AUDIO: Mortars Were Used – Major General Saunders

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Former Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Stewart Saunders has admitted to the use of mortars in the May, 2010 operation to capture Coke.

He’s testified that the decision to use mortars was entirely his.

He says part of the reason for the use of mortars was the need to keep women and children inside their homes as members of the security forces tried to clear barriers.

He says this was decided given the history of operations in Tivoli where women and children were used as human shields.

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He says the sounds of the mortar shells would have been new to residents of Tivoli and this would have caused them to stay indoors as they tried to figure out what it was.

Major General Saunders also testified that the mortars were fired under controlled conditions.

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