West Kingston Enquiry: Simmons refuses to apologise to Vaz
Chairman of the west Kingston commission of enquiry Sir David Simmons this morning defiantly refused to offer an apology to former information minister Daryl Vaz.
"There is nothing to apologise for, his name was cleared. He should be grateful," Simmons said at the start of the commission's sitting this morning.
Yesterday Vaz demanded an apology from Simmons.
The demand was made after Simmons questioned Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake about reports passed to the police that drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and members of his family were seen at Vaz's private residence in Portland while members of the security forces were searching for him in his Tivoli Gardens stronghold.
Blake said the reports were checked out and found to be untrue.
But in a statement yesterday, Vaz questioned Simmons' decision to raise the question, arguing that it was done to smear his name.
However, addressing the issue this morning Simmons made it clear:
"I do not apologise to Mr Vaz."
"Any slur, smear or innuendo concerning Mr Vaz were exorcised by Mr Blake's evidence. So I found it ironic that I should be pilloried by Mr Vaz," Simmons underscored.
He said the issue was properly raised before the commission because it touched on one of the terms of reference the panel was asked to probe.