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  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, today (June 15) tabled the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report in the House of Representatives,
  • Minister Chuck informed that a subcommittee of Cabinet is to review the report.
  • The three-member Commission, chaired by retired Chief Justice of Barbados Sir David Simmons, was convened to look into the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in West Kingston.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, today (June 15) tabled the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report in the House of Representatives, which recommended, among other things, apology to the residents, counselling for traumatised persons, and compensation for victims.

The Justice Minister informed that 51 wide-ranging recommendations were made in the report for consideration by the Government.

The 900-page document also suggested a waiver of the limitation period to allow the victims to pursue legal action.

It also recommended an administrative review of the security systems; use of weapons systems to be properly documented; improvement of the legal and administrative accountability for the use of force; measures to enhance accountability in joint operations; tackling and dismantling the garrison phenomena; amending the Extradition Act; and review and reform of the criminal justice system, which is already under way.

Minister Chuck informed that a subcommittee of Cabinet is to review the report.

The document was presented to Cabinet on Monday (June 13) where approval was given for its tabling in Parliament.

The Commission of Enquiry commenced its hearings on October 6, 2014 and held public hearings for a total of 90 days, with the final sitting taking place in April 2016.

Mr. Chuck informed that $384.546 million was expended at the conclusion of the Enquiry.

The three-member Commission, chaired by retired Chief Justice of Barbados Sir David Simmons, was convened to look into the conduct of the May 2010 police-military operations in West Kingston.

Retired High Court Judge Hazel Harris and University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor, Anthony Harriott, were the other members.