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Tivoli Enquiry Held Hostage by Public Interest Immunity Documents

The lead attorney for the Defense Board, Queens Counsel Michael Hylton, is to make submissions to the Commission of Enquiry on Monday regarding documents for which ‘public interest immunity’ is being claimed.

Public Interest Immunity is a principle of law under which an order may be given for one party involved in a case not to disclose evidence to another party where disclosure would be damaging to the public interest.

Mr. Hylton is now overseas and could not make his submission.

Sir David Simmons says he requested an adjournment.

Sir David says he does not anticipate any further private sessions after Monday.

He’s asked for the public’s understanding.

Sir David Simmons, Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

He says lawyers for the Jamaica Defense Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force are claiming public interest immunity for ‘a large number of documents’.

When the public sessions resume on Monday, former Police Commissioner Ellington will return to the stand for further cross-examined by Jacqueline Samuels-Brown.