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West Kingston residents request to address parliament rejected

Published:Monday | September 30, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart has turned down a request by residents of West Kingston and lobby group, Tivoli Committee, to address the Parliament.



They wanted to seek audience in the House to press their case for the government to agree to full compensation to those who continue to be affected by the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens Incursion.



They also wanted to put forward arguments for the government to have the International Criminal Court hear the matter and to have the terms of reference released for the impending Tivoli Commission of Enquiry.



In his rejection letter, the House Speaker said the government has already made payments to West Kingston residents.



Peart pointed out that recently the Labour and Security Minister reminded the parliament that following the 2010 operation a total of $100 million in emergency relief was paid to affected persons.



Peart also said the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction in the matter so there is no ground to include the body in the Tivoli enquiry.



The House Speaker further said the Justice Minister is awaiting the passage of amendments to the Commission of Enquiry Act after which he will take the Terms of Reference to the Cabinet for approval.



He said based on these reasons it would be premature to allow residents of West Kingston and the lobby group to make a presentation to the parliament as several issues are still outstanding.



However, representative of the Tivoli Committee Lloyd D’Aguilar says he is disappointed that their request has been turned down.



D’Aguilar is insisting that they be given right to be heard.



More than 70 persons were killed and dozens injured in the May 2010 incursion.



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