Tivoli res­i­dents af­fected in in­cur­sion have un­til De­cem­ber 5 to file loss-and-dam­age claims

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer

WEST KINGSTON res­i­dents, in­clud­ing those from Tivoli Gar­dens, who were se­ri­ously im­pacted dur­ing the May 2010 joint po­lice-mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion are be­ing en­cour­aged to sub­mit claims by De­cem­ber 5 at 4 p.m.

Con­di­tions that claims can be filed un­der for com­pen­sa­tion are cases in which there was loss of or dam­age to prop­erty (home or busi­ness) and per­sonal in­juries and death caused as a re­sult of the events of the op­er­a­tion.

The West Kingston Com­mis­sion In­cur­sion Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee, which met for the first time on Tues­day, com­prises chair­man, Re­tired Jus­tice Sey­mour Pan­ton and min­is­ters of re­li­gion Herro Blair Jr and Ren­nard White.

Lit­i­ga­tion at­tor­ney Car­lene Lar­mond will be the com­mit­tee’s le­gal ad­viser.

The com­mit­tee will re­view all claims to de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate amounts to be paid out by the Govern­ment of Ja­maica to af­fected fam­i­lies. The com­mit­tee was set up to de­ter­mine the value and cred­i­bil­ity of claims brought against the Govern­ment by im­pacted per­sons, com­ing out of the in­cur­sion in May 2010 when the se­cu­rity forces en­tered Tivoli Gar­dens in search of Christo­pher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who was wanted in the United States on gun and drug run­ning charges.

All claims must be sub­mit­ted to the sec­re­tariat of the West Kingston Com­mis­sion In­cur­sion Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee at 61 Con­stant Spring Road, Kingston 10, and must be sub­mit­ted through at­tor­neys-at-law rep­re­sent­ing af­fected per­sons.

It is rec­om­mended that per­sons who do not have the ser­vices of an at­tor­ney but wish to make a claim, visit the Of­fice of the Pub­lic De­fender, where ar­range­ments will be made for them to at­tain le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Re­tired Jus­tice Sey­mour Pan­ton (left), chair­man of the West Kingston Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee, Car­lene Lar­mond and the Rev­erend Ren­nard White ar­rive for a press briefing to dis­cuss com­pen­sa­tion for the events of May 2010. It was held at the Min­istry of Jus­tice in St An­drew last Tues­day.

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