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Private Sector concerned about search and seizure at GRA Commissioner’s home

Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Khurshid Sattaur.

Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Khurshid Sattaur.

The Private Sector Commission says it concerned about media reports of the recent search, by officials of the Guyana Revenue Authority, of the home of the Commissioner General of the agency, Mr. Khurshid Sattaur, and the seizure of various items belonging to the GRA.

Following is the remainder of the statement

The Commission is both perturbed and concerned at this treatment of a very senior official who has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing.  To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Sattaur is on leave from the entity pending the results of an inquiry.  He has not been asked to resign and as such remains both the de jure and de facto head of the GRA.  In the circumstances, if his electronic communication devices were required for purposes of the investigation, then the proper procedure would have entailed a request to Mr. Sattaur to hand these over to the Board.

We understand that the invasion of Mr. Sattaur’s home was not conducted by the National Police armed with a warrant for search and seizure of items from his home.  This is a violation of his human rights.  It was reported that the officers who went to Mr. Sattaur’s home were officers of the Guyana Revenue Authority and we do not believe that they are or were legally authorized to do so.

This searching of homes of officials of entities under investigation seems to have become common practice and we call upon President Granger to rein in what appears, from all accounts in the public domain, to be a show of excessive enthusiasm on the part of some persons.

 

  • Emile_Mervin

    I have great respect for Chris Ram’s indefatigable push for greater accountability and transparency in government, and rarely ever disagree with his opinions. However, his latest letter was a rare exception. I do not know Nigel Hinds, but I also disagree with his opinion favoring Winston Brassington, after all the revelations over the years that prove Brassington was used as an instrument to achieve Bharrat Jagdeo’s personal goals.

    Since this article is about Sattaur, here is an extract from an October 16, 2014 Kaieteur News article: “Sattaur has already effectively silenced popular columnist and social activist, Freddie Kissoon, and in a recent boast in an email sent to Attorney General Anil Nandlall, he wrote “It is instructive to note that the reason why Freddie is now averse (reluctant) to writing trash concerning me is because a multi-million-dollar assessments hang over his head like the sword of demacles (sic).”
    Sattaur was also instructive in seeking to silence a prominent local businessman who was critical of the former President Bharrat Jagdeo, by launching a full scale audit into his operations. Included in the leaked emails sent by Sattaur to Nandlall, he also spoke of an impending audit of the Kaieteur News even as Editor-in-Chief, Adam Harris, lament officials inquiring of his bank information.

    THIS IS THE SATTAUR FOLKS ARE FEELING SORRY FOR? GIMME A FREAKIN BREAK!!!

    • rs dasai

      Emile
      Shades of Pres Nix who?

    • SYL

      The rope you set to hang others, be careful you’re not hung on it.
      Do like USA , get a special jail for these blatant thieves, but put it in Mazzaruni and be certain to have Jaguars around the jail. Then put them on hard labor. The whole country was corrupt from the President down to his boys. Nothing is a surprise to me. I said and going to say again, these educated scamps cannot be dealt with casually, you need a clever prosecutor , and competent investigators with education and “STREET SENSE”. otherwise it would be a waste of time and taxpayers money again.

      • Emile_Mervin

        Where in my post, which is a general observation, did I set a rope to hang anyone?

  • Dharamkumar02

    Nothing is wrong about Sattaur’s home being raided. This is a corrupt individual who was engaged in unethical and unprofessional behaviour during his tenure as GRA Head. This is the same guy who was involved in the exposing of people’s Tax information to Nandalall and Jagdeo, this was the same guy who tried to sink Kaieteur News, but at that time I didn’t see or hear any concern from the PSC, so why now?. These people are so hypocritical, I really don’t know who they are trying to fool. Sattaur was supposed to have been investigated since then during the PPP govt, but low and behold he had the backing of the Jagdeo/Ramotar power reign. I am truly disappointed that the Coalition Govt didn’t the action of putting him away along time ago.

  • SYL

    Emile,GM calm done bro. never said you mentioned the hanging. It a “saying” among the elders of yesterday[ figure of speech ], so I am referring to the gentleman Sattaur.Meaning , that based on the media info. he has set a rope for others, but according to the saying of the Elders, he may well hang on that same rope.

    • Emile_Mervin

      Gotcha!