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APNU Member of Parliament Vanessa Kisson takes the stand at the Linden Commission of Inquiry

APNU Member of Parliament, Vanessa Kissoon, who represents the Linden community, was called to the stand this morning as the Linden Commission of Inquiry got back to work, after a one week break. Kissoon testified, that on July 18th after assisting some elderly women away from the scene as tear gas was being fired, she saw a police officer she identified as Assistant Superintendent  Stanton, run past her with persons yelling that he had just shot someone. She said, after he passed her, he looked around and fired a shot in her direction.

During questioning by attorney for the police, Hokumchand, Kissoon was quizzed about the day’s activities and whether rules for the march were being followed and why persons had decided to stop on the bridge.

Commission members later grilled Kissoon about why in her submitted statement, she did not include the name of the officer she said shot at her and whether she did not see that as a vital piece of evidence rather than wait until today’s hearing to announce that officer’s name. Kissoon said, she only responded to questions posed by her attorney who took the statement

Kissoon was grilled about whether she was telling the truth and she said she was. She wrapped up her testimony and left the stand just before the lunch break. The commission is looking into the events of July 18th that resulted in the deaths of three Linden protestors and the events that followed those shooting deaths.

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