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West Kingston Enquiry: 'Explosive' testimony to come

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is next week expected to hear what law enforcement sources are describing as explosive testimony about the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens.

This after fresh evidence uncovered recently was turned over to the three-member panel probing the conduct of the operations that left more than 70 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force dead.

Yesterday Chairman of the Commission Sir David Simmons acknowledged that documents have been turned over to the panel and warned that a very important aspect of the enquiry is about to unfold.

He said after a preliminary examination of the documents the commissioners ordered that the authors be summoned to give oral evidence.

Simmons says this will be done next Monday and Tuesday when the schedule will be rearranged to accommodate the three witnesses.

He says their statements have been circulated to attorneys involved in the hearings and warned that they be treated with the strictest confidence.