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Jamaican authorities could face censure over drugs firefight

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Jamaican authorities could face censure over drugs firefight


Questions are being asked about the role played by the jamaican police in the bloody crackdown on a drugs gang in the capital, Kingston.

Almost 50 people have died in the gun battles – many of them young suspected gang members, killed when police stormed the city’s Tivoli Gardens slum.

“The police report that 26 persons are confirmed dead, but it is likely that the number is higher. It is not yet possible to determine the precise circumstances in which these persons were killed. More detailed investigations, including eye witness statements, will be required, and the most thorough investigation will be carred out.”, Jamaican Prime Minister, Bruce Golding told parliament.

The police are searching for 41-year-old Christopher Coke, known as Dudus, who says he is a legitimate businessman. But the US says he is one of the world’s biggest drugs barons, and wants him to face trial on drugs and gun running charges.

For those loyal to Dudus, and there are many in Kingston, he is a Robin-Hood style character.

The authorities could face condemnation if its found excessive force was used in teh crackdown on his slum stronghold.

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