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West Kingston probe: Security officials to answer to adverse findings

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 4:12 AM

The three-member tribunal probing the conduct of the May 2010 operations in west Kingston has signalled that it intends to make adverse findings against a number of senior police and military witnesses who gave evidence.

Deborah Martin, the attorney representing members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force revealed yesterday that the commission has already served notices on four police personnel inviting them to respond to proposed adverse findings against them.

However, she declined to disclose their names.

In addition, Martin said other police personnel have been alerted that they too will be served with notices shortly.

She says the legal team is now in the process of preparing responses.

The Jamaica Defence Force did not confirm reports that several members of the JDF have also been served with notices.

The move by the Simmons commission to give police and military witnesses the opportunity to respond to proposed adverse findings against them is in keeping with amendments made to the Commissions of Enquiry Act shortly before it was appointed in February 2014.

Maria Jones, the secretary to the west Kingston commission of enquiry, has revealed that the tribunal has already completed a draft report setting out its proposed findings and recommendations.

The commission is probing the conduct of the operations, which was aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.