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Accused in Health Ministry fire arrested

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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.

  • Col123

    Those gyam fyah days are gone…Its time to move on….No one is even bothering to give any medals to our freedom fighters…

    • Emile_Mervin

      Here’s the kicker in this story: The Ministry of Health was burnt flat to the ground just around the same time explosive testimony in a New York court revealed that former Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy had used his ministry’s stationery to request the purchase of a spy equipment from a Florida company, and that Ramsammy was called by Roger Khan minutes after Ronald Waddell was gunned down, and that Khan regularly met with Ramsammy at both his Brickdam office and at his residence.

      Who do you think really had the true motivation to burn that building? Even if the accused men did it, what was their motivation? Why no other ministry was burnt?

      Maybe Keith Ferrier is not being arrested, but is being detained as a material witness to nail Ramsammy and any other official who might have conspired to burn the ministry to probably destroy evidence that linked Ramsammy to Khan and the Florida company.

      • Col123

        EM…I would have difficulty accepting that these intelligent people wasn’t smart about anything they did..but…the whole world was watching…Why are there no flood of evidence to any accusations?…the security forces always had close ties to the PNC…. I hope that you are not saying that the then opposition ..PNC..are stupid folks!The PNC with the media “exposed the corruption “Do we expect to wait for the evidence until the run to the next election?..something is not right about the accusations which seem to be hitting a wall…

        • Emile_Mervin

          The ‘intelligent’ cabal never thought the PPP would be out of power so they engaged in a mixture of arrogance and abrasiveness. The ‘evidence’ you seek is not something you will easily find by hoping to walk into it; it has to be ferreted out through intelligence gathering. Look, Benschop was locked for almost 5 years on treason charges. Munroe and Morgans were locked up for months on treason charges. Hinckson was locked up for months on sedition charges. But the guys who burned down the Ministry of Health, in a supposedly anti-PPP act, were granted bail. See if you an figure out why I believe the arson was an ‘inside job’ to destroy potentially damning ‘evidence’.

          • Col123

            EM: I believe that judicial processs is essential open economic system in our civil society

          • Emile_Mervin

            Then you wait for the truth and evidence.

          • Col123

            EM…hold it…there WERE evidence of PNC rigging…Did it make it through the court?..No!..There may be evidence of PPP corruption..Let us get it to the court!

          • Emile_Mervin

            Which court? If you say the Guyana court, I am not holding my breath. Look, if it weren’t for the USA renditioning Roger Khan we would never have learned via NY court testimony from Selwyn Vaughn about Khan’s shenanigans, including conspiring to kill Ronald Waddell. We also would never have known about the working relationship with Ramsammy.

            No court on Guyana would have put Khan on trial to allow for such revelations, so when you write about the need for’evidence’, I agree in principle, but just note Guyana is not the United States.

          • Col123

            You made your point about the court system in Guyana….which brings us to the issue of all the current forensic audits and its cost..I agree that we have lost faith in the system…but should we give up and not make it work the way it should….not to pivot , but most professions are governed by ethics…and by licensing bodies… why are we making a mockery and not abiding with any of these international practices???..I know..its money and corruption …

          • Surujpaul Rampersaud

            Justice delayed is justice denied. It seems that Guyana has lost its independence and is taking direction from ACB. Do we have a “failed state” ?

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      Are you suggesting that that those who covertly instigated mayhem to be forgiven. People who go all out to gain power must be exposed. Good never comes out of evil