PROMINENT Trinidad and Tobago attorney Dana Seetahal, SC, is among three people named by the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat to sit on a commission of enquiry into last month's killing of three people by police during a protest in Linden, Guyana.
Seetahal was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2006 and is a former independent senator and a former lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Seetahal said she was asked by the Secretariat last week if she was willing to sit on the commission and she said it would be an honour to serve Caricom.
"The recommendations were made and it's now up to the government of Guyana to accept those recommendations," Seetahal said.
The other two commissioners proposed are former chief justice of Jamaica Lensley Wolfe and former Jamaica minister KD Knight, QC.
The Caricom Secretariat, in a statement issued yesterday, said the recommendations followed a request from Guyana President Donald Ramotar.
"Following the unfortunate incidents surrounding the protests at Linden on July 18, 2012, which led to the deaths of three citizens of Guyana, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has been engaged with the government of Guyana on a continuous basis.
"At the request of the government of Guyana, the Community has recommended three distinguished Caricom nationals to serve on a commission of enquiry, which is expected to enquire into and report on matters related to the events of that day."
Wolfe has been described as a distinguished jurist who now serves as chairman of the Public Service Commission in Jamaica, and who previously served as chairman of the Police Public Complaints Authority of Jamaica.
Knight is a practising attorney who has been a Senior Counsel since 1995 and has had a distinguished career in politics and law in Jamaica. He has held positions in the Cabinet of Jamaica, including the portfolios of National Security and Foreign Affairs.
The Guyana government said it had reached an agreement at the weekend to end the month-long protest action in Linden, which left 24-year-old Shemroy Bouyea, 19-year-old Roy Somerset and 46-year-old Ivan Lewis dead.
Bouyea, Somerset and Lewis were among a group of residents protesting the decision of the Guyanese government to increase electricity rates. The protests began in Linden, a mining town, and spread to Amelia Ward—another small town.
As part of the agreement reached over the weekend, the Government of Guyana said the electricity tariffs in Linden will remain at the pre-July 1 2012 rates "and the implementation of a future tariff regime in Linden will await due consideration of the findings and recommendations of the technical team".