No inquiry commission into extra-judicial killings - Luncheon
Stabroek News
April 25, 2002

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The government has no intention of establishing a commission of enquiry into extra-judicial killings.

Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, said yesterday, "the administration's response is a firm 'no,'" when the question as to whether government would be willing to set up a commission of enquiry into extra-judicial killings was asked at his regular press briefing held at the Office of the President.

He opined that such a commission of enquiry, under the statutes, would either invalidate all of the concluded enquiries and the efforts of those inquests "of so-called extra judicial killings, now taking place."

He said that two judicial-type activities dealing with the same matter at the same time was not a normal course. Government's resolve to have an inquest held into Shaka Blair's death, on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, he said, "is perhaps the first and sole intervention that the administration is prepared to make at this time."

There have been calls from several quarters for a commission of inquiry into extra-judicial killings.