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Lightbourne continues testimony today

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 10:18 AM
Dorothy Lightbourne - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Former Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne will continue giving testimony when the Tivoli commission of Enquiry resumes at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston this morning.

Yesterday she revealed that she was in the dark when her administration discussed the issue of compensation for residents of west Kingston whose properties were destroyed or damaged during the 2010 police-military operations in their community.

She said her opinion was not sought on the matter.


Former attorney general, Dorothy Lightbourne.

According to the former attorney general, this was not the way compensation normally handled by the Government at the time.

Among the commission’s terms of reference is to determine whether monies, benefits, or compensation were provided by the State to residents of west Kingston, including Tivoli Gardens, and if so, how much was paid, the manner and recording of such payment, and distribution and adequacy of such compensation.

The commission has already heard evidence that the State paid up to $15,000 each to west Kingston residents for damage to their property and to assist with funeral expenses.

Lightbourne, however, acknowledged that under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme, small sums of money were paid to persons whose homes had been damaged.