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Tivoli Enquiry: Commission chairman tells witnesses to expect cross examination

Published:Thursday | December 4, 2014 | 12:03 PM
Sir David Simmons

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, Sir David Simmons, has said that witnesses should not expect to testify at the hearing without facing cross-examination.




His comments follow concerns by the acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu that some lawyers were shouting at witness during the hearings.



"It is not that witnesses can come here and say any old thing and that is the end of the matter," Simmons said.



"The accuracy, truthfulness and the reliability of that has to be tested by cross-examination in pursuit of the rights of those against whom the allegations are being made," he emphasized.



Linton Gordon, one of the attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), agreed, arguing that it would be a disservice to residents testifying before the commission to lead them to believe that they would come, make allegations and go home without those allegations being tested.



"Persons who are making truthful statements will always be confident and comfortable answering under any type of cross-examination," he said.



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