Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart says he expects the long-awaited interim report on the alleged breaches by the security forces during the 2010 operation to capture then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to be submitted to Parliament by the end of the month.
Public Defender Earl Witter, who missed a number of deadlines in submitting his report to Parliament, blamed the delays on severe staff shortage in his office.
Peart told The Gleaner that he had dialogue with Witter two weeks ago on the so-called Tivoli report. He said the public defender highlighted some challenges which resulted in the long delays.
The Office of the Public Defender is a commission of Parliament and, therefore, is answerable to the legislature.
Peart noted that the public defender had assured him that the interim report would be sent to the House by the end of November.
On Monday, Witter told reporters during a press conference at his Harbour Street offices in downtown Kingston that a shortage of staff had contributed to the delay. He said he would give no more deadlines for completing the report.
Executive director of Jamaicans for Justice, Dr Carolyn Gomes, said the public defender should go to Parliament and demand the resources he needs to complete his report.
"It is nonsense that we are waiting this length of time and (it is) absolutely frustrating for not only the family of the people who died, the people whose property were damaged, the people who were injured and still requiring medical care, but for the people of Jamaica," she told The Gleaner.
In May 2010, the security forces led an operation into a barricaded Tivoli Gardens to serve an extradition warrant on Coke. During the operation, 73 civilians were killed.