Sunday, June 27, 2010
Christopher Dudus Coke in prison - 23 hours of solitary confinement
Accused drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in a maximum-security prison in New York.
Solitary confinement is a punishment or special form of imprisonment in which a prisoner is denied contact with any other persons, excluding members of the prison staff. It is considered by some as a form of psychological torture.
Coke has been under tight security since Tuesday of last week when he was apprehended on the Mandela Highway, near the border of St Andrew and St Catherine.
But the security measures around Coke tightened even more when he was placed in the hands of the Americans last Thursday.
An hour of exercise
According to word out of New York, Dudus is kept alone in his cell for 23 hours each day, only taken out for an hour of exercise.
"No one from outside the prison system is allowed to speak to him at this time," disclosed an attorney who is watching the developments closely.
The court had appointed attorney-at-law Russel Newfeld from the Public Defender's Office to represent Coke when he appeared in court last Friday, but noted American defence lawyer Frank Doddato later told reporters that he expected to represent Coke and would vigorously fight the charges.