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Tivoli Enquiry: Golding to face more questions today

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 9:18 AM
Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding gestures as he answers a question at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry yesterday. - Photo by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to face more questions from Deborah Martin, one of the attorneys representing the Jamaica Constabulary Force when he returns to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today.

Yesterday, Golding told the Commission that one day into the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens, then Public Defender Earl Witter reported to him that he saw dead bodies piled up at the morgue.

According to Golding, Witter, along with then Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair and the chairman of the Red Cross at the time Dr Joslyn Salmon, were part of a team he had asked to visit the community to carry out an assessment of the operations.

He recalled that on the evening of May 25, 2010 – one day after the operations began – the three men were “visibly disturbed” as they briefed him on what they had seen.

Golding testified that several days later Witter contacted him and raised “grave concerns” that a number of bodies had been moved to May Pen Cemetery, also in west Kingston, “with the intention of being buried without any autopsy being performed and without being identified.

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