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D'Aguilar barred from enquiry

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Lloyd D'Aguilar (forefront) convenor of theTivoli Comittee making a statement on behalf of the Tivoli Gradens residents at Monday's sitting. Beside him is Paul Ward.

Convenor of the Tivoli Committee, Lloyd D'Aguilar, who was thrown out of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry yesterday, has been barred for the duration of the enquiry. Police personnel said he will be denied entry if he turns up at the Jamaica Conference Centre, where the proceedings are taking place.

"Please get him out of here," commission Chairman Sir David Simmonds instructed police personnel present yesterday.

"You have declared yourself to be an enemy of the people of Tivoli Gardens!" D'Aguilar responded before he was escorted from the Jamaica Conference Centre. "You are a political hack!" he continued to protest.

The decision to evict the Tivoli Committee conveyor came after he interrupted the cross-examination of the second witness to appear before the commission.

Peter Champagnie, one of the attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force, was asking the witness, Granville Roy Johnson, a series of questions about the witness statements he had given.

"Where is my lawyer? Am I not supposed to have my lawyer present?" Johnson asked.

At this point, D'Aguilar interrupted and complained to Simmonds that Champagnie was "harassing" the witness.

Linton Gordon, another attorney for the JDF, then objected to D'Aguilar's interruption, triggering a verbal clash between them.