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No word yet from government on possible legal action against Hylton

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Up to late last night, there was no word from the Government following the announcement by the Opposition that it intends to take legal action if attorney-at-law, Velma Hylton, is not removed as a Commissioner for the Tivoli Enquiry.



Last night, calls to the cell phones of Justice Minister Mark Golding and Attorney General Patrick Atkinson went unanswered.



Hylton has been named on a three-member panel to probe the May 2010 security operation in West Kingston that resulted in the deaths of more than 70 people.



The Attorney General has told Parliament that the Government will keep Miss Hylton.



However, the Opposition, backed by several civil society groups, has been insisting that Hylton be removed because of controversial comments she made during another West Kingston enquiry into the operations of the security forces in 2002.



Hylton is reported to have said she did not see why the police should not shoot back when women and children acted as buffers between the police and firing gunmen.



Yesterday, the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness said if the Prime Minister does not take action, or if Hylton does not recuse herself, the Jamaica Labour Party will take legal action at the appropriate time.



He says Senator Alexander Williams, the Opposition Spokesman on Justice will lead the legal team which also includes Harold Malcom, a lecturer in human rights law at the University of Technology.



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