Police probing possible overseas links with murder suspects
Guyana Chronicle
October 5, 2002

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POLICE have confirmed that an investigation is being conducted with overseas help to ascertain whether any, or all of the four men recently charged with murdering two taxi drivers have established or were trying to establish links through the Internet with certain persons or agencies overseas.

Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald at a news conference Thursday said an investigation is being conducted but declined to go into details.

In response to a question at the news conference on whether the men allegedly have or were thinking of establishing links with Middle Eastern countries, Mr. McDonald responded:

"It is true that we charged four men in relation to the murders of two taxi drivers (and) during our interrogations we stumbled on some disclosures by one of the men which are being checked out at the moment."

"I'm not in a position to provide you with much more detail as far as that aspect of the investigations is concerned but what I can say is that one of the suspects seems to be very versed in the use of computers and he has had some communications on the Internet with some persons (but) I wouldn't want to go beyond this point at the moment for obvious reasons."

He said one of the men charged "is versed with the computers and he has been in contact with persons from two countries" but the Police Commissioner said he "cannot verify whether he has been in contact with a country or an organisation as such".

This, he said, has "to be verified but we are currently doing some work with some overseas help".

The four men arrested in connection with the murders of two taxi drivers were remanded to prison after they were charged with the capital offence when they appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate, Juliet Holder-Allen on September 17.

They are Rabindra Rooplall, Parsram Alex Tirbeni, Vijay Persaud and Don Rahman.

Rooplall, Tirbeni and Persaud are jointly accused of murdering Mohanlall Lall, 45, of Vlissengen Road, Georgetown last August 30.

The victim's body was found at Studley Park, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara.

Rooplall, Tirbeni and Rahman face a joint accusation that they unlawfully killed Johneil Wilson, between September 11 and 12, last.

The corpse of that deceased was picked up from the Railway Embankment road at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.