– CARICOM names Jamaican, Trini jurists
– Justices Claudette Singh, Cecil Kennard from Guyana
The government and the opposition have reached agreement on the commissioners for the inquiry into the deaths of three Linden protestors on July 18.
This was confirmed last evening by the government’s chief spokesman Dr Roger Luncheon.
Two distinguished Jamaican judges, together with a law professor of Trinidad were nominated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Those recommended are Justice Lensley Wolfe O.J., Mr. K.D. Knight S.C and Ms. Dana Seetahal S.C.
Dr Luncheon said that from Guyana, former Court of Appeal Judge Claudette Singh and former chancellor and current chairman of the Police Complaints Authority Cecil Kennard, were recommended.
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 practising 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 practising 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.
Just over a month 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.
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