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Updated: Former Magistrate Fazil Azeez shot; AFC condemns attack

Former Magistrate and Radio Broadcaster Fazil Azeez was Saturday shot to his abdomen during an attempt to rob him, police said.

Azeez’s condition is listed as stable.

Police said in a statement that Azeez, currently a practicing attorney, was admitted to a city hospital in a stable condition.

Police said in its statement that at about 1155 AM Saturday April 25, 2015, Azeez of Dowding Street, Kitty, was at Eccles, East Bank Demerara, when he was held up by a man armed with a firearm who demanded cash. 

“Azeez resisted and was shot to his abdomen by the armed man who escaped after persons in the area came out upon hearing the discharge of the firearm,” according to a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, the Alliance For Change+ A Partnership for National Unity (APNU+AFC) condemned the attack on Azeez and wished him a speedy recovery.

“The Coalition has received credible reports that Azeez was not robbed during the attack. Azeez is known for his principled stance against corruption, crime and poor governance,” said the opposition grouping.

According to the political organisation, Azeez was a friend of APNU+AFC and is especially close to Prime Ministerial candidate Moses Nagamootoo. The two practiced together after studying and graduating from the Hugh Wooding Law School, University of West Indies in 2002.

Azeez served as General Manager of the now defunct Guyana Broadcasting Corporation while Nagamootoo served as Minister of Information. Nagamootoo visited Azeez in hospital after his surgery. Nagamootoo also visited FyuseHoosein, a businessman who was also shot in Georgetown on Friday.

Azeez was also one of the Muslim leaders who met with Presidential Candidate David Granger and Prime Ministerial Candidate Nagamootoo on Thursday last.

“The Coalition appeals to the Muslim community of the West Coast and West Bank Demerara to stand firm in this difficult time.”