Flare-up at Manatt-Dudus enquiry

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Personnel had to rush in Thursday to quell a flare-up among rival political party officials and supporters before the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry was brought to a screeching halt inside the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday.

The disruption was sparked by a claim by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne that the attorney for the People's National (PNP), K.D. Knight, had more than three decades ago declared that "all Labourites fi dead".

Three disruptions within a 45-minute period marred the afternoon session, with no solution to what threatens to become a major standoff between the two senators.

The last of the premature adjournments brought the day's proceedings to a close.

Knight described Lightbourne's claim as an egregious lie, possibly intended to put him in danger.

Earlier, addressing the commission at the adjournment, Knight had declared: "If tomorrow morning (today) the matter is not resolved in a way satisfactorily to me, then there will be some difficulty in proceeding."

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