Williams dismisses allegations INDECOM breached law
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has rejected allegations that it breached the law by sharing evidence in its possession with the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
The alleged breach of the INDECOM Act relates to witness statements of three Jamaica Defence Force soldiers who said they saw police personnel kill unarmed civilians during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens.
One soldier gave evidence before the commission today based on these statements, which were allegedly given to INDECOM as part of a criminal investigation.
Attorneys watching say this action by the oversight body is in breach of section 28 of the INDECOM Act.
That section states that INDECOM’s officers should regard as secret and confidential all documents, information and other disclosures given to them except for use in court, or if it does not breach national security.
But INDECOM boss Terrence Williams has dismissed the accusations.
Williams says there have been instances where the oversight body has received confidential information which it has not disclosed.
He says persons who are making claims that the body has breached the INDECOM Act, do not understand the relevant section.