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JLP wants say in selection of Tivoli enquiry commissioners

Thursday, January 16, 2014    

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JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness has urged the Government to provide the Opposition with information on the terms of reference and names of persons being considered for the proposed West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

In a letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Holness said that the JLP was of the firm view that public interest would be best served by a process of consultation with the Opposition, prior to the finalisation of the terms of reference and the persons to serve as commissioners.

"I note with interest in the print media, that the Government is giving active consideration for persons to be appointed commissioners of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry," Holness wrote.

"Given the importance and sensitivity surrounding the matter of the enquiry, I wish to be advised of the terms of reference before finalisation and the persons being considered for appointment," he added.

Following Government's announcement last May of its decision to hold an enquiry into the May 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens by the security forces in search of fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who was wanted by the United States, the JLP said that while it acknowledged that the holding of a commission of enquiry into the incident was the prerogative of the Government, the party would be watching closely to ensure that the terms of reference and conduct of the enquiry were framed and executed to achieve justice, and free from politicisation.

More than 70 civilians and one soldier were killed in the Tivoli operation.

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