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Tivoli Enquiry: Chairman urges witnesses to be truthful

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 3:09 PM
Some of the attorneys at the Tivoli Gardens Enquiry at the Jamaica Conference Center today. - Photo by Jermaine Barnaby

Chairman of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry, Sir David Simmons says the objective of the exercise must be to ensure the events of May 2010 are not repeated.

He described the events as traumatic and says he understands that it might be unpalatable for some witnesses to relive them.

However, he said all witnesses must be committed to truth so that enough can be learnt to ensure that the residents of West Kingston can find a peaceful way forward.

Sir David has also promised thoroughness in the conduct of the inquiry.

Meanwhile, the Chairman says collection of witness statements is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, legal counsel to the secretariat of the commission, Garth McBean says the commissioners will not be able to hear the evidence in sequence as not all statements are available at present.

He says the secretariat is still collecting statements and that there had been a flood of late statements recently.

McBean also disclosed that the commissioners will first be hearing statements from residents of Tivoli Gardens.

The commissioners will sit each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with short breaks.

The Commission is open to the public, but the chairman says commissioners may sit in private from time to time as required.


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