‘Dudus’ matter in court today

The motion filed by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne, seeking declarations arising from her decision not to sign the authority to proceed with extradition proceedings for west Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, is to be heard today.

Supreme Court judge Roy Jones is hearing the application in chambers.

The Gleaner learned yesterday that a representative from the United States Department of State is likely to attend court to view or seek permission to intervene in the proceedings.

Lightbourne is seeking declarations as to the powers of the minister of justice under the Extradition Act.

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller, Joseph M. Matalon, president of the Private Sector of Jamaica (PSOJ), and Coke are named as defendants.

Simpson Miller and the PSOJ are seeking to be removed as defendants.

Coke is wanted by the US government to face charges of illegal drugs and firearm trafficking.

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