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West Kingston Enquiry: Simmons issues warning after 'sensitive' details leaked

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 9:23 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Sir David Simmons ... "Yesterday this room was like a sieve. I am very concerned and I find it very disconcerting that what was discussed in private purports to have been released to the public."

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons says he finds it very disconcerting that sensitive matters that were discussed during a lengthy private session yesterday "purports" to have been released to the public.

Simmons warned that for future in-camera hearings, additional measures will be put in place to minimise the probability of a leak.

"Yesterday this room was like a sieve. I am very concerned and I find it very disconcerting that what was discussed in private purports to have been released to the public," he said after holding up a copy of The Gleaner newspaper.

The former Barbados Chief Justice said the leaks raise question about whether there was any point in the three-member panel trying to comply with the section of the Commission of Enquiry Act which allows the commissioners to sit in private as the circumstances may require.

His comments were in reference to media reports over the past 24 hours that the commission is in possession of evidence from three Jamaica Defence Force soldiers that they saw police personnel kill unarmed civilians in Tivoli Gardens during the May 2010 operations aimed at capturing drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.