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Possible December start for Tivoli enquiry

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Government says the commissioners for the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry are pushing for proceedings to start in December.




Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, disclosed the timeline in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning.



The enquiry’s three commissioners, are retired Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Hazel Harris, University of the West Indies Professor, Anthony Harriott and former Attorney General of Barbados Sir David Simmons.



Sir David will chair the enquiry.



Golding says an actual date in December has not been set because the commissioners and the counsel to the enquiry, are finishing up their preparatory work.



Meanwhile, the Justice Minister declined to disclose the budget for the enquiry.



The last two enquiries held in Jamaica have cost taxpayers almost $150 million, with one still requiring more money for a report to be completed.



Golding says the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.



Based on its Terms of Reference, the commissioners have been charged with, among other things, enquiring into whether the rights of persons were violated in the Tivoli incursion in May 2010.



More than 70 people died in the operation by security forces to capture, then gangster, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.



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