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West Kingston operation 'victims' still making submissions, but claims deadline long gone

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 2:56 PM
Harrison Henry says those claims submitted after the deadline have not been considered by the Compensation Committee.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry is raising concern that although the deadline has long passed for the submission of claims in relation to persons whose rights were violated by the security forces in Tivoli Gardens, west Kingston in 2010, persons are still visiting her office.

However, Harrison Henry says her office has accepted the report of the Tivoli Compensation Committee and deems the process for compensation complete.

The Public Defender says there has to be a cut off point and the country has to move on.

 

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry

Harrison Henry says those claims submitted after the deadline have not been considered by the Compensation Committee.

The compensation committee, headed by retired president of the Court of Appeal Justice Seymour Panton, had awarded some $134 million to the estates of persons killed during the operation, and another $70 million for property damage and economic losses.

The deadline for the submission of claims was extended to December 5, 2017.

The Ministry of Justice said the government had set aside some $200 million to compensate victims of the operation.

The Justice Ministry said victims would be required to submit claims within the stipulated deadline and would need to bring along a valid identification, taxpayer registration number and a valid bank account to claim funds.

The Public Defender highlighted that the present compensation package is in addition to the over $100,000 that was paid to victims by the government in the immediate aftermath of the security forces operation.