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West Kingston Enquiry: Army had developed plan to quietly apprehend Dudus, says senior JDF officer

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer has revealed that nearly a year before the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens, the army developed a plan to quietly apprehend then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Lieutenant Colonel Jaime O'Gilvie told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry a short while ago that he was tasked with crafting the plan in August 2009.

O'Gilvie said the move came after the Jamaican Government received an extradition request for Coke from its United States counterpart.

He revealed that Coke was known to frequent a number of upper St Andrew communities and said the plan was to apprehend him at one of these locations.

"I formed a plan that would effectively assist the police to arrest Mr Coke at that location," he testified.

However, O'Gilvie said the plan was shelved after the then government refused to issue the authority to proceed with Coke's extradition.

"I was told that the authority to proceed had not been signed so the plan was stood down," he explained.

O'Gilvie said the army later got information that Coke had left another upper St Andrew community and went straight to Tivoli Gardens.