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Knight, Wolfe on Caricom panel to probe Guyana police killings

By Balford Henry Observer senior reporter

Thursday, August 23, 2012    

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JAMAICAN attorneys-at-law Justice Lensley Wolfe and K D Knight, QC are among three jurists named to probe last month's killing of three people by the Guyanese police in Linden.

Wolfe, a former chief justice of Jamaica and Knight a former Cabinet minister and currently a government senator, will join prominent Trinidadian attorney Dana Seetahal, a former independent senator and lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Port-of-Spain.

They were named by the secretariat of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to the commission which will enquire into the deaths of three Guyanese, aged between 19 and 46, who were among a group of protesting residents in Linden -- a mining town.

The residents were protesting against the decision of the Guyanese Government to increase electricity rates when they were allegedly shot and killed by heavily armed riot police, who also wounded 20 other demonstrators.

The Guyanese media reported that the riot police, who apparently lost patience as night fell, and opened fire on the demonstrators, some of whom were shot in the back as they ran. The police later reported that they were pelted with bottles, stones and other missiles.

Linden is the second largest town in Guyana after Georgetown, and capital of the Upper Demerara-Berbice region. It lies on the Demerara River, has a population of roughly 60,000 and is primarily a bauxite mining town.

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