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Daily Archives: July 21, 2016

Referendum on death penalty if there’s deadlock- Granger

President David Granger said he was open to holding a referendum on whether the death penalty should be abolished if there is a deadlock, hinting very strongly that he was opposed to external forces dictating what Guyana should do. “There has been a moratorium of over two decades and what I would say is that if the Cabinet were to consider ...

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CANU cleared of Barry Dataram’s allegations

  elf-confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram’s allegations that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU)‎ has been involved in facilitating drug trafficking instead of fighting it have. no merit, President David Granger said Thursday. ‎”I would say generally that Mr Barry Dataram:s allegations‎ are without foundation. The Commission did find other areas that require administrative attention,” he said on his weekly television ...

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Guyana govt “not in a rush” to hold death penalty consultations

A day after a top international human rights activist called on Guyana to repeal the death penalty for terrorism and other offences for which there is capital punishment, government on Thursday ruled out consultations any time soon to do so. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, who chaired the post-cabinet press conference, said from all indications government was “not in ...

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Fund to finance telecoms services in uneconomical areas

by Gary Eleazar Communities across the country with no access to telecommunication services will soon be accommodated through a special fund to be set up, as part of the provisions under the recently approved Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, elucidated this point on Wednesday when he appeared before the Standing Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources. ...

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SARU Chief rejects PPP’s “witch hunt” claims

by Gary Eleazar Head of Guyana’s State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU), Professor Clive Thomas has rejected outright claims by the opposition Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) that the agency is engaged in a ‘witch-hunt’ against its members, since it is merely probing complaints made. In fact, he said it was the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo -led administration which signed the international ...

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Special prosecution team likely for high profile state asset cases

A team of Special Prosecutors is to be established to help convict persons for various corruption offences that are being probed by law enforcement authorities, government announced on Thursday. “We would prefer to have a more studied approach so that for these cases which are, of course, of public interest and concern we have a strong prosecuting team to preside ...

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