dudas_coke_web.jpgKINGSTON – A prominent lawyer was picked to head an inquiry commission that will look into the government's handling of a U.S. extradition request for alleged drug baron Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding told lawmakers Tuesday that attorney Emil George will lead the three-member commission to examine the hiring of a U.S. lobbying firm to contest Washington's extradition request for Coke and other details.

Golding said the panel must deliver a report and any recommendations to the Caribbean island's governor-general by Feb. 28.

Golding's handling of the Coke case, in particular his authorization of the hiring of the U.S. firm, provoked an outcry that threatened his political career.