The United States Embassy has responded to arguments raised during the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry concerning its involvement with government officials.
During the enquiry, which began on January 17 and lasted for 44 days, Prime Minister Bruce Golding accused US Embassy officials of harassment.
The Embassy issued its response in a release Tuesday morning, June 28.
Responding to questions during the televised enquiry, Mr. Golding accused US Embassy officials of harassing government officers including Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Mr. Golding said the US Embassy was expressing its displeasure at the length of time it was taking the government to sign off on the extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
But in its belated response, the US Embassy said it disagrees with comments which characterized U.S. Mission personnel as “aggressive,” “belligerent,” or “harassing”, in its communications with members of the Government of Jamaica.
The Embassy said it takes exception to this characterization, and affirms that its communications with all members of the Government of Jamaica were professional and courteous throughout the extradition process.
At the height of the Coke extradition, there was tension between both administrations as the Jamaican government insisted that the US request for Mr. Coke’s extradition contravened his human rights.
Mr. Coke was arrested last June having evaded an incursion into his Tivoli Gardens stronghold in search of him.
The incursion resulted in the deaths of more than 70 persons, with some estimates indicating the death toll was higher.
Mr. Coke later waived his right to fight his extradition and has been in the custody of the US government for over a year.