President Ramotar to receive Linden COI report tomorrow


THE Commissioners to the Linden Commission of Inquiry (COI), who reside abroad were scheduled to arrive in Guyana yesterday, will be handing over their report to President Donald Ramotar today at the Office of the President.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon, at his weekly post- Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President yesterday, said that the Guyanese Head of State has already signalled his availability for this public handing over ceremony.
On February 1, the COI officially ended hearing testimonies from persons regarding the events of July 18, 2012, when three persons were killed and others injured during a protest in Linden, Region 10.
Subsequently, President Ramotar established the COI to inquire into and report on the circumstances surrounding the shooting to death of Allan Lewis, Ron Somerset and Shemroy Bouyea and the injury of several other persons.
On September 5, the commissioners, a distinguished panel of legal counsel, took the oath of office before the President.
The Commissioners are Justice Lensley Wolfe and Senior Counsel Keith D. Knight of Jamaica, Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal of Trinidad and Tobago, all of whom were nominated by the CARICOM Secretariat, Justice Claudette Singh of Guyana, and Justice Cecil Kennard.
At a press conference prior to the commencement of the work of the commission, Justice Wolfe, who is chairing the commission, said that all decisions made by the COI will be influenced solely by the evidence given under oath or affirmation by witnesses, as the situation will not be prejudged.