$190m paid to victims of West Kingston incursion

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, informed the House of Representatives today that the Government has paid out $190 million to victims of the 2010 security forces operation in West Kingston .

According to Chuck, his ministry disbursed compensation to 418 persons affected by the May 2010 incident, amounting to $190.4 million.

He disclosed that the ministry paid out $55.84 million to victims directly affected by the security incursion and transferred $134.57 million to the Administrator General's Department to compensate the estates of deceased persons.

A sum of $200 million had been approved by Cabinet as compensation to the aggrieved persons during 2017/18. However, the ministry confirmed that several of the beneficiaries failed to meet the necessary conditions for payment.

The operations, which were undertaken to capture then fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke, resulted in the death of 73 civilians and a soldier, while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.

Financial compensation for persons wronged by the State was one of the recommendations of a Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed to investigate the operations.

The agreed figure was put forward by a Compensation Committee, which was established to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events.

Balford Henry

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