Hughes apparently became peeved when Hicken repeatedly stated that he could not recall salient details of the meeting, which was attended by Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell and Crime Chief Seelall Persaud.
Hicken contradicted himself in stating at one point that the possibility of the Mackenzie/ Wismar Bridge being blocked by protestors was discussed at the meeting, and later denying that he had anticipated that the bridge would have been blocked.
Things got even worse when Hicken repeatedly said that he could not recall the duration of the meeting.
“Was it a two–minute or a five–minute meeting?” Hughes asked.
“I want to be precise; I cannot recall the length of time the meeting lasted,” Hicken responded.
“Would you describe it as a very short meeting?”
“I would describe it as a meeting… in terms of time, I cannot recall.”
“I have a difficulty accepting that you don’t recall how long the meeting lasted,” Hughes told Hicken.
“I have a difficulty with you telling me that I don’t know where I was,” Hicken responded.
“Was that meeting more than four hours? Hughes asked.
“I can’t recall, Sir.”
“Could you have been there for more than two hours?” Hughes asked again.
“I cannot recall, Sir.”
Hughes: “Let me suggest that you and the Minister were there for six hours, would you deny that?”
Hicken: “I don’t understand what you are suggesting, Sir. If you ask me a question I will answer you.”
Hughes: “You don’t understand that suggestion?”
Hicken (turning to the Commissioners): “Esteemed Commissioners, permit me to—
Hughes: “Shoot me?”
There was a burst of laughter from some of the attorneys, but it was at that point that Commission Chairman Justice Lensley Wolfe delivered his sharp rebuke to the attorney.
“Mr. Hughes, you will withdraw what you just said; it’s totally improper….at this point in time you have no basis for saying something like that. As a matter of fact, if you do not withdraw what you said, your cross examination of this witness will be terminated by the Commission. Protocol must be observed. You are a member of the legal profession. The ethics of the profession must be observed.”
Hughes did not withdraw his statement and indicated to the Commission that he was withdrawing from the hearing. He then left the Law Library.
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