A powerful drug trafficker who evaded capture with the help of Jamaican authorities has been jailed for 23 years. Thousands of loyal followers promised to protect Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and the operation to capture him led to clashes in which dozens of people died.
Coke pleaded guilty in a New York court to drug trafficking and assault charges. Despite insisting he was "a good person" Coke was handed the maximum possible sentence.
Prince Harry has warmly embraced the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller as he arrived at Devon Hall, in Jamaica as part of a tour where he is a representating Queen Elizabeth II. The Jamaican PM had previously said she wants to see an end to British sovereignty over the island.
Simpson Miller said Jamaica's people should take full charge of their destiny and replace the Queen with a home-grown head of state, severing ties with the British monarchy. However, she gave no timescale for any referendum.
Jamaica's prime minister has reiterated her plans to drop the Queen as head of state; on the eve of Prince Harry's Diamond Jubilee tour. Prince Harry is due to arrive on Monday for a four-day trip. Ms Simpson Miller is using the visit to bring forward a referendum on the issue. She said:
"I think the fact that August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence that it's time for us to sever the ties... I really feel it is time now for Jamaica to have its own leadership fully, to take charge."