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Jamaica: Judge, prosecutors spar over DPP powers in Coke case

Three members of the Coke clan are among seven persons who could hear today whether murder and gang-related charges hanging over their heads will be conditionally discontinued.

Prosecutors announced in court on Wednesday that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has taken a decision to discontinue criminal proceedings against Andrew Coke, Lanchester Coke, Michael Coke, David Biggs, Delmarco Cephas, Wayne Page, and Iesha Jones through a conditional nolle prosequi.

The Cokes are relatives of convicted drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is in a United States prison.

“The Crown is experiencing difficulties locating witnesses,” one prosecutor said, explaining Llewellyn’s decision.

A conditional nolle prosequi means that although the case is discontinued, it can be put back before the courts if the witnesses are located, or if a decision is taken to rely on witness statements.

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