Coke — his tracks and related trails

Wednesday, June 23, 2010    

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August 27, 2009: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ken Baugh confirms to the Observer that US Government wants to extradite Coke.

March 3: Prime Minister Bruce Golding defends delay of extradition request in Parliament.

April 14: Canadian newspaper lashes Prime Minister Bruce Golding over Coke extradition issue

April 15: Golding moves to take row between US and Jamaica to court.

April 19: Former national security minister Dudley Thompson says Dudus matter hurting Jamaica internationally.

May 3: Opposition calls for sacking of justice minister and attorney general Dorothy Lightbourne in handling of extradition matter.

May 5: Justice Roy Jones reserves judgement on an application brought by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and PSOJ President Joseph Matalon for them to be removed as defendants in a motion brought by Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne

May 11: Golding admits to sanctioning deal involving law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to lobby US government on the extradition issue of Coke.

May 16: Golding refuses to resign despite mounting calls by the Opposition and civil society.

May 17: Warrant issued for Coke's arrest

May 18: Golding, in a televised address, says sorry for his handling of the extradition matter.

May 19: Tivoli residents begin mounting barricades as sections of West Kingston, including the downtown business district, become tense.

May 19: The US State Department greeted as "an important first step" Prime Minister Bruce Golding's decision to authorise the attorney general to get the extradition process underway for Coke.

May 20: Hundreds march in support of Coke; some say they are willing to die for him.

May 23: Golding declares a state of emergency after criminals kill two policemen, burn two police stations and shoot up four others.

May 24: Security forces storm Tivoli Gardens in search of Coke; soldier killed.

May 26: Police confirm multiple deaths of civilians in Tivoli Gardens

May 27: Accountant Keith Clarke killed by security forces in controversial circumstances at his home in Kirkland Heights, during a search for Coke.

May 27: Journalists get first hand tour of Tivoli Gardens after violent clashes

May 28: Police begin asking reputed gang leaders and other persons of interest to turn themselves in, following a crime crackdown.

May 31: Bishop Herro Blair admits to meeting with Coke.

June 22: Coke held in police roadblock.





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