West Kingston enquiry on track for December 1 start
The Commission of Enquiry into the 2010 police-military incursion in Tivoli Gardens is on track to start on December 1, despite what appears to be a lack of interest from residents of the west Kingston community.
Senior Legal Advisor to the Commission, Garth McBean, gave that assurance during an interview with The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre this morning.
McBean says as far as he is aware the budget is already in place, but he says what happens on December 1 will depend on the number of persons who come forward.
He says the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force have already indicated that they are ready to furnish the Commission with all the required documents.
However, he says no one from Tivoli Gardens has come forward to provide a witness statement.
The Commission has been asked to conclude the enquiry within three months and make a full report and recommendations within two months of the end of the enquiry.
An interim report by the Office of the Public Defender revealed that 76 civilians and 1 soldier was killed in the May 2010 operations to capture then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
At the time Coke was wanted on an extradition warrant issued by the United States.
He is now serving a 23-year sentence on racketeering charges.
Legal assistance for west Kingston residents
Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Council has announced that it has engaged private attorneys to provide legal representation to west Kingston residents who want to give evidence before the Commission of Enquiry.
The move appears to be an attempt to encourage them to come forward and give evidence about the May 2010 police-military incursion into Tivoli Gardens.
Persons who wish to testify before the Commission are required to submit a written statement to its Secretariat located at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston.
In a statement this morning, the Justice Ministry said the private attorneys engaged by the Legal Aid Clinic will assist in collecting those statements from potential witnesses and submit them to the Secretariat.
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