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Commission chairman says hearings have been fair and sensitive

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, Sir David Simmons, says he believes the hearings are being conducted fairly and with sensitivity to the people who have suffered.




The comments came after Linton Gordon, one of the attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), told the commission that during a media interview, another attorney participating in the enquiry complained about the cross-examination.



Gordon did not name the other attorney.



However, he said during the interview, the lawyer complained that the "cross-examinations needed to be restrained by the commissioners."



"Apart from that being the act of a coward, the person is here amongst us he should be brave, forthright and professional enough to raise any issue with which he or she is uncomfortable," Gordon charged.



"Mr Chairman there is no need for the conduct we are seeing," he continued.



Simmons said he was not aware of the media interview, but was unperturbed.



"I am not, at all, fazed by it," the chairman  underscored.



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