Government Investigations Aim For A Pre-determined Conclusion?
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2:00pm Barbados Time – Friday, August 31, 2007
Voice of Barbados radio just carried the official announcement made by Attorney General Dale Marshall that the last of the five bodies has been recovered from the hole. The site is being guarded and many international experts have flown to Barbados for consultations about the extent of the remaining danger, and whether or not nearby schools can be opened.
Attorney General Announces That Government Is Not To Blame
Despite all the AG’s talk of an ongoing investigation and an inquest into the whys, hows and whats of the five deaths, Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall announced the results of those investigations just a few minutes ago…
Nobody is to blame. It could have happened to anyone, anywhere in Barbados.
That is a paraphrase of what the AG announced. I’m glad that’s settled! Looks like we can all forget about the inquest now.
(I’ll put the recording and transcript of what the AG said on line if I can find the time later.)
10:00am Barbados Time – Friday, August 31, 2007
Latest Update from Voice Of Barbados Radio 92.9fm
Some Earlier Confusion Over The Identity Of One Body
Four bodies have been recovered to this moment. It was wrongly reported by all media on Wednesday night and Thursday morning that the body of the mother, Cassandra Codrington 27, was recovered on Wednesday evening. It now turns out that neither of the bodies recovered on Wednesday was that of Cassandra.
That alone provides a sad clue as to the state of the bodies and the dangerous conditions under which our rescue and recovery teams have been working.
There was an on-scene 7am meeting of engineers this morning. The engineers then met with recovery and political leadership and that meeting broke up only a few minutes ago. The Minister of Home Affairs is expected to give an update later this morning.
A decision has been made to continue with the recovery although some earlier rain caused concern. Some heavy equipment is working now at the scene, despite periods of no work due to fears of another cave-in.
Nearby residents (within 100 metres) are moving furniture and all belongings from their homes.