’s decision to sign the authority to go ahead with the extradition proceedings.

Coke, 41, is wanted in the United States to face charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and illegal trafficking of firearms.

When the application was first heard, the case was adjourned, as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn who is a defendant, was not served with the court documents.

The justice minister is the other defendant.

Chief Justice McCalla ordered Coke’s attorneys to serve the DPP with the necessary documents and that Ms Llewellyn be given time to respond.

At the time the chief justice also ruled that the status quo should remain, which meant that the arrest warrant was still in effect for Coke.

However, Don Foote, the lead attorney for Mr. Coke does not believe the security forces acted on the ruling of the chief justice when they entered Tivoli Gardens to arrest his client last week Monday.

In the meantime, Mr. Foote has declined to divulge the whereabouts of his client or to say whether his client will be taking the advice of Public Defender, Earl Witter to turn himself in.

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