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Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, has received the appointments of the members of the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal, which will look into the cases of detention and restriction of citizens by the security forces under the State of Emergency.
The three-member tribunal will be chaired by Mrs. Pamela Benka-Coker Q.C, who was appointed by Chief Justice, Zalia McCalla.
The two other members, appointed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen are: Mr. Justice Henderson Downer (Retired) C.D.; and Attorney-at-Law, Miss Nancy Anderson.
As stated in a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the appointments satisfy the requirements for such a panel under the Emergency Powers Regulations.
The Prime Minister announced the appointment of the tribunal in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 25), on the State of Emergency, now underway in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew.
The Prime Minister stated that the security forces have been directed to take all practical steps to avoid casualties as much as possible and to uphold the rights of citizens innocently caught in the area of conflict.
“The operations in Tivoli Gardens are being maintained to allow for detailed search for illegal guns and persons, who may be wanted by the police for criminal charges. Several persons have been detained and are being processed,” he said.

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