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Tivoli anxious for ‘Dudus’ news

By KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 2:04 PM    

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A day before former don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is sentenced, residents in Tivoli Gardens have adopted a wait and see approach for the developments. Coke faces a maximum 23-year sentence under the plea bargain arrangement entered into between prosecutors and his defence team in the United States.

The sentence is to come almost three years after United States authorities requested his extradition on drug and gun running charges.

"We just have to wait; we don't want to say nothing until we hear," said a resident from the community.

Another man from the community says while he waits, the question on his mind is whether Coke will be spared the full wrath of the courts.

Coke was extradited to the US after eluding the Jamaican security forces for a month after escaping a dragnet in his former stronghold of Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston.

More than 70 people died in a gun battle when police and soldiers forced their way into a barricaded Tivoli Gardens to serve an arrest warrant on Coke, the revered community leader in the tough inner-city community. He was finally held in a police roadblock on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine and later waived his rights to an extradition hearing.

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