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Tivoli residents say heavily-armed police and soldiers entered community yesterday

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 9:19 PM
Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on patrol in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operation.

The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) says it has received complaints from residents of Tivoli Gardens that heavily-armed police and soldiers, some reportedly wearing masks, entered the community yesterday and searched a number of houses.

The OPD says the residents reported that they were questioned about the Dee Cee Avenue address and the burial sites of the two young men.

In a statement yesterday, Public Defender Arlene Harrison-Henry called the searches unlawful and noted that the reported actions of the security forces came a day after a soldier told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry he believed the men were killed by a group of policemen.

Harrison-Henry says representatives of her office visited the community yesterday afternoon and saw damage to one sepulchre and evidence of fresh masonry work to re-seal it.