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New details surface about allegations of Crum-Ewing’s killing, as PPP activists remain in custody

Jason Abdulla's right foot.

Jason Abdulla’s right foot. (News Source photo)

Even as two well-known opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) activists Wednesday night remained in police custody for an ongoing probe into the killing of political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing, new details have surfaced about the allegations.

Investigators so far appear to be relying on a statement by Shawn Hinds that implicated Jason Abdulla and O’Kenny Fraser in the murder of Crum-Ewing in April, 2015 at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. At that time, Crum-Ewing had been on a loud-hailer urging residents to go out and vote for the now governing A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition in the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

Demerara Waves was told that Hinds alleged that Abdulla had seen him in Albouystown in the presence of Fraser and pointed to Fraser. Hinds further alleged that Abdulla told him that he (Hinds) was not the real deal and instead it was Fraser who was the real deal. On seeking clarification, Hinds said Abdulla told him “Crum-Ewing.”

A copy of Hinds’ statement was given to Abdulla to allow him an opportunity to challenge any aspect of it.

Attorney-at-Law, Glen Hanoman told Demerara Waves Online News  that his client, Abdulla, alleged that police covered his head and beaten on his soles.  Hanoman said at his insistence, Abdulla was taken to a city hospital where he was treated for injuries to his right foot and it was placed in a plaster cast.

Hanoman said a medical certificate that was provided by the doctor was rejected by police when Abdulla returned. However, according to Hanoman, police rejected that certificate and he was taken back to the hospital where a different certificate was allegedly demanded from the doctor.

The Attorney-at-Law said after diligent inquiries he learnt that the Guyana Police Force successfully obtained permission from the High Court for the continued detention of Abdulla, Shawn Hinds and Okelly Fraser  until Saturday afternoon.

High-level police sources Thursday said that Abdulla, Fraser and Abdulla confessed to lobbing a bowl of faeces on political activist and newspaper columnist, Freddi e Kissoon in 2010 near Nigel’s Supermarket, Robb Street. Investigators said Mc Coy was not actually involved in throwing the faces at Kissoon but was the master-mind.

Abdulla is a former employee of the Office of the President under the PPPC administration. Mc Coy is a former presidential spokesman and he is currently employed by that party at its radio station, Freedom Radio.

Meanwhile, the PPP suggested that government had a major role to play in the locking up of Abdulla and Mc Coy ahead of the March 18, 2016 Local Government Elections and the impending release of the Commission of Inquiry Report into the bomb-blast death of Dr. Walter Rodney on June 13, 1980.

“We regard this as another manifestation of a centrally directed plan to harass, intimidate, witch hunt and persecute PPP members, supporters and their leaders.

We had expected the persecution and harassment to be intensified as local government elections come closer and as the explosive Walter Rodney Commission Inquiry’s Report is about to be made public. These political machinations will not succeed as distractions which they are intended to be.” the PPP said in a statement.

The PPP charged that Abdulla and Mc Koy were being locked up because of their political views and associations. “We call for an immediate halt of this political harassment now and we call for the immediate release of both Abdulla and Mc Koy.”

  • SYL

    So you want the two release and take in some fat cats. Its just a matter of time, before the fat lady sings.You call it political, what about the 400 plus , the former govt. knows everything.

    • Col123

      SYL…our 400+ guys were freedom fighters..may they rest in peace…The most we can do is to name streets and bridges after their their contributions to gyam fyah.

  • Emile_Mervin

    1. That McCoy has been identified by the detainees as the mastermind behind the feces in Freddie’s face attack six years ago, proves McCoy was more than the mastermind behind Crum-Ewing’s death. I have been saying this mere days after the murder but the PPP was in power, so we had to wait for regime change.

    2. I want Guyanese to see how the Indian-dominated PPP sees and treats with Black people: to be used and refused. All four suspects in remand fro Crum-Ewing’s murder are Blacks; not one Indian. WHY? The PPP used Sam Hinds and Roger Luncheon and Odinga Lumumba and others for political window dressing. and other deadly purposes. None could become President.

    3. I hope sane minds in the PPP will use this and other developments to see every effort should be made to dump Jagdeo, the bane of the PPPs existence.

    • Col123

      EM…why not make a comparison with the “WHITE dominated PNC” and the “Indian dominated PPP”… can write a book given your professed prowess….

      • Emile_Mervin

        A man stood in front of a mirror and took a good, long look at himself, then walked away. Two minutes later he stopped and tried to remember what he looked like. Selah!

        • Col123

          EM;…I recalled that you said that you were mixed ethnicity…nothing wrong with that….and nothing personal also…you have every right to say what you want…but you may want to reconsider the origin of your anger and hate…which you peddle with authority to those who would otherwise understand and know better. You should pursue a job as a spokesman for our government…you may have the chance to unite the races…

          • Emile_Mervin

            May anger, not hate, stems from the fact that after chasing the White man 50 years ago, we are no better off without the same White man. But of all the political leaders who had the best shot at doing the greatest good by all Guyanese, yet allowed greed and spite to ruin his chances, Bharrat Jagdeo is the one who generates the greatest anger. And he is not satisfied he ruined Guyana’s socioeconomic melting pot recovery and success, but he now wants to make a come back to do worse. He believes he is entitled! How does it not strike you as odd that the once invincible PPP is in the Opposition benches? Selah!

            And FYI, the races are actually working in unity but they only become vessels of disunity at the political convenience of the two dinosaurs during elections cycles, before returning to working with each for another 4 and a half years.

            Take race politics out of Guyana and watch the races work together to survive and succeed.

  • Col123

    EM: “The PPP used Sam Hinds and Roger Luncheon and Odinga Lumumba and other Blacks for political window dressing. None could become President.”…with your line of thinking and logic, one can postulate that Ramjarttan,Naggamotto (Naggamotto said he is not Indian), and all those other Indians in PNC are just window dressing or BF for the PNC!……please…continue digging at the bottom of the flush can…I have stated that you seem to have “inside information on folks”..some are rather personal. You claimed you read it the papers…in the gossip column?,,,you mentioned some days ago about a sick relative of Nandalall that he may have paid for health expenses…that is personal information. Your integrity is no worse that those you constantly bash daily and makes you seem so trivial (and that’s charitable)…and self serving. You can do better with analysis and progressive thoughts. After all, you professed your many prowess on politics, administration, governance, etc…. and do.. continue to be deluded that you are the only one with any academic and life experience exposure…

    • Emile_Mervin

      1. Like you, I can easily make the deduction that, under present circumstances, no Indian may ever be elected President on an APNU ticket or a coalition ticket. But the issue at hand is not about APNU, PNC or the coalition; it is about the freaking PPP, dammit! It is about four Black Guyanese who avail themselves to serve the PPP, but wound up doing the worst kind of filthy job that no Indian supporter wanted. Now these four Blacks are locked up and their Indian bosses are home free.

      2. I don’t have to convince you I rely exclusively on the local Internet dailies for information, including the cabinet minister’s unauthorized use of state funds to pay for his wife to become pregnant. He said he repaid it, but KN insisted that it was unauthorized and it was only repaid after it was exposed by KN. All of that was in the Kaieteur News and part of the recorded conversation when the minister threatened to shoot up the media outlet’s Charlestown office.

      3. You have to do your own homework if you want to engage in this discussion and stop this lazy as a approach of assuming someone in government is feeding me information. No man is perfect, but that should never stop us from being critical in our analyses to stop public/elected officials from screwing up or to challenge them to do better. Nothing personal; just political!

  • randn01

    You forget Harper for the PM candidate for the ppp , the ppp have and will always remain a racial party , I wish the blacks within the ppp can now open their eyes and see how they are being used and abused by the ppp . Mouth open story jump out : the race has now started

    • Col123

      rand:…it work both ways…you should acknowledge that the PNC operates in form and fashion….Be open minded…get rid of some of that hate…blogging should be fun …without stoking divisiveness…

  • Col123

    cream..”read the tea leaves” as someone will say…The PPP does not have a chance at governance anymore…Others are knocking Jagoo…they …ppp.. can come up with any one else…the mantra will be the same…the election results will always favor the current government…move on…

  • Emile_Mervin

    I have repeatedly said that coalition either shapes up or it will be shipped out, so i won’t disagree with entire axis around which your conclusion rotates.

  • Emile_Mervin


    I encourage you to Google or Yahoo “McCoy denies threatening lone protestor…” iNews Guyana, December 24, 2014, and you will read where the story of a direct link between McCoy and Crum-Ewing was publicly established as the deceased revealed he felt his life was in danger.

    The night Crum-Ewing died, that was my first frame of reference. Additionally, I noted the public’s fascination with the police’s unusually quick response to the murder scene. Incidentally, leading the response was the same senior police official who led the police contingent to Linden that resulted in the deaths of three protestors. Looked like if you were a Black protestor, you have to expect death.

  • Col123 seem to know a lot of inside information…not the first of anything I have lost but your attack shows weakness on your part…dip your hands deeper in the flush can probably will find comfort at the bottom

  • Col123

    These guys are hard core hateful dudes…but give credit where it is due …they will fight to death to prove their ethnic superiority …I do not blame them …we need to live life… and move on