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Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) mortar expert has conceded that use of the explosives during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens would have caused "a measure of shaking" to buildings in the community.Major Warrenton Dixon testified before the...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 2:12 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The use of mortars during the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens saved lives. That was the assertion made this morning by Major Warrenton Dixon, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer tasked with supervising the use of the...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer charged with supervising the use of mortars during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has dismissed claims by residents that the explosives caused damage to several buildings in their community.Major...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 1:27 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons is to rule shortly on whether the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) must produce the after-action report on the use of mortars during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. This...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:07 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer has revealed that only two mortar rounds were fired into Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations. This assertion by Major Warrenton Dixon came this morning as he sought to dismiss claims by residents of...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER POLITICAL Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair has suggested that future administrations must commit to disconnect government and party resources from area dons as a first step towards diminishing their power and influence.Blair's suggestion came...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 1:30 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Bishop Herro Blair has testified that drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was unarmed when they met at his Tivoli Gardens office in May 2010. When asked how he knew that, the popular elicited laughter at the west Kingston commission of...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A HIGH-RANKING member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has testified that police crime scene investigators were not dispatched to Tivoli Gardens until 11 days after the start of the May 2010 operation in the west Kingston community.Crime...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:21 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior police officer giving testimony at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today sought to explain errors in his witness statements. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Winchroy Budhoo yesterday admitted to making four errors in the...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

RIDICULOUS and absolutely insignificant. Those were just some of the words used by private-sector leaders and one government watchdog group to describe the maximum penalty of $1,000 and/or three months in prison for persons found guilty of breaching...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER PUBLIC Defender Earl Witter has asserted that the deaths of more than 70 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens would not have happened if the extradition request for drug...

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 2:39 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Public Defender Earl Witter has again described the May 2010 police-military operation in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens as a "siege". It came as Witter, who is testifying before the west Kingston commission of...

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

FORMER PUBLIC Defender Earl Witter yesterday recounted how news that 72 persons had been killed in the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens but only four illegal firearms seized was described by retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders and...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 11:59 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Public Defender Earl Witter this morning recounted how he was harassed by one of several police personnel he saw wearing ski masks in Tivoli Gardens, a day after the start of the May 2010 operations. Witter, who is now testifying before the...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 11:16 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Convener of the Tivoli Committee Lloyd D'Aguilar will not face criminal charges for discrepancies uncovered in witness statements submitted to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry. This after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's law-enforce-ment apparatus has received a strong vote of confidence from the top American diplomat on the island.At the same time, United States Ambassador Luis G. Moreno slammed a controversial local Muslim cleric for what he described as...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Government has ramped up security at the nation's borders, one week after the deadly terrorist attacks in France and two days after five Syrian nationals were detained in the Central American country of Honduras.As part of the increased security...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Less than a week after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in France, Mark Shields, the British counterterrorism expert, who served for several years as Jamaica's crime chief, is warning Jamaicans against thinking that a similar attack could not...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE FAMILIES of eight preterm babies who died during an infection outbreak at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) now want the health facility to write off the remainder of their bills, which run into millions of dollars.One parent...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking police officer has testified that 13 of the persons whose bodies were found in west Kingston following the May 2010 operation had criminal convictions.That assertion by Superintendent Gladys Brown Ellis came yesterday as the West...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 2:46 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A police Superintendent has testified that one of the bodies found in west Kingston during the May 2010 operation was that of a man who reportedly served as a sniper. Gladys Brown Ellis told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning that...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has dismissed suggestions that some of the illegal firearms recovered during the May 2010 operation had been planted by police personnel.Superintendent Michael Phipps told the West...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 3:52 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke elected to remain silent about his criminal lifestyle during a marathon interview with police investigators a day after he was captured in May 2010. Superintendent Michael Phipps, the veteran...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:42 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons this morning indicated that his tribunal has enough evidence to draw the inescapable inference that the armed thugs who confronted members of the security forces during the May...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Two policemen who helped collect a total of 25 bodies throughout west Kingston over the first two days of the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens yesterday testified that none of the deceased were taken from inside homes.The assertions by...

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