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Commissioners sworn in for western Kingston enquiry

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 8:00 AM

The pending Commission of Enquiry into the military incursion in western Kingston took another step towards reality yesterday when three commissioners were sworn in at The Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The commissioners are: retired chief justice and former attorney general of Barbados, Sir David Simmons; retired judge of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica, Hazel Harris; and director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, the University of the West Indies' Professor Anthony Harriott.

Based on its terms of reference, the commissioners have been charged with, among other things, enquiring into:

Whether the rights of any person or persons were violated in any of the affected or related communities by either law-enforcement officers or by anyone else and, if so, whose rights were violated, and the manner and extent of such violations, and by whom such violations were perpetrated;

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;

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.