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INDECOM says Witter misleading the public

Published:Tuesday | March 25, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is blaming the public defender Earl Witter for delays in producing ballistics reports arising from the 2010 Tivoli Gardens Incursion.

INDECOM says it notes Witter's statements at a press conference yesterday that the delay was because of INDECOM’s inability to secure the firearms of soldier and lack of resources in the Government Forensic Lab.

INDECOM says it categorically denies the suggestions being made by Witter that there is any inability on the Commission’s part to secure the weapons of the members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

INDECOM says the JDF has been very cooperative in the investigation, and in any event, the Commission has coercive powers to secure these firearms for testing.

INDECOM has suggested that it is in fact Witter who has been holding up the process.

INDECOM says the ballistic comparison process is awaiting Witter’s compliance with his agreement to provide certain information to INDECOM.

The Commission says it has written several letters to Witter reminding him of the agreement and urging him to forward the file.

However, it says despite four letters dating from June last year to March 14 this year, the Commission has received no response.


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