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JLP explains decision to stay out of Tivoli Enquiry
2013-06-24 17:36:44 | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
JLP general secretary Horace Chang - File
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says its decision not to participate in a commission of enquiry into the May 2010 Tiovli Operation is not an attempt at a cover up.
In a May report on the incident which the took place under the Bruce Golding-led JLP administration, Public Defender Earl Witter recommended a public enquiry with a call for Golding, other past Cabinet ministers and senior security personnel to give an account of their oversight of the events.
Witter also said his office is investigating whether 44 of the 76 killings were done under extrajudicial circumstances.
JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the party will not become involved in the commission of enquiry.
He also confirmed that the JLP did not make submissions on the draft 14-point terms of reference.
He says the enquiry is a waste of time and the proposed terms of reference are designed by the People’s National Party administration to vilify the people of West Kingston and create political mileage for the Government.
According to Chang, several arms of the state including the police are capable of investigating issues mentioned in the terms of reference.
Chang argues that commissions of enquiry in recent times have failed to bring about resolutions into the matters for which they were established.
He also says it is unlikely that proposed amendments to the Commission of Enquiry Act will change the JLP’s position.
Last Friday was the deadline for members of the public to make submissions on the draft proposed terms of reference.
The Government has not said when an Enquiry will commence.
The May 2010 joint police/military operation was aimed at capturing confessed drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
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