Cameras barred from ‘Dudus’ enquiry

Cameras barred from ‘Dudus’ enquiry

By PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

THE media was this morning barred from filming the evidence of the former executive secretary of Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne who reportedly sent an email to attorney Harold Brady and Solicitor General Douglas Leys without her authority or approval.



The woman is said to live in an area where her safety may be in jeopardy, and so Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry chairman Emil George barred videotaping of the proceedings.

Only audio recording was allowed.

George also told reporters to tell editors to not prominently display the woman’s evidence.

In a private meeting, however, reporters told him that neither they nor he could dictate how stories were placed.

The chairman also wanted to take the reporters’ cellphones, but the journalists protested, saying the phones were part of their work tools.

The woman, who is also a worker with the Commission, was said to have sent an email outlining the extradition proceedings to Leys and Brady.

Lightbourne had said, before the email was brought into evidence, that she had not spoken Brady in relation to the extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Lightbourne has since said that the email sent by the woman had to have been a forgery.

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