Lawyer for the Ex-GDF Association attorney at law Joseph Harmon has once again called for the Chairman of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Sir Richard Cheltenham QC, to remove himself from the proceedings.
The call was made yesterday during an outburst from the Chairman when Captain Gerald Gouveia was in the witness box. “You transported a killer…” the Chairman said to Gouveia as he was seeking answers about who the former army pilot had transported to Kwakwani on June 14, 1980.
“He has already arrived at a conclusion on matters that we are here to determine. The fact that he has said that Gouveia had transported a “killer” is bringing out his own personal opinion on the matter and bringing it to the commission. He said we have questioned his bias before about statements he made at a memorial service.”
According to Harmon, Cheltenham has been on record as saying that he was a follower of Rodney and that his death should be an inspiration to others.
When approached yesterday by Kaieteur News, Cheltenham said that he was unaware of any such call for his removal. According to the Chairman, he would not be distracted. When pushed further about the comment he made “You transported a killer,” Cheltenham said that he could not recall and would have to check the records.
Several weeks after political activist and historian Dr. Walter Rodney was killed, Sir Richard delivered a glowing tribute to him during a memorial service in Barbados.
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