PUBLIC Defender Earl Witter today made a public appeal for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke to turn himself in to the authorities.
Witter said he, along with Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair, was willing to help Coke if contacted.
Witter said that if Coke was willing to use his office to facilitate the process, he would also ensure that Coke was properly monitored so that no harm would come to him.
He made the appeal at a press conference at his office on Harbour Street in Kingston.
Coke has been on the run since police and the Jamaica Defence Force stormed his West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens in order to serve an arrest warrant earlier this week.
He is believed to have escaped before the security forces could reach him.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said despite other reports that Coke had left the country, the police believe Coke is still on the island.
The police have also issued an appeal to Coke to turn himself in.
Coke is wanted by the United States to answer guns and drug trafficking charges.
The search for him has resulted in the deaths of 73 civilians in West Kingston, one in upper St Andrew, and the death of one soldier.