Former Public Defender, Earl Witter, has blamed the Bruce Golding administration for the devastation of Tivoli Gardens, by the May 2010 security forces operation to capture Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Mr. Witter today testified at the Enquiry that the Golding administration was guilty of improperly handling the Dudus extradition request.
Earl Witter says the death of scores of civilians inside Tivoli would have been avoided, if the Golding administration had been urgent in its handling of the extradition request.
Mr. Witter testified that he was concerned about what could happen to persons in Tivoli, if the security forces were to proceed inside the community to arrest Dudus.
As a result he made attempts to have Dudus surrender to the authorities.
Witter, a Queen’s Counsel, says the events inside Tivoli in 2010, must never be repeated.
Mr. Witter is urging all Jamaicans to subscribe to the words of the national motto.