November 18, 2010
‘DUDUS’ YET TO GET NEW DATE FOR COURT APPEARANCE
By Harold Bailey
NEW YORK, USA — Former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is yet to receive a new date to appear in court to answer to drug and gun charges.
Coke was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday but the court appearance was postponed at the last minute. However, officials at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York did not provide a reason for the postponement.
Coke, who remains in solitary confinement in a jail here, is facing charges on allegations of illegal drug dealings and gun-running.
He was extradited here after waiving his extradition rights to an hearing in a Jamaican court.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the question as to whether or not Jamaica's
interception law is admissible in a US court is likely to play an important part of Coke's defense.
Steve Zissou, a member of Coke's defence team, confirmed that the matter could form part of motions to be filed by the defence.
United States authorities have maintained that the evidence against Coke were obtained in accordance with Jamaican laws.