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PNCR prepared if Granger subpoenaed by Rodney Commission

Opposition Leader, David Granger

The Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR) is preparing the groundwork should its leader, Retired Brigadier David Granger be subpoenaed to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into the bomb-blast death of Guyanese political activist, Dr. Walter Rodney.

Attorney-at-Law, Basil Williams told Demerara Waves Online News that the PNCR was ready for the appearance of Granger, a former Commander of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) when Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980.

“If he decides to go in, we will have to deal with him in the inquiry…We are prepared,” said Williams who is also the PNCR Chairman.

The PNCR Leader told DemWaves that so far he has not been alerted to the possibility of being called by the three-member Commission to make an appearance. “If I am subpoenaed I will be under obligation but at present I’ll be surprised if the Commission were to pay attention to what the PPP (Peoples Progressive Party) was calling for that I should appear,” he said.

Granger said if the Commission calls on him to appear, it would seem that the panel was responding to the governing PPP’s request “which will be very damaging for them.”

He denied having any knowledge about what led to his death. “I have nothing to hide and the point is I know nothing about the actual circumstances of the death of Dr. Rodney so there is little that I can say that will be helpful,” he said.

Granger said that at the time of Rodney’s death,  Sergeant Gregory Smith was no longer a member of the defence force.

 Smith allegedly gave Rodney the device that exploded his lower region while he was sitting in his brother’s car on John Street, Werk-en-Rust near the Georgetown Prison.  Smith almost immediately left Guyana bearing a Guyanese passport in the name of Cyril Johnson. He later surfaced in French Guiana where he had worked and lived until his death almost 10 years ago.