Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee takes the stand of Linden Commission of Inquiry
With a number of Government Ministers coming out in support, taking their seats in the audience Home Affairs, Minister Clement Rohee, took the stand at the Linden Commission of Inquiry and told the Commission that he never instructed anyone to shoot at the Linden Protestors.
The Home Affairs Minister said, he met with the Police Commissioner acting, the deputy Police Commissioner and the then commander of E and F division. He testified, that it was just a briefing and he was never told about the use of lethal force. However, when the attorney Nigel Hughes provided an NCN interview with the Minister just days after the incident which showed him saying that the issue was discussed and he was given assurances that live rounds would not be used, the Minister said there was some discussion but not many details were provided.
Rohee was questioned repeatedly about what was discussed at that meeting and how the police would have dealt with a hostile situation.
Later Attorney Basil Williams pressed the Minister about the 5 days of planned protests at Linden. The Minister said the Government was concerned, but said he was no visionary when questioned about whether he had visions of the impact of the protest action. Minister Rohee said, he does not believe that there was a dereliction of duty by him by not giving instructions to the police force about how to handle the situation taking into account his own statements about the way the police should be dealing with protests and protestors. The Home Affairs Minister will return to the stand on Thursday morning, when Williams is expected to wrap up his examination.