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Acting public defender to consider debriefing sessions for Tivoli Enquiry witnesses

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 10:15 AM
Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu at the Tivoli Gradens enquiry at the Jamaica Conference Center recently. - Jermaine Barnaby photo

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Office of the Public Defender, says it will consider whether to put mechanisms in place for civilian witnesses at the Tivoli Enquiry to be debriefed after giving their testimonies.

The enquiry enters its third day today and already there have been a mixture of feisty exchanges between witnesses and lawyers.

Witnesses have also been forced to give details about the injuries they sustained and the hours of gun battle between the security forces and gunmen.

Concerns have been expressed that witnesses need to be properly debriefed after relating the trauma associated with the May 2010 incident that left more than 70 people dead.

The Public Defender's office represents most of the civilian witnesses.

Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says the suggestion about having a debriefing session with witnesses is sound and his office will be discussing the proposition internally.

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