RJR News / Four years after more than 70 persons were killed in the West Kingston incursion the Commission of Enquiry into the incident is scheduled to commence today.
The three member Commission, chaired by former Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir David Simmons, is to investigate the circumstances under which persons were killed during the operation in May 2010.
The Commission will also investigate whether the rights of West Kingston residents were violated by members of the security forces in their pursuit of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. The Commission could recommend compensation if it is determined that their rights were violated.
RJR News has been informed that more than 30 witnesses, most of them West Kingston residents, are scheduled to give testimony. Members of the Police High Command and military are also expected to be called at the enquiry.
In the meantime, RJR News understands that lawyers for former Prime Minister Bruce Golding have been in contact with the Secretariat of the Commission. It is not known whether Mr. Golding will be called to testify. Sources say the Commission could also call former Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington.
The other members of the Commission are retired judge of the Court of Appeal Hazel Harris and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of the West Indies, Anthony Harriott.
Spokesperson for the Secretariat of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, Maria Jones, says today’s sitting will focus mainly on administrative matters.
Con Información de RJR News