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Prisoners being “sanitized” of weapons, other prohibited items; inmate who attempted to escape from Lusignan shot

Prisoners at the Lusignan holding area have been burying weapons in the earthen area they have been occupying since last Sunday’s fire that destroyed the Georgetown Prison, but they are being searched individually before they are transferred to other jails, authorities said Thursday. Officials, meanwhile, said the actual number of escapees is six, with four being together and the two ...

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Guyana hopes to invest more cash in youth empowerment from scrapped sugar subsidy, oil revenues- Ramjattan

Guyana hopes to surpass Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica in the amount of monies it gives to youth empowerment and employment by scrapping a multi-billion dollar subsidy to the state-owned Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) and injecting more funds from oil revenues when production begins in 2020, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan says. “This why we are making sure that the bailouts ...

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More prisoners removed from Lusignan; non-custodial penalties for marijuana possession to be fast-tracked

Mazaruni Prison being extended; Lusignan conditions being improved At least 300 of the 1,008 prisoners, who  were displaced by last Sunday’s destruction by fire of the Georgetown Prison, have been allowed to leave the holding facility at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said Wednesday evening. He also announced that construction work at Lusignan continued Wednesday to ...

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Prisoner at Lusignan detention facility chopped; Jagdeo vows no political support for escapees

A prisoner at the Lusignan Prison holding facility was chopped by another inmate, even as authorities continued efforts to reduce the number of inmates who were moved there following last Sunday’s destruction of the Georgetown Prison. The number of inmates has been reduced from just over 1,000. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels confirmed that an inmate was  chopped and treated ...

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Private Sector Commission, Police Commissioner differ on monitoring released prisoners

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Wednesday urged authorities to monitor the expected large number of remanded prisoners who are being released from custody, but Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud almost immediately knocked down the criticism, saying those being released have not committed violent crimes. “They are there for non-violent crimes and there are persons who the court would have already ...

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Eight prison escapees at large- Prisons Director

Nine prisoners were up to Tuesday afternoon believed to have escaped from the Georgetown Prison at the time of Sunday afternoon’s fire that destroyed the penal facility. The Guyana government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) said one of the nine prisoners has since been recaptured. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels was quoted as saying that eight “fugitives on the run. ...

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Updated: Minibus driver shot dead; passenger robbed of bag containing GYD$1,000

A minibus driver from Suddie, Essequibo Coast, was Tuesday shot dead at Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara after a robber snatched a bag from a passenger containing GYD$1,000 and one cellular phone, police said. ‘A’ Division Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner, Marlon Chapman said a suspect was shot by police and arrested allegedly with a handgun in his possession. He was ...

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Updated: One arrested for several guns found in barrel at City wharf

Four handguns were Tuesday afternoon found in a barrel at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNSC) wharf, Georgetown, and already one man has been arrested and another gun allegedly found in his possession, police said. Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum said four 9MM handguns were found in an engine in a barrel. ...

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Commission of Inquiry to probe if police neglected or failed to investigate plot to kill Granger

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) will over the next several weeks come under intense scrutiny over whether the law enforcement agency did enough to probe reports and allegations of a threat to assassinate President David Granger. Heading the Commission of Inquiry is Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Slowe who has been tasked with, among other things, to ascertain if the ...

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Prison population being reduced; prisoners unaccounted for

More than 180 of the just over 1,000 prisoners, who have been dislocated by a fire at the Georgetown Prison, were Monday sent to other prisons, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said. Samuels said 188 inmates, including those sent on their own recognisance by magistrates, were removed from the Lusignan holding facility and the exercise would continue on Tuesday. Demerara ...

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