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Tivoli Enquiry: D'Aguilar sets off Commission Chairman

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 12:08 PM
Lloyd D’Aguilar - File
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Chairman of the Commission of Enquiry into the incursion into Tivoli Gardens Sir David Simmonds lost his patience shortly after the start of the long-awaited event this morning threatening to kick Convener of the Tivoli Committee Lloyd D’Aguilar out of the room.



There were early signs that the Commission of Enquiry would be testy when D’Aguilar identified himself without the presence of his attorneys and proceeded to speak, but was stopped in his tracks.



In the ensuing exchange, D’Aguilar accused Simmonds as well as another lawyer who sought to guide the process, of attempting to marginalise him, when they suggested that his lawyers needed to have been present.



The exchange had hardly subsided when D’Aguilar made reference to the quality of Terms of Reference of the Commission of Enquiry.



Simmonds who had earlier warned that he would not tolerate unbecoming conduct, lost his patience.



Meanwhile, one of the lawyers representing the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Debra Martin served notice that she was apprehensive that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) will use evidence provided to the Commission of Enquiry against the police.



Terrence Williams, the head of INDECOM said he would utilize information garnered by the commission to advance his investigations.



In response Martin questioned whether immunity from prosecution would be granted to police personnel who appear before the commission.



Williams rebutted that the enquiry was not intended to shield persons from prosecution and that witnesses would be protected from self incrimination.



Meanwhile, Chairman Sir David said he would ensure that the enquiry is not abused for ulterior motives.



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