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Venezuelans nabbed in go-fast boat with cocaine, fuel

Two Venezuelans were Friday arrested in a go-fast boat with more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine and a large quantity of fuel at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, in a joint operation by the the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), an official said Saturday. Director of CANU, James Singh said one of the Venezuelans is believed to ...

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UN Human Rights Committee, Guyana differ on if “credible” vs “verifiable and factual info” used to question govt

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) and the Guyana government on Thursday remained at loggerheads over the basis for several questions about corruption and governance, with the UN body saying its sources were “credible” and the administration maintaining that it was more about what was “verifiable and factual.” “We made it very clear with the delegation that when we ...

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Commission of Inquiry into 2002-2006 violence will be held- Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday announced that a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into extrajudicial killings between 2002 and 2006 that had been promised by the then coalition administration would be held. “The government will be going ahead with this COI because the UN wants it, Granger wanted it and I hope that there will be no prevarication anymore. There ...

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Jagdeo, Norton in bitter row over recruitment of Bangladeshis, other foreign healthcare workers

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Thursday accused the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration of failing to pay healthcare workers more but was preparing to hire Bangladeshis and other foreign healthcare workers at higher salaries, but Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo said they would be paid the same as Guyanese. “You cannot bring Bangladeshis, bring whoever you want to bring and ...

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US law enforcement agents detain senior Guyana Police officer at JFK airport

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday confirmed that Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Major Crimes Unit, Superintendent Mitchell Caesar was detained by United States law enforcement agents at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. “From what I gather, a report was made to the superior officer or the senior officer of that policeman so that will engage the ...

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Guyanese and Caribbean legal luminary, Retired Justice Desiree Bernard dies

Internationally recognised Guyanese and Caribbean jurist, Retired Justice Desiree Bernard died on Thursday morning peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Trinidad, her daughter, Carol Bernard, said. She turned 85 years old on 2nd March, 2023. “She went just as she lived—peacefully,” her daughter told Demerara Waves Online News. The late Ms Bernard began her legal career in 1964 ...

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UN Human Rights Committee tells Guyana to address “root causes of corruption”

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on Thursday asked Guyana to take steps to stamp out corruption especially in law enforcement agencies, public procurement and the oil sector as a matter of priority and ensure that all anti-corruption bodies are truly independent “The Committee urges the State party to adopt concrete measures to address the root causes of corruption ...

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UN Human Rights Committee “concerned” about 2002-2006 extrajudicial killings; calls for investigations, compensation to families

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on Thursday said it was concerned by reports of extra-judicial killings in Guyana including by the police force and that virtually nothing has been done to probe such deaths during a five-year long violent crime spree. “The Committee is concerned that the alleged extrajudicial killings that occurred between 2002 and 2006 have not ...

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Struck down GDF soldiers weren’t easily visible on dark Linden-Soesdyke Highway- truck driver

The three Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers, who were struck down by a truck on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway while on an annual 30 kilometre walk, were wearing dark clothing in the dark thoroughfare, the driver told police investigators. “The lorry driver alleges that he was proceeding South along the eastern side of Madewini Road when he suddenly saw three persons ...

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‘Gun butt’ shot while enquiring about incident involving stepson

A man was shot and injured Wednesday night in Warlock, East Ruimveldt after he went to enquire from five youths why they moments earlier took advantage of his stepson, the Guyana Police Force said Thursday. Investigators said they were informed that 41-year old Calvin ‘Gun Butt’ Johnson of East Ruimveldt Trench Road was shot and has been hospitalised in a ...

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