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SOCU raids home, store of Regent Street businessman; PPP peeved

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is peeved at the continued operations of the Special and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) while it remains under the auspices of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The latest incident as revealed by Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall was the raid of the Kitty home of a businessman in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Nandall detailed that close to a dozen ranks from SOCU descended on the home of the businessman at about 5 AM and proceeded to conduct a search and seizure under the claim that they were investigating money laundering.  The PPPC parliamentarian said SOCU agents carted off computers belonging to the businessman and his children as well as accounting records for the businessman. No cash was seized, he said.

The Former AG also revealed that searches were also conducted on the Regent Street business of the man. The business, which sells mostly clothing,  is located between Camp and Wellington Streets in the vicinity of a filling station.

“This is a man who has never been charged for any offence. I would know, I am his lawyer,” Nandlall stated.

Nandall charged that the search may have been politically motivated and is more than likely abuse of power granted to SOCU under the Anti-money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act (2015).

He said that the specific provision in the law was vehemently opposed by the Opposition since they suspected that it may have been abused.

Nandlall imitated too that the right to search, seize and detain should have been limited to Ports of Entry and not the entire country.

“From all the evidence being unearthed, it is clear that all the apprehensions and concerns we expressed are being borne out,” Nandlall said adding that SOCU is being “used as a weapon.”

PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had raised strenuous objections to the appearance of the law enforcement agency under the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP).

She said that the Government must provide an explanation for SOCU’s appearance under the Ministry of the Presidency noting that it contradicted the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill 2015.

“I am asking how is SOCU under the office of the President…SOCU does not belong here,” Teixeira declared. She also questioned whether the government will be making any steps to rectify the issue as is.

State Minister Joseph Harmon in his response stated that SOCU is being transitioned to its legal agency.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Using state apparatus to seize assets of the East Indians. There will be civil war in this country if they continue to rob the East Indians to give hand outs to the Afro Guyanese

    • long_legs

      watch your mouth lest you want to end-up in a cage locked away for the rest of your life since, you too boneheaded and ignorant to understand the consequences of race baiting and incitement to riot.

      a lot of you ppp fools think that you are anonymous behind your multitude of fake identities on these forums so, it is okay for you to pick-up the fire-rage of bharrat jagdeo and some other clowns in guyana. however, when the no-knock warrant is issued nuff a’yuh would be begging for the bathroom break when the belly-wuk starts.

      and a’yuh so stupid a’yuh like to holler and advertise how a’yuh rich so no wonder the bandits and criminals are targeting a’yuh when dem ready. i sure won’t want to live next door to a blabber-mouth advertising how rich he is only to have the bandits mistakenly come to my door and snuff my life out because of an irresponsible idiot like you.
      ©™

    • stagg05

      Oh its gonna be civil war..lol just bring it PPP….I HAVE SOME TOOLS THAT I WANT USE….

      • ExPPP_Man

        So you admit you’re a criminal – you will soon be in prison like many of your comrades.

  • rudeo

    take away all dem coolie money

  • KassemB

    ‘SOCU raids home, store of Regent Street businessman; PPP peeved’
    Is this part of the President latest cohesion drive?

  • KassemB

    ‘SOCU raids home, store of Regent Street businessman; PPP peeved’
    It is the ‘non-Roheee Ramjattan stamped protocol under the Ministry of OH HELL I DON’T KNOW

  • PETER

    Nandlall is a funny man, he says the businessman was never charged for any offence, under the ppp no one was ever charged, but now that a new sheriff is in town we expect a lot of charges and he claims to be the businessman’s lawyer, well birds of a feather flock together.

  • BeFair_SeeClear

    Everyone knows that money will not pass through the ports of entry so easy ….the emphasis rightly by SOCU is its trail…every email sent every Transaction made ….get the evidence then size the money…….

  • Emile_Mervin

    Besides questioning the protocol of having SOCU under the presidency instead of the police, since its head is an assistant police commissioner, I keep stressing my hope SOCU has strong and compelling proof of money laundering by the persons targeted and who will be targeted. There is a big difference between money laundering and avoiding royalties and taxes, which is just as serious. If SOCU is helping the GRA in these raids, that would be a relief because every business must file taxes, and if owners are caught with millions in cash but have not filed taxes after years in business, they should pay up.