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Mahdia fire: Multiple murder accused remanded

A female student of the Mahdia Secondary School was Monday arraigned on 19 counts of murder at last week’s fire at the school’s dormitory. She appeared virtually before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Diamond Magistrate’s Court and was remanded to custody until July 4, 2023. At that time, the court is expected to receive statements and disclosure. P0lice said the ...

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Unshackled suspected ‘Smallie’ accomplice shot dead after snatching, cranking firearm at Joint Services patrol

A man, said to be an accomplice of mass  murder convict, Royden ‘Smallie’ Williams, was shot dead after he allegedly snatched away a gun from a member of the Joint Services and attempted to crank it in the direction of the patrol, the Guyana Police Force said in a statement. Dead is 33-year old Neon Howard of Friendship, East Coast ...

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Mahdia schoolgirl to be charged with murder of 19 schoolmates

The Mahdia Secondary School student, who allegedly burned down the institution’s dormitory and caused the death of 19 schoolmates, would be charged with murder, police said Sunday. “Legal advice was obtained to charge the suspect with 19 counts of murder,” Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Assistant Police Commissioner Wendell Blanhum said. Police had earlier alleged that the girl started ...

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Accomplice dead in shootout; Royden “Smallie” Williams still on the run

A man believed to be an accomplice convicted mass murderer, Royden “Smallie” Williams was shot dead Sunday. “Intelligence led to a confrontation with one of the accomplices, who was fatally shot,” police said in a statement. Police did not immediately name the dead man. Police said no firearm was recovered in the shootout at St Mary’s Logging Area,  Essequibo River, ...

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DNA results back: 13 remaining Mahdia fire victims identified; Hess oil company, Mount Sinai thanked for assisting

The unrecognised burnt remains of the remaining 13 children are now positively identified based on the results of DNA tests that were returned from the United States (US) earlier Friday,  according to Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony. ” The Government of Guyana is in a position now to release these bodies to the families of the deceased for funeral arrangements,” ...

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Opposition’s case to stop Local Govt polls over boundaries too late; billions already spent- Attorney General

Attorney General Anil Nandlall has asked the High Court to be made a party to an opposition case that seeks to postpone the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections (LGE) by challenging 37 constituency boundaries in 19 local government areas, saying that lawsuit was filed too late and that already government has spent GY$2.9 billion to prepare for the polls. ...

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Opposition, other stakeholders must be involved in establishing Commission of Inquiry into deadly Mahdia fire

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Friday welcomed President Irfaan Ali’s announcement that there would be a commission of inquiry into the burning to death of 19 children in the dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School but demanded that the  opposition and other relevant stakeholders be involved in crafting the terms of reference and picking the panel. “Such a commission must ...

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Commission of Inquiry into deadly Mahdia fire- Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday night announced that a Commission of Inquiry would be held into last Sunday night’s fire at the dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School that killed 18 schoolgirls and one boy. Addressing a night of remembrance in Lethem,  the southern Guyanese town near the border with Brazil, to mark Guyana’s 57th Independence anniversary and mourn the ...

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Jagdeo not opposed to biometrics at polling stations, electronic voting- Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday revived the prospect of using a biometric identification system at polling stations and electronic voting, amid an unrelenting campaign by the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC). “That is what can help enormously at the polling places; that is what we’ve advocated for,” he told a news conference at ...

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Jagdeo concerned that civil society, opposition using international conventions to target government

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said he told a European Union 2020 Election follow-up observer mission that he was worried that if Guyana adopts a number of international conventions into domestic law, politically motivated civil society organisations could use them to target the government. “I pointed out to the EU mission that when you sign ...

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