KINGSTON, Jamaica – A local intelligence official is warning that the nation is being plunged into a diplomatic nightmare, which is likely to have dire implications for the safety of the public and the economy of the country, with the apparent failure of Jamaican authorities to act on an extradition order for west Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
“Each signatory of the extradition treaty is paying close attention to the issue, and is making a report to their homeland,” he claimed. “The matter could be managed better … . It is not looking good at the moment.”
The official referred to special treatment, which should have been exercised to ensure that public safety is maintained.
“There is no reason why the arrest cannot be made as soon as the order is signed … . He (Coke) should have been arrested in secrecy, after which the details of the extradition could have been released to the public.”
Jamaica is no stranger to extradition orders from the United States since the two countries signed the treaty in 1991
Former national security minister, Dr Peter Phillips, is one of two such ministers in the life of the People’s National Party government that stretched between February 1989 and September 2007.
The other was K.D. Knight.
“As far as I know, there is nothing specific in terms of a response time (to a request for extradition),” former national security minister Dr Peter Phillips told The Gleaner.
“It is expected that the response to the request must be done within a reasonable time.”
Phillips said the national security ministry would be responsible for dealing with apprehension of the suspects through the security forces, if that became necessary.
“In the case of sensitive persons, special arrangements are put in place in the event that special arrangements have to be put in place,” Phillips disclosed.
“Usually, the government requesting the extradition order alerts the receiving government that a request is on its way.”
Phillips said this was intended to ensure that all could be put in place to prevent public disorder, among other things.