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Accused in Health Ministry fire arrested


Keith Ferrier (Stabroek News photo)

A man charged with the burning down of the Ministry of Health seven years ago was caught Monday after he returned from neighbouring Venezuela where he had been hiding, police said.

Head of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum told Demerara Waves Online News that Keith “General” Ferrier was caught by ranks of the Major Crimes Unit.

The arrest, he said, was done at a business establishment on North Road.

Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Ferrier in connection with the July 17, 2009 arson of the Ministry of Health, Brickdam, Georgetown.

He had been granted GYD$350,000 bail. The prosecutor had said that Ferrier had been positively identified by an eyewitness. He was jointly charged with Clayton Westford, 19, of Lot 7 West La Penitence, an office assistant at the Ministry of Finance and 21-year-old Tedenna Bagot, a pork-knocker, of 32 Second Street Alexander Village, with unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to the Ministry of Health’s building.