Int’l members of Commission of Inquiry due next Wednesday
The International members of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry will be arriving in Guyana next Wednesday, September 5, 2012, to take the Oath of Office before President Donald Ramotar, after which they would meet to establish the rules of procedures for hearings by the Commission.
They will subsequently meet and inform the Guyanese public on Thursday, September 6, 2012, before leaving on Friday, September 7, 2012.
The government and the opposition reached agreement less than two weeks ago on the commissioners for the inquiry into the deaths of three Linden protestors on July 18.
The International members are two distinguished Jamaican judges and a law professor of Trinidad, all of whom were nominated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). They are Justice Lensley Wolfe O.J., Mr. K.D. Knight S.C and Ms. Dana Seetahal S.C.
Former Court of Appeal Judge Claudette Singh and former Chancellor and current chairman of the Police Complaints Authority Cecil Kennard, are the local members of the Commission.
The Government of Guyana had invited CARICOM to recommend persons who could sit on the Commission of Inquiry. As a result, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque after consultations, recommended the three CARICOM nationals.
Justice Wolfe is a distinguished jurist and former Chief Justice of Jamaica. He is currently Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Jamaica and also served as chairman of the Police Public Complaints Authority of Jamaica.
Mr. Knight, a practicing attorney, has been a Senior Counsel since 1995 and has had a distinguished career in politics and law in Jamaica. He held positions in the cabinet of Jamaica including the portfolios of National Security and Foreign Affairs. Ms. Seetahal, also a practicing attorney, has been a Senior Counsel since 2006 and is a former Independent Senator in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament and a former lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School in that country.
A little over six weeks ago, 24-year-old Shemroy Bouyea, 46-year-old Allan Lewis, and 17-year-old Ron Somerset were killed on the first day of a planned-five day protest by Lindeners.
The deaths stretched the protest for a month, as Lindeners pressed for a full investigation and opposition parties called for an international inquiry.