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West Kingston Compensation Committee given one month extension

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMJerome Reynolds
In this file photo residents of Tivoli Gardens sought to get the attention of the commissioners and lawyers of the Commission of Enquiry, who toured the community.

The West Kingston Commission Incursion Compensation Committee has been given a one-month extension.

The three-member panel was expected to complete its work by the end of this month or latest by October.

Information Minister Ruel Reid said the Justice Seymour Panton-chaired commission needs more time in light of the volume of work.

Reid also indicated that Cabinet approved a balance of approximately $23 million in payment to Panton and the two other commissioners.

The Tivoli Compensation Committee began its work last October.

Persons affected by the May 2010 police-military operation in West Kingston were given until December of that year to submit a claim.

The committee said claims should relate to loss and damage to business and property, personal injuries, and death as a result of the incursion.

The committee said it would review all claims, determine any amount to be awarded to the claimant and recommend payment by the Government.