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Amendments coming for Commission of Enquiry Act

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government says it will be pushing for amendments to the Commission of Enquiry Act to strengthen the role of commissioners before establishing an enquiry into the May 2010 Tivoli Operation.

Yesterday, the Government published of a draft document containing 14 terms of reference to guide an enquiry into the incident which also made reference to a 2013 amendment to the Commission of Enquiry Act.

While not disclosing all the proposed amendments, Justice Minister, Mark Golding said one of them involves a suggestion for an increase in the fines for failure to comply with an order to appear before the commissioners in line with recommendations from the 2010 West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

He says preparatory work is being done but no date has been set for a submission to the Cabinet.

Golding also said he is not in a position to say if the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry will be held this year though the matter is being treated as urgent.

Spokesperson for human rights lobby group Jamaicans For Justice, Susan Goffe says the amendment relating to compliance is in line with its recommendation. 

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