By Kristen Macklingam
The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that has been established to look into the deadly riots which took place at the Camp Street Prison last week will begin receiving evidence tomorrow.
INews was told that among the first persons who will testify as to what transpired during the deadly fiasco at the lockups are five prisoners.
These inmates are expected to offer evidence which will assist the three Commissioners in executing their duties.
During a press briefing this morning the Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice James Patterson stated that he, along with the other two Commissioners, visited the Camp Street jail house yesterday and it appeared to be like a “war zone”.
He explained that they left the penitentiary sometime around 19:00hrs on Tuesday and were very surprised by what they saw while they were visiting there.
“What I saw seemed like a war zone that they are now getting back together. I saw two contending factions. One may be described by some as the retread off the earth and another, as the oppressors…we met prison officers who I don’t think had sleep for three days”, Patterson said.
The CoI Chairman acknowledged that while the Commission is open to everyone who may wish to offer any evidence that would help its work unfortunately not everyone can appear before the Commission.
According to him, the staff of the Commission will decide upon who will appear before the Commission based on the evidence that the person may be offering.
Meanwhile, these hearings are to be open to the public and the media. However, should there be cases where witnesses prefer to testify in-camera, provisions will be made to have them accommodated.
He added that the Commission will also allow video evidence as it continues its work and will most likely return to the Camp Street lockups for another visit as the hearings continue.