Commission a ‘waste of time’

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang
JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang

Declaring the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry a waste of time and claiming its terms of reference have been designed by the Government to vilify the people of West Kingston, the Jamaica Labour Party has indicated it has no intention of taking part.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang also stressed that the decision against participating in the probe into the May 2010 incursion in Tivoli Gardens was not an attempt at a cover up.

In a May report on the incident which 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 was investigating whether 44 of the 76 killings were done under extrajudicial circumstances.

Yesterday, Chang also confirmed that the JLP did not make submissions on the draft 14-point terms of reference.

According to him, several arms of the State, including the police, are capable of investigating the issues mentioned in the terms of reference.

Chang argued that commissions of enquiry have, in recent years, failed to bring about resolutions into the matters for which they were established.

He also said it was unlikely that proposed amendments to the Commission of Enquiry Act would 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 the proposed enquiry would commence.

The May 2010 joint police-military operation was aimed at capturing drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke. (Gleaner)

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