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Walter Rodney COI intends to do its work

walter rodneyMembers of the commission of inquiry in the death of Walter Rodney said they intend to dig deep to get to the bottom of his death 33 years ago.

in their first press conference since being appointed to conduct an inquiry into the death of Walter Rodney, the Commissioners aid they were about whitewashing and intend to put an end to any questions regarding the incident over three decades ago

Rodney, a world renowned academic and co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance was killed in June 1980 when a hand radio, or a walkie-talkie, exploded as he sat in a car. The radio was given to him by the soldier Gregory Smith, who is now dead.

Barbadian jurist Richard Cheltenham, who heads the commission, said he has no indication at this point whether senior officers of the Army and police serving at the time of Rodney’s would testify.

Sir Richard would not comment on criticisms by the Human Rights Association that the work of commission could stir up ethnic tension. In addition, he did not agree with the opposition that Trinidadian Senior Counsel Seanth Jairam could be biased in favour of the present Govt. having been hired previously to defend the Govt. in the controversial budgets cut case.

Walter Rodney’s relatives are among those who are expected to testify before the commission, which is looking to start its work just after the Easter Weekend.

The Commission’s finding will not lead to the prosecution of any found to have been responsible for his death.

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