APNU lawyers seek adjustment to terms of reference
As the Commission of Inquiry into the Linden Shooting commenced yesterday, lawyers for A Partnership for National Unity had a few objections about the terms of reference and the lawyers attached to the commission.
At the commencement of the hearing, Attorney-at-law Basil Williams, who is appearing for APNU, requested from the Chairman Justice Lensley Wolfe if he would consider a stay so that the President can include the shooting events of August 10 and August 12.
However, Wolfe said that he could not do anything to the terms of reference but would “embrace” the suggestion if they were so advised by those responsible for setting up the body. Attorney-at-law Joseph Harmon is also representing the APNU.
In the letter which was prompted by interactions with witnesses and residents in the course of gathering statements for the inquiry, APNU said that it felt that the outcome of the inquiry should be embraced by all citizens of Linden and all Guyanese.
The party contends that it firmly believes that failing to include these events in the scope of the inquiry would have rendered its findings inconclusive.
Attorneys-at-law Hukumchand and Peter Hugh are representing the police. Attorneys-at-law Mohamed Khan and Dawn Holder are appearing for the Guyana Bar Association. Alliance for Change Chairman, Nigel Hughes is representing the relatives of the victims.
Yesterday Attorney-at-law Vic Puran, who had earlier said that he was representing the Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, informed the commission that he was no longer doing so. According to Puran, the Minister has not honoured his financial obligation.