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Ian Wilkinson To Chair Emergency Powers Tribunal

RJR News / RJR News understands that attorney at law Ian Wilkinson QC, a former president of the Jamaica Bar Association, will chair the Tribunal to review cases of detention or restriction under the current State of Public Emergency established in the parish of St. James.

The other members of the Tribunal are Pastor David Henry of the Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston (also an attorney at law) and retired Supreme Court judge Justice Lloyd Hibbert.

The Regulations accompanying the State of Emergency provide for the establishment of the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal.

It will consist of one member appointed by the Chief Justice and two others appointed by the Governor General.

Those regulations were approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, following the declaration of the State of Emergency by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Thursday.

The tribunal will function under the auspices of the Ministry of National Security.  

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