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D'Aguilar won't be re-admitted

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons yesterday 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 on the 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".

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com