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Telephone companies dispatched senior officials to present phone records of the Home Affairs Minister and Senior Superintendent

24 hours after being subpoenaed by the Linden Commission of Inquiry, the two telephone companies Digicel and GT&T dispatched senior officials to present the phone records of the Home Affairs Minister and Senior Superintendent, Clifton Hicken.

Those records revealed that on July 18th, the day of the Linden shooting incident, there were a number of calls between the telephone numbers belonging to Rohee and Hicken. The Senior Superintendent had testified before the commission that he never spoke to Rohee on that day. The phone records tendered as evidence today may shed light on that.

But while the phone records may show contact between the two numbers, they cannot reveal who may have been on the line at the time and the nature of the conversation. The GT&T records revealed that the calls made may have been done early in the evening after 8pm. Some of the calls went on for as much as 6 minutes and appear to have been coming in with not much time apart

The attorney for the victims of the shooting, Nigel Hughes, had contended that the calls were made just before the shooting incident. There were some calls from blocked numbers to the number belonging to Hicken and those numbers could be revealed and GT&T might be asked to do just that.

The Digicel records appear more time specific, but while Digicel may have knowledge of the numbers called, its records would not be able to show who the subscriber for the other number may be. The GT&T records point directly to that, and its records also revealed that just around the time of the shooting at Linden , the phone number belonging to Hicken was in contact with the phone number belonging to a well known city businessman, who has close ties to the former President. It’s not known what that would be about.

Senior Superintendent Hicken will most likely be called again before the commission, to explain the issue surrounding the phone records and whether he will now change his story about being in contact with the Minister on July 18th.

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