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Enquiry: Rose says destroyed houses not an indication of operation's failure

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 2:41 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose testifying during cross-examination at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose says the destruction of houses in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 incursion is not an indication that the operations was an "abject failure".

Rose was testifying during cross-examination today as the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry continued at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

A statement provided to the commission by an official at the Ministry of Labour, revealed that 94 houses were totally destroyed during the operations aimed at capturing drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke.

The statement also indicated that 200 houses had substantial damage while another 1,505 had minor damage.

However, responding to questions from Carol DaCosta, attorney for the Tivoli Committee, Rose said to the extent that Coke was subsequently captured and the west Kingston community returned "to the centre of governance" he was of the view that the operations had met its objective.

The commission was established to probe the conduct of the operations, in which more than 70 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force were killed.