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Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 11:11 PMLivern Barrett

A SENIOR government official has conceded that the nearly $100 million paid out to residents of west Kingston who were displaced during the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens was not compensation.Instead, Permanent Secretary in...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 11:56 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Four months after the May 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston, the government paid out just under $100 million to persons who were impacted, Permanent Secretary in the Social Security Ministry, Collette Roberts Risden, has testified....

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has signalled that it has evidence challenging the testimony of a senior military official that he saw a pile-up of decomposing bodies inside May Pen Cemetery in west Kingston one day after the start of the...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 5:16 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Attorneys for the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) today challenged the testimony of a high-ranking Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer that he saw a pile of about 20 decomposing bodies inside the May Pen Cemetery one day after the start of the...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 12:51 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Lieutenant Colonel David Cummings, says an "elaborate and fully functional" surveillance system and a tunnel, were discovered in the Tivoli Gardens stronghold of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke during the May 2010 operations...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 12:44 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has heard evidence which suggests that the police cannot find documents related to the 2009 extradition request for drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.  The missing documents were found inside...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 6:17 PMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking member of the Jamaican military has testified that one day into the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens, his unit stumbled upon a pile-up of decomposing bodies inside the May Pen Cemetery, located in west Kingston.Lieutenant Colonel...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 12:38 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) this morning recounted how two blasts, minutes apart, caused the 27-ton front-end loader he was operating during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens to tilt to one side and the front wheels to...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 11:09 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Concerns about the fresh witness statements submitted to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has triggered a warning from chairman of the three-member panel Sir David Simmons that there could be legal and criminal consequences. Simmons, however...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A high-ranking member of the Jamaican military has revealed that the army deployed two 50-calibre rifles during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens but could not recall if they were actually fired.While acknowledging that he knew where the...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 4:34 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior member of the Jamaican military today revealed that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) deployed two 50 calibre rifles during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens. The...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 3:29 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writers, Gleaner Writer

A senior member of the Jamaican military today surmised that the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens would have been "very messy" if women and children were used by gunmen as human shield....

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Fresh witness statements collected on the weekend and submitted to the west Kingston commission of enquiry yesterday have raised concerns that the three-member panel is being "manipulated in a manner that is dangerous".The statements came from...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 4:20 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the west Kingston commission of enquiry Sir David Simmons has ruled that no new witness statements will be accepted after today. The ruling came after attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) raised concerns about a statement taken...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 12:21 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Lloyd D’Aguilar-led Tivoli Committee still has standing at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry. Last week the group, was given until today to provide witness statements to the committee or lose its standing at the commission. The...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 11:53 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that there was intelligence at the time which suggested that there were criminals armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens....

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett

A former high-ranking member of the Jamaican military has admitted that members of the security forces might have roughed up residents of the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations.The admission by retired...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:26 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer who served as one of the army's ground commanders during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has revealed that he was extremely surprised when he heard of the number of persons who died in the...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer who commanded more than 500 military and police personnel during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens has indicated that he was out of the loop on a number of issues related to the operations....

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:57 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired army officer has revealed that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) used "explosives" to clear a roadblock leading into Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations. However, retired Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Sewell, who was in...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:27 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) colonel has given evidence before the west Kingston commission of enquiry that appears to contradict aspects of the testimony given by Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose. Lieutenant Colonel Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Following the army's admission that more than three dozen mortar rounds were fired in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 police-military operations, the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has signalled that the commission probing the conduct of the...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 3:39 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Jamaica Defence Force chief, Major General Stewart Saunders, has described  the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens as successful. That description came as Saunders testified during cross-examination before the...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 10:49 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders has testified that he has no idea who may have tipped off drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke about a pending extradition request from United States...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 9:35 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The former head of the Jamaica Defence Force Major General Stewart Saunders has revealed that drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured based on intelligence provided by the military. Coke was captured in June 2010 along the...

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