There’s mystery surrounding a ‘fake document’ attached to the Interim Report of former Public Defender, Earl Witter.
The inclusion of the document in Mr. Witter’s report was first raised when former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was cross-examined by Anthony Gifford, who’s representing the Office of the Public Defender.
The fake document purports to be the instrument proclaiming the limited State of Emergency in May, 2010 and which was supposedly gazetted.
But it’s dated May, 13, 2010.
That’s 10 days earlier than the real document that proclaimed the State of Emergency in parts of Kingston and St. Catherine as the security forces tried to capture ‘Christopher Dudus’ Coke.
The real document was signed by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen on May, 23, 2010.
The revelation was made this afternoon as the Supervisor of the Gazette Department of the Jamaica Printing Services, Demsha Thompson, testified at the West Kingston Enquiry.
Mr. Thompson was giving his evidence-in-chief marshalled by junior Counsel for the Commission, Simone Mayhew.
He was asked by the Commission Chairman, Sir David Simmons, to describe the document.
Former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, had been cross-examined on the document by Mr. Gifford.
Mr. Thompson says the document was brought to his attention for the first time by the Commission’s counsel.
Today, he cited several faults which he says show the May, 13, 2010 document was fake.
Attorney for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Deborah Martin, queried whether the matter was reported to the police.