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Charges against Omar Sharif halted pending High Court advice

It was a bizarre turn of events today in the Georgetown Magistrate Court as city magistrate Fabayo Azore was stopped from reading charges against former Ministry of the Presidency permanent secretary, Omar Shariff.

The entire session lasted less than ten minutes.

An agreement of sorts was made between the prosecution and defense regarding an order made by the Chief Justice in High Court. It is unclear as to what transpired.

The media caught up with Sharif’s defense attorneys outside the court, but they failed to disclose anything further.

Magistrate Azore was requested the reading of the charges be stood down pending further advice from the High Court.

The matter was adjourned to Monday, January 23.

Sharif was a staunch supporter of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) until it lost power in May 2015.

Immediately after its defeat, he remained as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, formerly Office of the Presidency, until his arrest for alleged money laundering and tax evasion.

In a letter dated June 30, 2016 to Mr. Sharif, Minister of State Joseph Harmon wrote, “You will recall having informed me that you are now the subject of an investigation by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force.”

The Minister had informed Sharif in that letter that he should proceed on his Annual Leave from July 1, 2016 to enable him to fully cooperate with the investigation.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Is the case being elevated to High Court level or is the PS a truly self-made multi-millionaire?

  • Gtloyal

    An early SOCU investigation into supposed criminal acts by a public figure involving the peoples’ money and it is already confronting a “… bizarre turn of events …” as soon as it reaches the courts. Is it common practice for instructions to be given that “… charges be stood down pending further advice from the High Court …”? Plus, an “… agreement of sorts was made between the prosecution and defense …”. About what? What for?
    How did the matter reach the High Court if it was being tried in a lower court? Was its intervention solicited by a party? Which?
    Let’s see now how much we are willing to fight corruption, how “neutral” is our justice system, how much it is willing to go against corrupt officials and how far has the tentacles of the corrupt reached.