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JDF-INDECOM matter set for April

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 1:46 AM

The application by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) seeking to prevent the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) from searching its Up Park Camp headquarters is to be heard by the full court in April.

However, the matter is set for a first hearing in chambers on February 4, when a timetable will be worked out regarding how things will proceed.

Yesterday, the JDF rushed to the Supreme Court to make the application after INDECOM obtained a warrant to search Up Park Camp for mortars and information related to their use during the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens.

According to law enforcement sources, INDECOM is also in possession of a number of summonses for several members to appear before the body for interviews.

Sources say the court orders were obtained using information uncovered during the ongoing west Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The JDF says it’s seeking to have the warrant quashed as the information being sought by INDECOM has already been requested by the commission.

The JDF also says the request by INDECOM is not in keeping with national security imperatives and prejudices the public interest.

The JDF had initially rebuffed claims by several residents of Tivoli Gardens that they heard "bombs" during the May 2010 operations to capture drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

However, testifying before the Sir David Simmons-chaired tribunal, former JDF Chief of Defence Staff Major Stewart Saunders acknowledged that he ordered the use of mortars and that a total of 37 were fired in three open spaces in the west Kingston community.