|Corruption Commission in the TCI|
|Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:51|
The Commission of Inquiry into possible corruption or other serious dishonesty in recent years of past and present elected members of the Turks & Caicos Islands legislature will open its hearings in the Conference Room of the Regent Palms Hotel, Providenciales on 13th January and continue into February.
The hearings have been delayed by the late provision of documents and increased numbers of those offering to assist the Inquiry.
According to a press statement on Wednesday, the hearings will begin with oral examination of those Ministers and/ or Members of the House of Assembly whose declarations and/or disclosures of interest the Commission considers remain materially deficient or otherwise questionable.
The individuals concerned will, the Commission said, be notified in advance of the hear:iµgs of aspects of disclosure on which the Commission seeks further information.
The Commission said it will also, where appropriate, take oral evidence from Permanent Secretaries and other senior public officers, bearing on such matters. The Commission will then take oral evidence from others over a range of issues within its terms of reference.
Finally, it will give an opportunity to give evidence to those whom it considers and notifies may be implicated or concerned in any subject-matter of the Inquiry.
By Monday, 15th December, the Commission said it will request indications by 19th December of availability in January and February from persons whom it may require to give evidence.
By Tuesday, 23rd December, the Commission will publish on its website a provisional program, indicating the names of those to give evidence and when they will be required to give it, and a summary of its proposed procedures. It will, as necessary, publish further programs and notify individually those affected by any changes to the provisional program, the statement said.
The Commission also urged those who have material information relevant to its terms of reference and who have not yet indicated their willingness to give evidence, to. do so by telephoning or emailing it at one of those contact points.
"Alternatively, those who continue to fear intimidation or victimization as a result of openly assisting the Inquiry may give information to the Commission in confidence if they so request," the statement said.
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