Tivoli Enquiry: Bishop Testifies Dudus Coke Was Unarmed When They Met

 

Bishop Herro Blair has testified that drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was unarmed when they met at his Tivoli Gardens office in May 2010.

When asked how he knew that, the popular elicited laughter at the west Kingston commission of enquiry when he replied: “because of the way I greeted him”.

“You patted (searched) him?” asked chairman of the commission Sir David Simmons.

Blair replied laughing, while demonstrating to the commission how he ran both hands down the drug kingpin’s back.

l said to him ‘can I give you a hug?’

Blair testified that on his way to meet with Coke that day he passed more than 50 men openly carrying handguns.

Jamaican Druglord ‘Dudus’ Coke Refuses To Attend Tivoli Enquiry 

  

Via Jamaica Observer– Efforts by Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry to have former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke testify in the Tivoli Enquiry have hit a brick wall.

Queen’s Counsel Lord Gifford told the enquiry on Monday that the public defender made an attempt, through Coke’s attorney in the United States, to have him return to the island and give evidence but Coke said that he wasn’t interested in participating. 

Former Public Defender Earl Witter had recommended in his interim report that the enquiry hear from Coke.

Coke in serving a 20-year sentence in the US after being extradited in June 2010 to face drugs and gunrunning charges. 

He pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

The enquiry is looking into the deaths of 73 people resulting from the police-military operation to apprehend Coke in May 2010.

Diary Of Dudus Coke Gang Leader Read In Court: “This Is A Wasted Life”

  
The Tivoli Commission of Enquiry yesterday heard compelling testimony of how a notorious gangster who, amid his confessed acts of criminality, appeared remorseful about his criminal lifestyle and who was missing the affection of his family.

The testimony by Superintendent Beau Rigabie was based on the contents of a diary he said was penned by slain Stone Crusher gang leader ‘Doggie’ – given name Cedric Murray – who was killed in a shoot-out with the police in Clarendon on August 12, 2010.

Reverence For Coke

Several entries in the diary show the reverence Murray had for drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and the Coke clan and how he boasted about being among heavily armed thugs who waged fierce gun battles with members of the security forces during the May 2010 police-military operation in Tivoli Gardens.

In one entry dated May 24, 2010 – the day the operation was launched – Murray described how “gunshot rang out from every corner of west Kingston” and suggested that Coke and his cronies might have underestimated the firepower of the security forces.

All hell broke loose, more than we expected. I fired my AK [47 rifle] until my finger numb. I eat gun powder until my throat sore,” Rigabie said as he read one of the gangster’s boasts.

“It was a raging gun battle, a day I won’t forget and such tragedy for Jamaica. They came in and slaughter all those people to catch one man and still didn’t,” he continued.

“I escaped … one of the last from where I was … under crazy gunfire, but God, grace [and] mercy brought me out untouched and my don is free. I will always say ‘Jim Brown’ [Coke’s late father Lester Lloyd Coke] … I am loyal to the Coke family and my guns will always be ready,” Murray also wrote.

Despite this, the reputed gang leader showed his softer side in an entry he made in June 2010. Murray wrote that his heart was in pain because he was about to “lose his baby”, a reference to his female companion.

“This is just too much, she lives in constant fear. Every sound frightens her so the time has come for me to, once again, to feel the pain of being heartbroken,” he wrote.

Murray also wrote of his daughter’s fourth birthday when she reported waking up to a curfew. “I called her and she said ‘daddy soldiers’ and she was afraid. My life is filled with ups and downs,” he noted.

He also indicated that the dismantling of Coke’s west Kingston stronghold forced him “back in the streets” and that he was “very unhappy and lonely”.

Murray recounted one instance when a false alarm caused him to flee his place of hiding.

“So many of those, this is a wasted life. I don’t even have a roof over my head, I’m all over [the place]. I miss my kids,” he wrote.

Source | Jamaica Gleaner 

4000 Rounds Of Ammunition Found At The Office Of Dudus Coke 

  
As the Tovoli Enquiry resumed today, a soldier today testified that his team found 4000 rounds of ammunitions in a car in front the Presidential Click headquarters of Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Major Marlon Kennedy said the rounds were the largest found in the operation and appeared to be a resupply point for gunmen opposing the security forces, which had a warrant for Coke’s arrest in May 2010.

The rounds – those of AK 47, M16 and 9mm – were kept in bottles, bags, and a wash pan in the vehicle.

Kennedy also testified that one of the men from his company had been shot in the hand during the operation and is now restricted to administrative duties at the Jamaica Defence Force headquarters in Kingston.

Source | Jamaica Gleaner 

Tivoli Enquiry Chairman Tours The West Kingston ‘Rasta City’ Neighborhood Raided By Police During Christopher Coke Manhunt

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Signs marking territory within Tivoli Gardens community once ruled by The Shower Posse/ Christopher Dudus Coke. Photo: Christopher Edmonds

The chairman of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry, Sir David Simmons made his first stop of the tour in Rasta City, an area of the Tivoli Gardens community.

Local residents there openly complained that police officers conducting the tour were not taking the chairman to the right areas of the community.

They told Simmons that Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke left the community about 10:00 am on May 24, 2010 and then the police entered the community, firing shots at residents without justification.

The chairman was then taken through a hole in a wall where residents showed him areas where alleged police abuse took place and homes were severely damaged during the incursion.