Tivoli Compensation Committee to be named in weeks - Chuck
The government has announced that "in a few weeks" it will set up a committee to determine adequate compensation for residents of Tivoli Gardens who suffered losses during the 2010 operation aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
The compensation committee was a recommendation made by the recently concluded West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, which examined the circumstances under which almost 70 people were killed.
Speaking today on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106 FM, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said the committee will be chaired by a retired judge as was recommended by the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has suggested that the government direct the compensation committee to complete its work within nine months.
Yesterday, The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre News that some $150 million was paid to lawyers who represented government entities such as the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Office of the Public Defender in the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
Some Tivoli residents have described the sums as unfair, adding that they have received no form of compensation since the 2010 police-military operation in their community.
However, legal sources say the lawyers claim of roughly $30,000 per hour are reasonable.