Body of suspected JCF death squad murder victim exhumed

(Jamaica Gleaner) The independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on Friday reported that it had exhumed the body of Seydane Wilson, one of several men who was shot and killed by cops who were allegedly members of a death squad operating in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Nelson, who was killed in January 2013, was exhumed from the Denbigh Cemetery in Clarendon. The purpose of the exhumation was to conduct a second post-mortem with a view to find more information on the circumstances of his death.

According to INDECOM, Nelson was one of eight persons who were reported to have been murdered by gunmen in the parish of Clarendon. However, investigations by INDECOM into the conduct of police officers in Area 2 concluded that his death was a security force-related fatality.

INDECOM said the exhumation took place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week under the supervision of international medical experts, ballistic experts and a pathologist employed by the Government of Jamaica. However, the statement to the press provided no details on the identities of the external personnel – where they were from and on whose behalf they observed the exhumation.

INDECOM also did not say if the exhumation took place over two days, as per the dates provided.

Repeated attempts to reach anyone from its public relations office proved futile and the commission’s head, Terrence Williams, also could not be reached.

The commission provided the media with a list of eight incidents, resulting in the deaths of nine civilians, which are being probed by the body.

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