Anx­ious wait

Ad­min­is­tra­tor gen­eral hope­ful for proper com­pen­sa­tion for chil­dren in Tivoli

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - ja­son.cross@glean­erjm.com

AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TOR GEN­ERAL Lona Brown is hope­ful that the chil­dren of per­sons who died dur­ing the 2010 joint po­licemil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in Tivoli Gar­dens, West Kingston, will be prop­erly com­pen­sated.

The op­er­a­tion was con­ducted in search of Christo­pher ‘Dudus’ Coke, then strong­man for the area.

On Tues­day, a Tivoli Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee was of­fi­cially set up at the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

The creation of the com­mit­tee came as a re­sult of a rec­om­men­da­tion made in the com­mis­sioner’s report fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the West Kingston Com­mis­sion of En­quiry.

“We hope to be given com­pen­sa­tion so that we can take care of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. We, in the mean­time, will be be­gin­ning to deal with these chil­dren to in­ves­ti­gate to see what is hap­pen­ing with them (and) if they are go­ing to school. There are no funds now in the es­tate, so we re­ally are anx­iously await­ing the de­ci­sion of the com­mit­tee with an award, hope­fully, so that the chil­dren can have some funds to take care of them dur­ing this pe­riod,” Brown told The Gleaner.

Brown also said that when these chil­dren be­come 18, the bal­ance of the funds in the es­tate will be handed over to them.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gen­eral’s De­part­ment takes care of the es­tates of per­sons who die with­out leav­ing wills, in par­tic­u­lar, those who have left be­hind mi­nor ben­e­fi­cia­ries and those who leave as­sets be­hind.

As­sets, in this case, can be from prop­erty, shares in a com­pany, money in the bank and in­sur­ance poli­cies.

Brown men­tioned that the Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gen­eral’s De­part­ment can now is­sue its own in­stru­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We have so far is­sued an in­stru­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tion. Now, the ad­min­is­tra­tor gen­eral can is­sue its own in­stru­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tion where mi­nors are in­volved, and we do not have to go to the court to make an ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant any longer. This is a new amend­ment to the Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gen­eral’s Act, which was ef­fected in June last year,” Brown said.

“We hope to be given com­pen­sa­tion so that we can take care of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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