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Suspect in Bouterse murder trial commits suicide

By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – Ruben Rozendaal, a co-defendant in the mass murder trial against Suriname president Desi Bouterse, allegedly committed suicide late Friday night in his apartment in Paramaribo. According to several reliable sources the body of the 61-year old, was found around 10 o’clock local time and subsequently police were called to investigate. Rozendaal’s left arm was cut ...

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ExxonMobil helping Guyana pay legal fees in World Court Guyana-Venezuela border case- sources, but Harmon says ‘no’

The United States (US) oil giant has agreed to help pay Guyana’s legal fees, amounting to just over US$15 million, for taking of the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the World Court, despite a government denial earlier Thursday. Other high-level government sources said  that the so-called US$20M signing bonus from Exxon “is to assist with the border process as the UN ...

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Govt violated Constitution in blocking Police promotions- High Court

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday ruled that the Executive violated Guyana’s constitution by instructing the Police Service Commission (PSC) not to proceed with the promotion of several senior officers of the Guyana Police Force. The High Court also awarded GY$200,000 in costs to Attorney-at-Law, Rajendra Jaigobin in whose name the constitutional challenge was filed by Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall on ...

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Guyana’s Attorney General criticises CCJ decision, says it ignores public interest

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams on Thursday slammed the Caribbean Court of Justice- Guyana’s final appeal court- for striking out a request by the State to hear an appeal although the stipulated deadline had passed. CCJ President, Justice Dennis Byron has dismissed the request to hear an appeal against the Trinidad-based company, DIPCON Engineering, and has ...

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Cease comments on the High Court challenge to the GECOM Chairman’s appointment

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire Thursday urged lawyers for both sides in a case challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to stop expressing opinions in the media about the matter. She asked the parties to cease “trying the case in the court of public opinion”. Her call was issued before she set ...

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PPP’s GECOM Chairmanship case “irrelevant, speculative, malicious, frivolous and vexatious”- Solicitor General; Aubrey Norton, Anil Nandlall at odds

Government wants the High Court to dismiss a case by the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) aimed at quashing the appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Among the grounds cited by Solicitor General, Kim Kyte is that President David Granger was not obliged to accept one of Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 ...

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Berbice goldsmith sentenced to 21 years for killing friend he owed

A 40-year-old Berbice goldsmith, who was on trial at the Berbice High Court for the murder of his friend, was Wednesday sentenced to 21 years imprisonment after a mixed jury found him guilty of the lesser count of manslaughter. Deon Sunthgolam of Canefield, East Canje Berbice was on trial for the murder of  62-year-old Terrence “Skatchy” Mc Lean of Lot ...

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No jail for “low-level” drug offenders, possessors of small ganja amounts–prison riot inquiry recommends

The Commission of Inquiry into the 2015 fiery disturbances at the Georgetown Prison that killed 17 prisoner has recommended that no one should be jailed for possession of drugs including small amounts of marijuana for personal use, but Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams said Cabinet has not yet considered that aspect of the report. The Report ...

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Reporters threatened again as Berbice trio returns to court on more armed robbery charges

The lives and safety of four media operatives were earlier Wednesday threatened once more as three Berbice men returned to court to face several charges for robbery under arms. The trio- 18-year-old Peter Baker, 22-year-old Leroy Guevara and 28-year-old Aubrey Grant- were further remanded by Magistrate Renita Singh at the Reliance Magistrate Court after they were not required to plea ...

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