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Tivoli Enquiry: No Manatt-Dudus Enquiry repeat - Simmons

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 2:13 PM
Sir David Simmons - File

Livern Barrett, Gleaner

Writer KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons this morning insisted that it will not be a repeat of the Manatt-Dudus Commission of Enquiry.

The comments came as attorney-at-law Deborah Martin, who is representing the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) sought to question former Prime Minister Bruce Golding on an issue that was also raised during the Manatt Enquiry.

"Even though I allow some latitude I am not going to allow too much so that this enquiry becomes derailed into a re-hash of Manatt," Simmons underscored.

"I am not having that. Let it be clearly understood," he continued.

Martin was questioning Golding about the initiative the former Prime Minister admitted to sanctioning to retain the services of US-based firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to engage US authorities in discussion about the extradition request for then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

"I re-stated it at that (Manatt) commission it's an initiative that should not have been undertaken ... It's an initiative for which I have regret," Golding testified today in his second day on the witness stand at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The 2011 Manatt enquiry was set up to examine the Bruce Golding-led administration's handling of an extradition request for west Kingston enforcer Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

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