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JFJ wants statute of limitations for persons to bring claims against the state waived

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2016 | 5:23 AM
JFJ Chairman, Horace Levy, says the six-year limit will expire next week on the sixth anniversary of the joint police-military operation.

Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it hopes the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry into May 2010 Tivoli Gardens incursion will recommend that the statute of limitations for persons to bring a claim against the state be waived.

JFJ Chairman, Horace Levy, says the six-year limit will expire next week on the sixth anniversary of the joint police-military operation.

He says the recommendation for the extension was made by the Office of the Public Defender at the Commission, which is now preparing its report.

An interim report by the Public Defender on the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens incursion stated that more than 70 persons were killed in the operation, which was aimed at capturing then fugitive and west Kingston strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The report highlighted concerns about extrajudicial killings, abuses and damage to property among other things.

Levy argues that the people of Tivoli Gardens suffered greatly as a result of the operation and should be properly compensated for the loss of life and property.

 

JFJ Chairman, Horace Levy