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Show us the money, West Kingston residents tell Public Defender
2013-09-16 07:54:24 | (0 Comments)
Public Defender Earl Witter faced backlash from scores of west Kingston residents following a meeting to update them on his efforts to get compensation for those who suffered losses during the 2010 police-military incursion into Tivoli Gardens.
The meeting, which was organised by Witter's office, was held yesterday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
Even before the end of the meeting some persons walked out openly expressing disappointment with what they heard.
Journalists were asked to leave the meeting, but several persons reported that the near two hour presentation by Witter lacked specifics.
They also said Witter promised that in two weeks his office will complete a claim on behalf of everyone who suffered losses during the incursion and that it will be sent to the Government seeking compensation.
The Public Defender declined to respond to questions from our news centre as he exited the conference centre.
In his interim report the Public Defender said his office had investigated 1 thousand 295 complaints from 688 complainants.
The report said the complaints include extra judicial killings, personal injury, malicious destruction of property, and looting.
According to the report, based on the complaints the state could be forced to pay out as much as 110 million dollars in compensation.
The west Kingston residents have long complained that their homes and personal belongings were damaged by members of the security forces during the incursion to capture then fugitive Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
The operation left some 73 persons dead.
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