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Outstanding annual reports delay investigation of Public Defender’s office

Published:Friday | May 24, 2013 | 10:02 AM

The Parliament is reportedly awaiting the completion of the outstanding annual reports by the Office of the Public Defender before conducting an investigation into the organisational structure of the Office.



Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart says about three annual reports are outstanding.



It's still not clear when those reports will be submitted.



The Parliamentary Commission had given a commitment in January that there would be a thorough investigation of the Office’s organisational structures following the submission of an interim report on the May 2010 Tivoli Operation by members of the security forces.



The decision was taken after the Office headed by Earl Witter had failed to submit the report to Parliament.



The report has since been submitted with the major recommendation being for a Commission of Enquiry to probe the incident that left more than 70 people dead.



The Public Defender’s office has been criticised for the length of time it took to complete the report and its failure to meet several self-imposed deadlines.



However, Witter has hit back noting that the work of his office is significantly affected by resource constraints. 



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