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Tivoli Enquiry: Murder charges should be filed against Saunders, says Public Defender

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:40 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Office of the Public Defender says murder charges should be filed against retired Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders and the army's mortar expert, Major Warrenton Dixon.

The attorney representing the Office of the Public Defender, Lord Anthony Gifford has asserted that mortars were fired in the Java section of Tivoli Gardens during the 2010 operations.

Gifford made the assertion as he charged that the country may not have been told the whole truth about the use of mortars during the operation.

In his submission before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning Gifford argued that Dixon has not told us the whole story about the use of mortars.

He urged the commission to find that at least one mortar was fired into Java resulting in the death of Karl Henry.

 

Attorney-at-law Lord Anthony Gifford

A post-mortem report has indicated that a piece of metal fragment was found in Henry's body.

However, a United States expert and the pathologist who conducted the post-mortem have offered different opinions about what it was.

Retired Major General Saunders, in his testimony before the commission, acknowledged that he authorised the use of mortars in the operation and testified that a total of 37 were fired into three open spaces in the west Kingston community.