The extradition hearing of drug kingpin Melvin Maycock Sr is set to open (again) on Thursday. The case has been delayed numerous times, presumably because Mr Maycock’s testimony in a United States court could implicate senior policemen and politicians in The Bahamas.
The latest hearing will take place before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.
It was way back in 2004, when US prosecutors first requested Maycock’s extradition. He is accused of heading the Caribbean arm of a multi-national drug gang.
US prosecutors also requested the extradition of 13 other men, including his son, Melvin Maycock Jr. Their extradition hearings have already commenced but are said to be “going nowhere.”
Maycock Sr was arrested in February 2008 and his case made headlines after he escaped from a holding cell at the Elizabeth Estates Police Station by switching places with his son.
Maycock Sr was recaptured on June 20 following a high-speed police chase in western New Providence.
The case is expected to drag on, or be dismissed, as Maycock allegedly has many police officers and court officials on his payroll.