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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: US surveillance planes were useless - JDF

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 10:12 PM

A senior Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer who commanded troops during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has indicated that he could not rely on the information coming from the surveillance aircraft provided by the United States.

Lieutenant Colonel Jaime O'Gilvie told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning that information from the aircraft and the way it was communicated to operatives on the ground created confusion.

As an example, O'Gilvie said personnel manning the surveillance aircraft would report seeing a group of men moving, but could not provide the name of the street.

"I determined very early that I could not rely on this information... it would create confusion for personnel on the ground, " he noted.

O'Gilvie said, instead the JDF relied on information provided by soldiers using helicopters.