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Witter: Interim Tivoli report to highlight investigation woes

Published: Monday March 12, 2012 | 12:37 pm with audio | Comments 0
Security forces patrol Tivoli Gardens in May 2010, after an operation to serve an extradition warrant on Christopher \'Dudus’ Coke - File photo.
Security forces patrol Tivoli Gardens in May 2010, after an operation to serve an extradition warrant on Christopher 'Dudus’ Coke - File photo.
Public Defender Earl Witter  - File photo.
Public Defender Earl Witter - File photo.

The Public Defender Earl Witter says his impending interim report to the Parliament on the 2010 Tivoli Operation, will clearly outline the matters holding up his investigations into the deadly operation.

Seventy three people were reported killed in the operation and there are reports that soldiers destroyed the appliances and furniture of several people.

The operation was aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher Coke

Shortly after the operations, the Public Defender launched an investigation into that matter, as well as the shooting death of businessman Keith Clarke in East Kirkland Heights

However, little progress has been made in those investigations.

Among the reasons is the failure of the Government forensic lab to provide the ballistic reports of the soldiers involved in the incidents.

Speaking on RJR’s Hotline, the Public Defender said his interim report raises the need for a Commission of Enquiry, primarily because of concern about actual body count.

He said the interim report will call for the support of the Government to conclude his probe.

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Public Defender Earl Witter speaking on RJR’s Hotline.
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