June 5, 2020

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Construction team trying to ‘sabotage’ inquiry

Grenfell Tower

Members of the teams involved with the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have been accused of trying to “sabotage” the inquiry into the fire that killed 72 people.

Speaking on behalf of one of three groups of the bereaved, survivors and residents, QC Stephanie Barwise said a request for their evidence to be non-admissible in any potential prosecution should have been made “many months ago”. Coming as it has days before evidence hearings are due to start “gives the appearance of sabotaging this inquiry”, she said.

Barwise added: “These core participants know that seeking this undertaking will inevitably cause delay, and the timing of the application is much to their discredit. The behaviour of arrogance and complacency which caused the disaster at Grenfell still rages unchecked among many of the core participants.”

The representative for the second group of bereaved and survivors, QC Sam Stein, said the application made it look like the witnesses were “trying to pull a fast one”, he said. “They are clearly scared of what they know they have to face in this witness box.”

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