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West Kingston Enquiry draft report completed

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 3:27 PM
The commission, which is chaired by retired Barbados Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, is probing the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A draft report containing the proposed findings and recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has been completed.

That’s the word from the Secretary to the three-member commission, Maria Jones.

The commission, which is chaired by retired Barbados Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, is probing the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens.

An interim report by the Office of the Public Defender found that 74 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force were killed during the operations, which were aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre yesterday, Jones said she and commission counsels Garth McBean and Symone Mayhew will meet with the three commissioners over the next two weeks to review and finalise the report.

Jones says the plan is to have the document completed and sent to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen by the middle of May.

The west Kingston commission wrapped up its public hearings last month after 90 days of testimony from 94 witnesses, including former government officials and high-ranking law enforcement officials.