Amid its silence, there are growing calls for the government to respond to the controversial administrative report of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The report has absolved members of the JCF of any wrongdoing, dereliction of duty or misconduct in the May 2010 operation in West Kingston which left more than 70 people dead.
The Commissioners of the Enquiry, among other things, raised questions of extrajudicial killings, saying between 15 and 20 people could’ve been murdered by the police and soldiers who led the operation to capture Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
It’s been a week since the JCF released its report, clearing five of its senior officers of any failures despite the criticisms detailed in the Commission’s report. But the government is yet to respond.
Horace Levy is a director of human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice.
The JCF report has angered the Public Defender, INDECOM, human rights and civil society advocates who’ve called for it to be withdrawn.
Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry, says she’s still awaiting word from the Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, on her assessment of the report.
Mrs. Harrison Henry wrote the Attorney General on August 9 requesting her opinion. She’s reiterating that the JCF’s report can’t stand, saying it has ‘grave implications’.
Civil society advocate, Diana McCauley, says she’s disappointed the government hasn’t responded to the JCF administrative review report. She says the government has a history of ignoring critical reports.
Diana McCaulay is among a group of activists who’ve strongly criticized the George Quallo-led JCF.