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Deputy Director of Prisons sent on leave; Camp Street head says “sorry”

  Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has revealed that effective immediately, the Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels has been asked to proceed on leave following the unrest at the Camp Street prison. Samuels, along with Officer in Charge of the Camp Street Prison Kevin Pilgrim were fingered by prisoners on Friday, as having left fellow prisoners to die. However, ...

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6 more prisoners injured as unrest quelled; compensation for families being considered

Prisoners on Friday called for the Officer-in-Charge of the Georgetown Prison, Superintendent Kevin Pilgrim to be fired,  saying that he must be dealt with because he allegedly had a hand in the death of their fellow inmates. Calm has since been restored to the Georgetown Prison following a meeting between a delegation of prisoners and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan ...

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BREAKING: Prisoners threaten to ignite gas cylinder, gasoline in standoff with security forces

The situation at the Georgetown Prison deteriorated Friday morning, with inmates threatening to light a cooking gas cylinder and a tank containing gasoline. Fire was set to another section, causing fire fighters to go into action even as efforts were being made to get the inmates back in their cells. The prisoners not only stoned prison wardens and police but ...

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No Normalcy! Prisoners still rioting

For a third day fire tenders have been summoned to the Camp Street prisons to counter fires that have been set by prisoners. Reports indicate that around 07:00 on Friday morning prisoners continued their rioting lighting another mattress. The fire service promptly responded and was able to out out the blaze. Four fire tenders still remain at the scene given ...

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Fresh unrest at Georgetown Prison

In the wake of the fiery death of 16  inmates of the Georgetown Prison,  prisoners there Friday morning  began fresh unrest. Police were summoned to the maximum security prison to respond to the inmates making loud noises in one of the corridors, a top police officer told Demerara Waves Online News. The police officer said the prisoners were also pelting ...

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Ramjattan stands by CANU against Dataram’s drug trafficking allegations

Public  Service Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan is confident that  Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) would not be found culpable of  drug trafficking, in the wake of allegations made by self-confessed drug trafficker Barry Dataram. “We were all there at the (National Security) Committee and we decided that , yes, once there is this allegation, whether it comes from a criminal, let’s have ...

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Guyana promises US to extradite persons

Guyana has promised the United States (US) to facilitate the extradition of wanted persons, but so far the coalition-led administration has not received any request from the North American country. In its 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), the State Department  noted that the 10-month old coalition government has pledged to cooperate on a range of issues including the ...

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BREAKING: Prisoners attempt to burn Georgetown Prison again

In less than 24 hours, inmates late Thursday morning again attempted to burn the Georgetown Prison for a fourth time. At about 11:15 AM, thick clouds of smoke could be seen billowing from the penitentiary which houses both remanded and convicted prisoners. Reliable sources on the scene said they heard a loud explosion and moments after saw thick smoke from ...

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