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West Kgn enquiry terms of reference

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
In this June 24, 2010 file photo, DEA agents bring Jamaican gang leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke from Westchester County Airport to a waiting vehicle in White Plains, New York. Coke, who pleaded guilty to United States charges of drug and gun trafficking, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Friday, June 8, 2012 in federal court in Manhattan.

Below is a section of the terms of reference for the commission of enquiry into the west Kingston incursion, which occurred in May 2010.

1. To enquire into:

(a) The situation in Western Kingston and related areas in May 2010 prior to the attempt to execute a provisional warrant in extradition proceedings relating to Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, and the reasons and circumstances surrounding the declaration of a state of emergency in that month;

(b) Whether, and if so, under what circumstances, state officials and law enforcement officers came under gunfire attacks during May 2010 in incidents connected to the attempts by law enforcement officers of Jamaica to arrest Christopher 'Dudus' Coke;

(c) The circumstances under which, and by whom, several police stations and other state property (including police or military vehicles) were attacked and damaged or destroyed by firebombs, gunfire or other means during or around the period of the State of Emergency declared in May 2010;

(d) The conduct of operations by the security forces of Jamaica in Tivoli Gardens and related areas during the said State of Emergency in the month of May 2010;

(e) The allegations that persons were especially armed to repel any law enforcement effort to capture the fugitive, Coke and, if so, by whom;

(f) What were the circumstances under which, and by whom, embattlements and barriers were set up in Tivoli Gardens, and whether efforts were made, and by whom, to restrict ingress and egress of law enforcement officers or to prevent the arrest of Coke;

(g) What arrangements were made, and what precautions were taken, to protect citizens in Tivoli Gardens and other affected areas from unnecessary injury or property damage during the law enforcement action in the State of Emergency, and the adequacy and appropriateness of those arrangements and precautions in the prevailing circumstances;

(h) Whether, and if so, under what circumstances, civilians, police officers and soldiers of the Jamaica Defence Force were shot and killed or injured during May 2010 in connection with the security forces seeking to effect the arrest of Coke on a provisional warrant in extradition proceedings;

(i) The circumstances under which, and by whom, private property was damaged or destroyed during or around the period of the state of emergency declared in May 2010.

Please see full terms of reference on www.jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/westkingstonTOR.