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Tivoli residents affected in incursion have until December 5 to file loss-and-damage claims

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 11:00 AMJason Cross
Retired Justice Seymour Panton (left), chairman of the West Kingston Compensation Committee, Carlene Larmond and the Reverend Rennard White arrive for a press briefing to discuss compensation for the events of May 2010. It was held at the Ministry of Justice in St Andrew last Tuesday.

West Kingston residents, including those from Tivoli Gardens, who were seriously impacted during the May 2010 joint police-military operation are being encouraged to submit claims by December 5 at 4 p.m.

Conditions that claims can be filed under for compensation are cases in which there was loss of or damage to property (home or business) and personal injuries and death caused as a result of the events of the operation.

The West Kingston Commission Incursion Compensation Committee, which met for the first time on Tuesday, comprises chairman, Retired Justice Seymour Panton and ministers of religion Herro Blair Jr and Rennard White.

Litigation attorney Carlene Larmond will be the committee's legal adviser.

The committee will review all claims to determine the appropriate amounts to be paid out by the Government of Jamaica to affected families. The committee was set up to determine the value and credibility of claims brought against the Government by impacted persons, coming out of the incursion in May 2010 when the security forces entered Tivoli Gardens in search of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who was wanted in the United States on gun and drug running charges.

All claims must be submitted to the secretariat of the West Kingston Commission Incursion Compensation Committee at 61 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10, and must be submitted through attorneys-at-law representing affected persons.

It is recommended that persons who do not have the services of an attorney but wish to make a claim, visit the Office of the Public Defender, where arrangements will be made for them to attain legal representation.