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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: Gunmen promised $75,000 to protect Dudus - JDF

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 11:11 AMGary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Major Garth Anderson, an officer in the Jamaica Defence Force, has told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that‎ gunmen battling against the security forces in the May 2010 Tivoli operations were motivated by loyalty and the promised payment of $75,000 to protect Coke.

Anderson is the new witness in the early session of the Commission now on at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

He said he was a member of the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment (2JR) when the Western Kingston commenced In May 2010.

According to Anderson, the streets were blocked by huge debris, sand bags, and bags of rice, flour and sugar, likely from wholesales in the area. 

He said, intelligence received was that there were between 350 and 400 gunmen in contrast to the 120 soldiers under his command. 

Anderson also said intelligence revealed that the gunmen had fortified the area to prevent the execution of an arrest warrant on Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, whom he described as an acclaimed area don.

He also revealed that the intelligence indicated that the gunmen would be attired in army fatigue, blue denim worn by the police and civilian clothing.

According to Anderson, this prompted the JDF to use identifying ploys for its members.