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“Anything could have happened” – Fire Chief recalls possibility of major prison breakout

Fire Chief Marlon Gentle has testified that anything could have happened during the Camp Street Prison riot – citing the possibility of a major prison escape at the principal penal center in Guyana. Gentle made the statement while giving testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison disturbances on Wednesday. He was one of three officials that ...

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Public Security Minister expresses confidence in Police Commissioner

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday dismissed stakeholder concerns pertaining to “strange” administrative recommendations made by Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud- virtually stating his confidence in the Police Chief. “He (Commissioner) is not abusing  anything,” Ramjattan insisted when asked his opinion on the scrapping of the Strategic Management Department (SMD). “I thought it (SMD) outlived its time and I personally said ...

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Police Commissioner denies objecting to firearm management system

Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud has denied objecting to the introduction of a computerized system that is geared to track legal and illegal firearms. “In the four years of the development of the Firearm Management Module the Commissioner of Police has never objected to the module, and he did not object at the recent meeting at the Ministry of Public ...

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Firearm management module fitted for Security Ministry, despite Police Commissioner’s objection

The Public Security Ministry has accepted a firearm management module, despite strong objection by Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud on grounds that there is still outstanding work on the software to link several other databases. The computer module was constructed to aid with proper gun management that allow the immediate verification of a legal or illegal firearm. However, a well- placed police ...

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International review of audit reports, independent legal advice needed- AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC) wants an independent review of several audit reports and the hiring of independent legal advisors to determine if anyone should be charged, to avoid claims of a witch-hunt. “The party is of the view that the series of audit reports into apparent irregularities in various government agencies should be supplemented by a review by experienced ...

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Police Force’s Strategic Management Dept to close; Rohee didn’t understand its role — Police Commissioner

The Strategic Management Department (SMD) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is being closed down because it has outlived its usefulness, according to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud. “The Guyana Police Force has outgrown the Strategic Management Department,” he told Demerara Waves Online News. Persaud said the 12-member civilian staff is being gradually phased out as their contracts expire. Meanwhile, well-placed ...

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America Street money-changer robber jailed

One of the men accused of robbing two America Street money-changers late last year was Friday found guilty and jailed for five years. Troy Abrams was found guilty by Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan, based on witnesses’ accounts of the lighting conditions, identification of the accused and prior knowledge of Abrams. The charge against Anthony Primo of West Ruimveldt was discontinued ...

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Rape-accused Wauna farmer charged with killing policeman

A North West District farmer was Friday charged with the stabbing death of a policeman more than one month ago at Matthews Ridge while efforts were being made to arrest him. Dennis Marks, 38, of Wauna Creek was not required to plea to the indictable charge that he murdered policeman, Leonard La Rose while acting in the execution of his ...

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Police Force’s professional responsibility officer on bribery charges

A former policewoman, who was attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), has been charged with allegedly taking more than GYD$162,000 and one television as bribes to drop a simple larceny charge against a man. Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan granted GYD$100,000 bail to Suzette Cornette whose pleaded not guilty to four charges. She has to ...

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Daughters among four charged for brutal murder of Non-Pariel man

  Four persons were today charged at the Sparendaam Magistrates Court for the murder of Roger Manikam who was found dead on the Coldingen Public road at the weekend. Manikam’s daughters 19-year-old Nalini Manikam and her 12-year-old sister along with two males were jointly charged with murder before Magistrate Zamina Ali-Seepaul. According to prosecution facts, the murder plot was masterminded ...

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