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Tivoli Enquiry: Some witnesses to be recalled as hearing ends

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 9:14 AM

Persons against whom the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry may make adverse findings are expected to be recalled as proceedings draw to a close. 

This is the last week of public hearings for the enquiry, which started in December 2014. 

Chairman of the three-member commission, Sir David Simmons disclosed last week that the Commission will take submissions from the lawyers representing witnesses who will be asked to reappear. 

More than 50 witnesses including former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, ex-Cabinet members, senior police and military officials and numerous Tivoli Gardens residents have appeared before the commission.  

Sir David has reminded participants in the enquiry that the commission will have two months after Friday to submit its report to the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. 

Under the terms of reference, the enquiry should have been completed within three months and a report with recommendations submitted two months later to the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen. 

However, early into the proceedings, Sir David asserted that the enquiry would go beyond the stipulated time. 

The commission of enquiry was established to look into the May 2010 police-military operation in Tivoli Gardens to execute an arrest warrant for gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The operation left more than 70 people dead.

The enquiry is costing more than $300 million.