OVERSEAS media continued to target Prime Minister Bruce Golding with coverage of the extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in the Miami Herald and the United Kingdom’s Sunday Telegraph last weekend.
The headline of the story carried in Saturday’s edition of the Miami Herald ran, “Jamaican leader caught in the middle of a drug war: An alleged Jamaican drug lord who faces charges in the US is causing a political controversy in two nations.”
While the report in the Sunday Telegraph was headlined, “Jamaican PM accused of blocking ‘drug lord’ trial”.
The Miami Herald article said Coke was considered one of the most dangerous narcotics kingpins in the world by the US Department of Justice, and was being kept “safe and clean” in Tivoli Gardens, in West Kingston, due to his association with the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
Meanwhile, the article in the Telegraph said that Golding’s refusal to hand over Coke had not only caused problems for him as prime minister, but had also caused a diplomatic rift with America, which had been trying since last August to extradite Coke to New York.
The newspaper also reported that “Both of Jamaica’s main political parties (JLP and the People’s National Party) have for decades been accused of courting the support of criminal gangs because of their usefulness in getting people to vote during elections.”