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Prime Minister says Sean Hinds was on recce of private residence

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Saturday said self-confessed death squad member, Sean Hinds, was seen outside his private residence apparently conducting surveillance probably for a possible hit.

“We have information that some days ago that Sean Hinds had been parked in a car in the vicinity of my residence and neighbours were alerted, the police were summoned and the vehicle drove away very fast,” he told reporters.

The Prime Minister, who lives at Liliendaal/North Sophia, East Coast Demerara, said he was convinced that the person seen in the vehicle was Hinds at about 8 PM on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. He said the vehicle was traced, but eventually records revealed that the license plate number does not match the vehicle’s colour.

The Prime Minister believed that based on the information provided, Hinds was allegedly on “some kind of recky (reconnaissance) around where I was living and he would have to explain how that was connected to other events.

“If I was an asset or I was a target, I believe that Sean Hinds would have to come and explain,” said Nagamootoo, recalling that he had previously confronted Hinds at City Hall and told him that “I understand he has interest in me and he laughed and he didn’t say much on that occasion.”

Police have said that Hinds is wanted in connection with a probe into a “serious offence” but it has nothing to do with the killing of political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing on March 10, 2015 at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.  “I think it was out of that event a heightened police interest in Sean Hinds that he might have decided to seek refuge at Freedom House for that or whatever thing he did,” said the Prime Minister.

Nagamootoo said he was informed that another vehicle, a black vehicle believed to the property of a former top legal mind for the recently defeated People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration, arrived from the opposite direction. “We have alerted the police and apparently since then they have been trying to contact Sean Hinds,” he said.

The Prime Minister dodged questions about whether Hinds should be taken into protective custody to ensure that he is not killed or injured before he could tell investigators all that he knows about the existence of a death squad and other criminal activities. “I can’t speak for Mr Hinds. Mr. Hinds doesn’t work for me. I was not one of his handlers…Those are questions you would want to put to the Commissioner of Police and those in the security sector,” said Nagamootoo. Hinds has appeared on the privately-owned HGPTV Nightly News saying that he had been working with the Criminal Investigations Department in hunting down heavily armed criminals after the escape of heavily armed criminals from the Georgetown Prison in  February 2002. Hinds has also implicated two former members of the Guyana Police Force in the killing of political activist Ronald Waddell.

The Prime Minister said he was trying now to ascertain whether Rajput Naraine, a former bodyguard to then Attorney General Anil Nandlall, had sought to infiltrate the Alliance For Change (AFC) as a member and “backup security” to him. Nagamootoo recalled the gentleman telling him that he had worked with either the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit or the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).  “I think there might have been a wider conspiracy that we don’t know of and this is where I would expect that the police should follow all leads to see whether there was a criminal syndicate that was attached to the PPP. I have a suspicion that there might have been,” he said.

Nandall has sought to distance himself from Naraine, saying he had only worked with him from March 15, 2015 for four days and then he was let go because he was dissatisfied with his services.

The former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has denied any unsavoury links to the death of Crum-Ewing who had protested almost daily outside his office following comments he had made in a private conversation with a Kaieteur News newspaper reporter.