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Tivoli Committee takes issue with Public Defender's call to postpone enquiry

Published:Tuesday | March 25, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Convenor of the Tivoli Committee, Lloyd D'Aguilar, has taken issue with the Public Defender’s call for the postponement of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry in the absence of ballistic reports.

Earl Witter has said that without the results of ballistic tests the enquiry would become a sham.

However, D’Aguilar points out that the terms of reference for the enquiry already indicate that it could become a sham or a whitewash.

He says Witter’s insistence that ballistic reports be ready before the start of the enquiry only complicates the matter.

He says the ballistic reports are likely to be inconclusive and will not tie any individual policeman or soldier to the killings.

D’Aguillar has also disagreed with the Public Defender that the enquiry should investigate the death of Kingston businessman Keith Clarke.

Clarke was shot multiple times by members of the security forces at his East Kirkland Heights home in St Andrew in May 2010 in the hunt for then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

D’Aguilar says the businessman’s death is of a different nature and should not be included in the terms of reference for the enquiry.

He is again calling for the terms of reference to be amended to focus on the nature of the crimes committed and on those who had command responsibility for what took place during the May 2010 incursion which let about 73 people dead.

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