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Lobby group, G2K say Witter must go
2013-01-16 13:17:05 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
Public Defender Earl Witter - file photo.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre
Convener of lobby group, Families Against State Terrorism, Yvonne McCalla-Sobers said the time has come for the Public Defender to step down from that post.
She said it is unacceptable that 16 months after the first missed deadline Earl Witter is yet to submit a report on the May 2010 Tivoli incursion.
McCalla-Sobers said if the Public Defender is unable to submit a full report, the names of those killed during the Tivoli incursion should be made public.
She said the public should not have to wait until the report is ready to get a full explanation for the delays.
She said strong action must be taken against the Public Defender's Office for the long delays in furnishing the Parliament with a report.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart said he will determine what action to take following a meeting with Witter.
That meeting is expected to take place this afternoon.
Peart has described the situation as embarrassing as he had reported to parliament that the report was complete and would be tabled yesterday based on the commitment from the Public Defender.
Meanwhile, G2K, the Young Professional arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, is also calling for the Public Defender to resign.
The group has described the Public Defender’s failure to submit the Tivoli incursion report as reprehensible.
Its president Floyd Green said it is also unacceptable that the Public Defender has treated the matter so lightly.
He said he would have expected the Public Defender, who is appointed for the purpose of protecting and enforcing the rights of citizens, to act quickly.
He maintains that the significant delays in submitting the report threatens the credibility of the document and has already resulted in people losing confidence in the Office of the Public Defender.
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Convener of lobby group, Families Against State Terrorism, Yvonne McCalla-Sobers.
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