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Tivoli Enquiry - Attorney warns colleagues not to embarrass witnesses

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 8:15 AM

An attorney is warning against victimising civilian witnesses, as the Tivoli Enquiry into the May 2010 police military operation enters its second day.

The warning from Miguel Lorne follows his intervention yesterday in the cross-examination of the first witness, Jermaine McLeod.

The commission's chairman, Sir David Simmons, had to intervene in attorney-at-law Linton Gordon’s cross-examination after he questioned the man on whether he paid his taxes.

Gordon, who represents the Jamaica Defence Force, was challenging the evidence given by the witness that he was the subject of abuse by soldiers.

However, Lorne, who is representing the Tivoli Committee, says civilian witnesses should not be made to feel embarrassed for appearing to relate their experiences in May 2010.

Today's hearing is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m.

Retired Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Hazel Harris, University of the West Indies Professor, Anthony Harriott and former Attorney General of Barbados Sir David Simmons are presiding over the proceedings.


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