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UWI professor named third commissioner for Tivoli enquiry

Thursday, May 29, 2014    

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UNIVERSITY of the West Indies Professor Anthony Harriott has been appointed the third commissioner to sit on the pending inquiry into the May 2010 police-military operation in West Kingston which left more than 70 people dead.

Harriott replaces Queen's Counsel Velma Hylton, who was forced to recuse herself from the commission amidst protests -- mainly from the parliamentary Opposition -- over comments she reportedly made while serving

as an attorney for a 2002 enquiry in a similar incident in West Kingston.

Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer, who announced Harriott's appointment at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House in St Andrew yesterday, said that Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has acted on Cabinet's recommendation for him to be appointed to the enquiry.

She said that preparations for the commissioners to begin their work are now underway, but was unable to give a timeline for when the enquiry would begin.

"We have preparations underway but there are certain things we need to put in place before we can give you a definitive time as to when it (the enquiry) will begin," Senator Falconer told journalists.

Harriott, who is director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security and head of the Department of Government at UWI, will join the other named commissioners -- chairman Barbadian Sir David

Simmons and former Appeals Court judge Hazel Harris to judicially investigate the operation.

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