Seaga Relieved!

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.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.