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Tivoli Enquiry commissioners contractually bound to produce report - Justice Minister

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:38 PM
Mark Golding - File

Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding says steps have been taken to ensure that a report is provided at the end of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The opposition has been calling for the commission to be abandoned following news that it will cost the government more than $300 million.

Persons have also raised issue with the failure of the government to pay over additional sums to the commissioners of the Finsac Commission of Enquiry which has failed to produce a report years after it concluded hearings.

Speaking with The Gleaner Power 106 News Centre a short while ago, the Justice Minister said the commissioners of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry are contractually bound to produce a report at the end of the proceedings.

Senator Golding was unable to say whether the commissioners of the Finsac Enquiry are bound by the same contractual obligations.

However, he says if a breach of contract occurred it is possible the Finsac Commissioners could be sued in an attempt to compel them to provide the overdue report.

The Justice Minister also notes that changes were made to the Commissions of Enquiry Act.

He says the amendments addressed some of the shortcomings in the Finsac Enquiry as well as the previous West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.


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