Justice Kennard sworn in to Linden commission
The fifth member to the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the shooting death of three Lindeners, Justice Cecil Kennard, CCH, took the oath of office as member in the presence of President Donald Ramotar, yesterday.
Justice Kennard was out of the country when the other four members took their oath on September 5.
In a brief comment subsequent to the swearing in, he said that all the statements given by residents will be carefully examined after which the Commission will decide on the witnesses to be called.
He explained that even though many persons will provide statements; it does not necessarily mean that all of them will be called, as many would repeat what was already said by a previous witness.
“We are hoping that the inquiry proceeds smoothly and that witnesses attend when required, so that the work of the Commission can be finished within a reasonable time,” Justice Kennard said.
The other four commissioners are Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe and Senior Counsel Keith Knights of Jamaica; Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal of Trinidad and Tobago; and former Justice Claudette Singh, CCH, from Guyana.
The Commission of Inquiry is one of several positions agreed upon in a series of closed door talks that the government, Region Ten administration and the opposition political parties held at the Office of the President.
At a press conference on September 6, Chief Justice Wolfe, who chairs the Commission, said that all decisions made by the COI will be influenced solely by the evidence given under oath or affirmation by witnesses, as the situation will not be prejudged.