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Ja Gov't appoints committee t consider report of Commission of Inquiry

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck Justice Minister Delroy Chuck
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 13, CMC – The Jamaica government has appointed a Cabinet committee to consider the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the May 2010 security forces operation in West Kingston.

Former Barbados chief justice Sir David Simmons chaired the three-member Commission that probed the circumstances that led to the incursion that left more than 70 people dead.

The committee, which is chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, will report to the Cabinet periodically on the proposed approach to be taken in the implementation of the 15 recommendations that are contained in the Commissioners’ report.

The other members of the committee include Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Culture, Gender and Sports Olivia Grange, Minister of National Security Robert Montague and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte.

In a statement, Chuck said that the committee would be bearing in mind the objectives of the recommendations that were outlined in the report of the commission namely, restoring and promoting trust and confidence in the State; compensating victims for property damage, wrongful death and injuries; controlling the use of force of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force and dismantling garrisons and mitigating the conditions that give rise to them.

“The Committee is currently looking at structures and the management of the implementation process because while some of the recommendations are short term, such as the apology that is to be made to the residents of West Kingston, some recommendations will require extensive administrative changes and legislative interventions that will be implemented over a medium to long term period.

It is important that we begin the process of healing and restorative justice to those persons who were adversely affected by the events”, Chuck said.

The 2010 Kingston incursion followed the mission by members of the Jamaica Defence Force and the police to arrest Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drug and gun trafficking charges.

The incursion, which began on May 23, ended with the deaths of 73 people and injury to 35 others. Four soldiers were also killed and more than 500 people arrested as the security forces battled gunmen loyal to Coke, who was eventually captured one month later.

Coke has since been extradited to the United States and sentenced to 23 years in jail.

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