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Golding's statement to Tivoli enquiry still pending

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 9:35 AM
Bruce Golding - File

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is yet to receive a witness statement from former Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

Senior legal adviser to the commission Garth McBean has confirmed that up to late yesterday there were also no statements from former national security minister Dwight Nelson, retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and former Political Ombudsman Herro Blair.

However, he has confirmed that former army chief Major General Stewart Saunders has submitted his statement for some time now.

The men were given until today to submit witness statements about the 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens to capture then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The commission has already signalled that it is prepared to subpoena them to give evidence before the hearings if today’s deadline is not met.

Last month, Golding revealed that he was preparing his statement to send to the commission.

He made the disclosure in an email to The Gleaner as he sought to make it clear that he was not reluctant to appear before the enquiry.

The enquiry is set to resume on February 9.

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