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Dalley invites Witter to emergency meeting today

Tuesday, February 05, 2013    

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JUNIOR minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Horace Dalley has invited Public Defender Earl Witter to an emergency meeting today to discuss issues relating to Witter's office.

"In light of the fact that the public defender has not been able to deliver the report on the Tivoli Gardens operation so far, as well as the fact that his office has not produced any reports at all, the minister invited him to discuss the staff complement in the Office of the Public Defender," a Government source said last night.

The source said, however, that the Government has concerns beyond the staffing issue and those would be discussed at the meeting as well.

Witter, claiming that he has a staffing problem, has missed more than one deadline to produce a report on the May 2010 police/military operation in Tivoli Gardens in which 73 persons, including two policemen and a soldier, were killed.

The security forces, who went into the heavily barricaded community to arrest former strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, had responded to unprovoked attacks by gunmen loyal to Coke.

Coke, who fled the community in the midst of a two-day firefight between his militia and the security forces, was eventually captured a month later and extradited to the US where he was convicted on racketeering charges and imprisoned.

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