Former Prime Minister and former Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Edward Seaga, is expressing relief at the decision of the Supreme Court to award nearly 50 million dollars in damages to a Tivoli Gardens resident, Latoya Brown, who lost her sight after she was shot by a member of the security forces almost 14 years ago.
Ms. Brown was injured during the police-military operation in Western Kingston in 2001.
She was 19-years old at the time.
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Evon Brown, ruled a few days ago that the State should pay Ms. Brown 45-million dollars plus interest.
She was also awarded 2-million dollars for the cost of future care.
Mr. Seaga had lobbied the Office of the Public Defender and a private attorney to seek compensation for Ms Brown.
This afternoon, he gave his reaction:
Edward Seaga, Former Prime Minister and former Member of Parliament for West Kingston, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide’s Abka Fitz-Henley.
Latoya Brown was shot during a lull in nearly three days of fierce gunfight between thugs and members of the security forces.
At the end of the shooting, 27 civilians were killed.
A Commission of Enquiry later exonerated members of the security forces of wrongdoing during the operations.