Jamaica Cabinet says panel should probe 2010 raid

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 10:30 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Cabinet says a commission of inquiry should be held into a deadly 2010 raid by security forces during a state of emergency.

In a Monday statement, the Cabinet says it will consider framing terms of reference for a possible fact-finding panel.

The announcement comes a few days after Public Defender Earl Witter delivered to Parliament an interim report into the offensive by military and police that he says killed 76 civilians and one soldier in the Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens.

The slum was the powerbase for fugitive gang boss Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was wanted in the U.S.

Witter says his office is looking into complaints that 44 of the 76 civilian deaths could have been unjustifiable homicides.

Jamaica's Cabinet says Witter's report raises "issues of national importance."

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