LEGAL REDRESS FOR ALL THOSE THAT HAVE SUFFERED PERSONAL INJURIES AND PROPERTY LOSS AND DAMAGE DURING THE RECENT ASSEMBLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS*
MINISTRY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
The Ministry of Homeland Security has regrettably noted that during the demonstrations held on 20″ June, 2019 and 4″ and 5″ July, 2019, the Conveners and Organizers, having undertaken to hold peaceful demonstrations, failed to abide by this undertaking with the effect that some of the demonstrators inflicted personal injuries on some persons and loss, damage and destruction to property.
The Ministry would like to draw the attention of all those that suffered personal injury or loss and damage to their property during the demonstrations to the provisions of section 106 of the Police Act. By section 106(1) of the Police Act, if any riot damage occurs as a result of an assembly or a demonstration, every organization on behalf of or under the auspices of which the assembly or demonstration was held, the convener, and every person participating in the assembly or demonstration, as the case may be, shall be liable for that damage as a joint wrong-doer together with any other person who unlawfully caused or contributed to such damage. Further, under section 106(2) of the Police Act, any person or organization held liable for riot damage under subsection (1) shall, notwithstanding that subsection, be deemed to be liable in any civil claim in respect of
Recourse against, or contribution by, that person or organization for intentionally and unlawfully causing or contributing to the cause of the riot damage; or (b) contribution by the other person who, or other organization which, is jointly liable for the riot damage.
The Ministry would therefore request all those that suffered personal injury during the demonstrations to obtain medical reports detailing the injuries and the extent of permanent incapacity, if any and bring these reports to the attention of the Officer in Charge of their nearest police station together with their personal addresses and telephone numbers. Similarly, all those that suffered loss or damage to property are requested to prepare details of the loss and damage and, where necessary, expert reports on the cost of repairs to their properties and bring them to the attention of the Officer in Charge of the nearest Police Station. Government Ministries and Departments or Agencies that have suffered loss and damage to property are similarly requested to obtain expert reports on the value of any loss and damage as well as repair estimates thereof and bring these to the attention of the Secretary for Homeland Security.
Government, in keeping with its mandate to observe the rule of law, intends to collate all these reports and arrange for the commencement of a class action lawsuit against all the Conveners and Organizers of the demonstrations so as to, in keeping with the statutory provisions cited above, hold them liable for the personal injury, loss and damage and obtain compensation from them with respect to the injuries, loss and damage.
Dated this 8″ day of July 2019
NICHOLAS DAUSI MP
MINISTER OF HOMELAND SECURITY