Dudus-Manatt Enquiry

Lightbourne still blames Dep DPP for Tivoli deaths

Says official gave bad advice

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011 | 11:43 AM

ATTORNEY General and Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne has refused to withdraw a statement she made under cross-examination from attorney KD Knight, that it was the bad advice given by Jeremy Taylor, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), that led to the death of the 73 people during last year's incursion by the security forces in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston.

Cross-examining Lightbourne at the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry this morning, Lord Anthony Gifford (representing the Office of the DPP) gave the minister a chance to withdraw the "serious allegation" but she was adamant that she would not.

"I can't withdraw it," Lightbourne said. "On August 25 everyone was knocking on my door."

Evidence was given during the enquiry earlier by Taylor, the deputy DPP in charge of the extradition unit, that in May 2007 he advised the United States to send a formal extradition request instead of a provisional request that would result in Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's immediate arrest.

Lightbourne had made her statement blaming Taylor for the deaths and what she called the "whole debacle" after Knight, who represents the Opposition People's National Party, suggested to her that it was her refusal to sign the authority to proceed with the extradition process that caused the death of the 73 people.

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