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West Kingston Commission rules to admit controversial security documents

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 11:24 AMGleaner Writer
David Simmons

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons has ruled that a number of documents related to the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens that are in the possession of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) can be made public.

As a result of Simmons' ruling, made during this morning's sitting of the commission, the JDF will be required to disclose a summary of the ammunition discharged by it's members during the operation, it's medical plan and authorisation for the use of weapons.

Meanwhile, the JCF will be required to disclose the medical plans it had in place for the operation and a set of public statements released to the media during the operations.

Simmons ruling comes after attorneys for the Office of the Public Defender sought disclosure of several documents in the possession of the security forces.

However, attorneys for the JDF and the JCF claimed public interest immunity for some of the documents, saying there were security concerns in releasing them.