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Jagdeo & PPP top brass lodge ‘death threat’ reports with Police Commissioner

by Gary Eleazar

FLASH BACK: ACDA’s Executive Member, Eric Phillips addressing the African Holocaust commemorative ceremony at the Georgetown Seawall bandstand area.

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and the members of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) in Parliament, has lodged a report of ‘death threats’ made against him, the party members and their families, with the Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud.

The threat was purportedly issued by Executive Member, of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) of the Ministry of the Presidency, Eric Phillips.  But Phillips has already said that his position on Facebook was in response to several telephone threats he had received since Jagdeo and others were recently questioned by SOCU investigators.  “Over the last few days I have received threatening phone calls while others call and say nothing. This is directly linked to Former president Jagdeo’s purposeful use of my name, especially in Berbice, to incite race into his problems with SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) of which I am not a member,” said Phillips.

The 32 PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) are being represented by Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, and are calling criminal charges to be instituted against Phillips.

The Former AG in a letter dispatched to the Police Commissioner, Persaud, dated March 14, 2017—a copy of which was seen by Demerara Waves—reported that Phillips made the threat in a post on a social media platform on March 10, 2017 against former President Jagdeo and the other members of the PPP along with their families.
According to Nandlall, “…my clients and their respective families are now at the risk of being killed or suffering grievous bodily harm.”

Nandlall in his report, drew reference to the fact that the SARU employee posted “…Jagdeo need to be careful because if anyone in my family or SOCU or SARA’s families are killed or attacked or placed at risk because of this purposeful racist…he needs to understand that he, his cabinet and their families (bar none) will be at the same risk…the only difference is that the response will be significantly disproportionate and very cruel.”

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being escorted into SOCU’s headquarters building by the Head of that agency, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James to be questioned about the acquisition of land at Pradoville 2.

Informing the Police Commissioner he has been instructed to act on behalf of the Opposition Leader and the other members of the PPP MPs and their families, the Attorney said SARU currently has no law enforcement powers “but purports to act as a law enforcement agency.”

According to Nandlall, the outfit is in fact located in the Ministry of the Presidency and “comprises “leading politicians in the Coalition Government.”

He said SARU officials are in the habit of making public pronouncements in the local media, “of investigations which they are conducting; they make outlandish findings of guilt of Ministers and top public servants of the former government without any due process whatsoever…”

He points to allegations of widespread corruption and thievery from the coffers, leveled against the PPP officials without a ‘scintilla of evidence’ and is in fact operating unlawfully.

The former AG in lodging the police report with the Commissioner of Police has also pointed to the activities of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) which he said has effectively been hijacked.

Nandlall is of the view that SOCU has departed from its original mandate and is in fact being used by SARU, “and the political directorate, to investigate concocted allegations of criminality allegedly committed by the former President and now Opposition Leader, his former Cabinet and the Opposition Members of Parliament.”

According to Nandlall in his letter to the Police Commissioner, “in the circumstances, please consider this correspondence as a formal report for and on behalf of my clients who are requesting that you launch and immediate and thorough investigation into this publication (Phillips’ post) and form criminal charges to be instituted as soon as possible, if necessary.”

Nandlall’s missive to the Commissioner of Police has been copied to numerous international bodies such as the Secretary Generals of the United Nations, the Organisation of American States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in addition to Head of State David Granger, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and the Director of Public Prosecutions among other embassies that Guyana shares ties.

Jagdeo on Tuesday had met with media operatives at his party’s Freedom House, Robb Street Headquarters and had called Phillips a political hack when raised the issue of the death threats.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Remember the 400 unsolved murders on Jagdeo’s watch as President and through the instrumentality of Roger Khan? Now the shoe is on the other foot…

    I don’t condone threats to life or actual murders, but this is the kind of environment in which Jagdeo thrived. He even once told the media he was not losing any sleep over the murder spree, even as the government knew Khan was behind it.

    This guy is not good for Guyana. Period. Why didn’t he retire on his loot abroad?

    • Ashley Singh

      Murvin, I would like to remind you of one of your utterances , ” why are the police not killing indians”?

      • Emile_Mervin

        Any such utterance was never in the context of suggesting Indians be killed by anybody, whether police or demented Black freedom fighters. It was used to highlight the police targeting Black people moreso than Indians under the Jagdeo regime.

        Sugar workers struck many times and protested but were never arrested or shot. In Georgetown, some Black folks were street protesting the PPP regime when police opened fire. In Linden, folks were protesting, and police open fire.

        It always seemed easier for police to ‘get the Black guy’, which is why I constantly reference the locking up of Benschops, Munroes, Whartons, Hincksons…

    • Col123

      EM: Actually it was 406…one was found drowned in a canal clutching at his AK 47 .

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  • Lancelot Brassington

    It seems that Nandlall wants the police commissioner to arrest SARU and SOCU for doing what they do. Of recent all I have been seeing is a mixture of panic, desperation and confusion coming from the PPP camp and Nandlall in particular seems to be so confused that he is making legal arguments before the public, aided by Bharat Jagdeo who seems to have joined the legal profession. Save it for the courts Nandlall. That is where silk is earned.
    In spite of threats or apparent threats from the PPP, people like Phillips need to ensure that they are not goaded into making reckless statements in public or on social media. This is playing into the hands of the PPP who are grateful for anything they can get to hold unto. Phillips should know better. I doubt that the PPP would risk harming anyone perceived to be close to the government, or their family. They might commit clandestine acts of sabotage but would shrink from open engagement or overt acts of violence. Let them threaten Phillips. Take the necessary precautions but restrain yourself from responding publicly. When they go low you go high.

  • Gtloyal

    Did KN report to the UN and other international institutions when “people” walked in and gunned down their staff, or when this same messenger, being a senior minister, was recorded “predicting” that the workers will be shot to death. Did minister Satyadeow Sawh ever had a chance to report before he was gunned down during these people’s rule? Did the more than 400 that were killed extra judicially during their party’s reign ever had a chance to report anywhere?
    Weren’t these the same people who, as a government, devised and oversaw the execution of plans where a drug lord led groups of assassins around the country killing anything that looked dark?
    Could they not be the same ones who are behind what Mr Phillips refer to as the “… several telephone threats he had received since Jagdeo and others were recently questioned by SOCU investigators …”?

  • Gtloyal

    You gotta be living in India. That may be the only place where only Indians are robbed and where we see on the news how many little girls are gang raped … and killed … by Indian men.
    “When Jagdeo and the ppp took office there was no ethnic cleansing …” but there was wholesale murder. Four hundred plus extra judicial killings ordered and executed … and that the government, obviously, refused to investigate. And everyone is free to guess what their hair looked like.
    “… afro Guyanese kept their jobs ….” They never even had one! Jagdeo simply refused to employ afroguyanese. Couldn’t even find one qualified to be ambassador nor any who could work on building a hotel.
    “Everyday indo Guyanese are beaten and robbed in their own homes and businesses ….” Yes, set up by fellow indo Guyanese criminals.
    “… how come afro Guyanese homes and businesses don’t face the same dilemma?” Because these indo robbers know where and who to set up to rob … sometimes with colleagues of any other race. Plus, they don’t have the balls to rob afro Guyanese. Indo Guyanese are being robbed and killed by their own people and you can doubt it but that won’t change the fact or make things better. So, welcome to the world of truth.

  • demersra boyz

    Did you have any clue that Burnham was trying to starve the indo guyanese in his rein but the blacks was starving cuz under Burnham buying a loaf of bread was illegal ….and he made the indo guyanese rich off his ban on the daily staple one consume .So shot your mouth.

  • demersra boyz

    You’re coming to light .thank you .these uneducated people don’t want to talk about that, cuz it not them ur there family that were affected. They.probably were part of it.