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Mar 18, 2020

Each Family of Deceased B.D.F. Soldier to Get 100K in Ex-Gratia Payment

Audrey Matura

Attorney Audrey Matura also shared more information on the matter of compensation. She says that the Minister of National Security has made a commitment to pay each of the affected families an ex-gratia payment of one hundred thousand dollars. Matura explains how that will work.
Audrey Matura, Attorney

“We had been asking for the family to get an advance on the benefits that they are entitled to. We got a mixed commitment at some point, where people like the C.E.O. of the Ministry was saying yes that is not a problem; the General and those who are on the frontline and work in this kind of work and know the dangers were not opposed to it. But the Minister put his foot his foot down and said hello no; no, you all will not get an advance and go and get your letters and grants of administration and we will forward that for you. So, that is kinda bad news. On the brighter side, though, he announced that each of the family of the deceased will be getting, in addition to their benefits that they will be treated as if though were retired, in addition to that they will be given an ex-gratia payment of a hundred thousand dollars each. Now, how that really works, it usually goes to the children and the people who under law would be entitled. None of these gentlemen left a will and so it would be distributed under the rules of intestacy which is found in our administration of estates act. Now, that is on the bright side and doesn’t have anything to do with if they are sued and there’s compensation or anything. Because, remember the last time I told you that they kept saying don’t worry that they will be compensated and I am thinking are they using that word loosely because compensated means some kind of liability and you are paying them. He clearly heard our interview and then corrected and said no, this is an ex-gratia payment; it is like a good will payment. And we are thankful for that because we know that is not money that will come up immediately because we have to go through the process of filing to the court.”


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