Enquiry coming for Coke/Manatt Commission

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The Government has announced that a Commission of Enquiry is to be established to investigate the extradition request for former West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke and the controversial engagement of the United States-based law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding made the announcement in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon.

This comes five months after a bloody incursion in West Kingston which preceded the capture of Coke.

"The Government has decided to establish a Commission of Enquiry to enquiry into the issues relating to the request by the US Government for the extradition of Christopher Coke, the manner in which the request was dealt with and the engagement by Harold Brady and Company of US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

The composition of the Commission and the more precise terms of reference will be announced shortly," Golding said in a terse statement in the House of Representatives.

Dr. Peter Phillips, senior People's National Party Parliamentarian then asked if the Opposition would be involved in determining the terms of reference for the proposed Commission of Enquiry arriving from previous political talks at Vale Royal.

"In the particular circumstances that have attached to this particular issue, it may well be to the benfit of the country if there was to be some sharing of views," Dr. Phillips said.

Golding responded that he would be engaging Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller on the matter.