Updated: 02/15/2014 02:31

COI on Little India Riot starts 19 Feb, expected to last four weeks



COI on Little India Riot starts 19 Feb, expected to last four weeks

The public hearing for the Committee of Inquiry (COI) on the Little India Riot will start on Wednesday, the 19th of February at 10.00 am. 

It will be held at Court 13 of the Subordinate Courts. 

The COI Secretariat says admission to observe the public hearings will be on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The COI intends to call at least 70 witnesses to give oral evidence at the public hearings. 

Some of the key witnesses that will be called to give evidence include the bus driver and timekeeper of the bus involved in the fatal accident at Little India on the day of the riot. 

Others include expert witnesses, police and civil defence officers, business owners and residents in Little India, foreign worker dormitory operators and foreign workers who were issued Police advisories. 

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) will be leading the evidence at the hearing. 

On the first day of the hearing, Senior State Counsel David Khoo will present an opening statement to the COI explaining broadly the evidence which will be led over the course of the inquiry, which will cover the events surrounding the riot and some of the possible factors and circumstances that may have led to it. 

The COI Secretariat says it has received 22 emails and letters from a number of persons and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) interested in the proceedings. 

They have offered their views on possible causes of the riot, suggestions on how the situation can be improved, and other assistance. 

The COI will take into consideration the submissions received for the purposes of the inquiry, based on the Terms of Reference. 

It will also determine which of these persons or NGOs should be called to give evidence at the hearing. 

It is estimated that the COI hearing will span at least four weeks.

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