THE Jamaican government is coming under growing pressure from the
United States government, the country's official opposition and others
for its refusal to act on an extradition request from the US for a
Jamaican accused of drug and gun trafficking.
In the 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released
by the US State Department Monday, the Jamaican Government came in for
unusually severe criticism from the Americans over its delay in dealing
with the request relating to Christopher "Dudus" Coke, an alleged
benefactor of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party based in Prime Minister
Bruce Golding's West Kingston constituency.
The report, which named Jamaica, along with 19 other countries,
including The Bahamas, as a "major illicit drug-producing and/or
drug-transit" country, said the Government of Jamaica's (GOJ's)
"unusual handling of the August request for the extradition of a
high-profile Jamaican crime lord with reported ties to the ruling
JLP...on alleged drug and firearms trafficking charges marked a
dramatic change in GOJ's previous cooperation on extradition" and
"calls into question" Kingston's commitment to cooperation with the
U.S. on law enforcement issues in general.