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Tivoli Enquiry: Simmons finds D'Aguilar's reentry request strange after 'kangaroo court' comment

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 11:08 AM
Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons (left) and Tivoli Committee convenor Lloyd D'Aguilar. - File photos

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons this morning rejected an application by Lloyd D'Aguilar to again participate in the hearings.

However, the Commission has agreed to allow attorney-at-law Carol DaCosta to represent the Tivoli Committee, for which D'Aguilar is the convenor.

In rejecting the application, Simmons cited an article published in The Gleaner newspaper this weekend in which D'Aguilar referred to the enquiry as a "kangaroo court" and a "farce."

He said it now seems strange that D'Aguilar would want to participate in an enquiry he has publicly criticised.

Last week the Tivoli Committee convenor was ejected from the hearings being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre after he accused an attorney for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) of harassing a Tivoli Gardens resident during cross-examination.

When he was instructed to leave, D'Aguilar described Simmons as "an enemy of the people of Tivoli Gardens" and a political hack.

"This strikes at the heart of my statutory duty," Simmons underscored.

Before the ruling, DaCosta apologised for D'Aguilar's conduct and promised it would not happen again.

The application was, however, met with opposition from attorneys for the JDF, who argued that D'Aguilar had not "purged himself."


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