Lynching minister without credible evidence would be a great injustice
February 10, 2004
HAVING listened to the media, opposition, government and others in relation to the Bacchus affair and done my own investigations, I have concluded that, in my humble opinion, there is not a shred of evidence to make out a prima faci case against the honorable Minister sufficient to warrant an inquiry or investigation. Ninety five percent of the allegations leveled against the Minister are secondary or hearsay evidence, which is not admissible in a court of law. In my view, Mr. Gajraj has suffered a great injustice.
Anyone who knows the honorable Minister well will know he's an honest person fully committed to discharging the functions of his office in the best interest of the citizens and nation, even if it means breaking the rules in the interest of national security.
Many of those seeking the head of the minister are ignorant of the requirements necessary for the Minister to effectively oversee the maintenance of law, order and stability. One of these requirements in view of a lack of confidence in the Police Force by some members of the public, is the imperative to receive information from persons who may have expressed an interest to assist in the fight against crime, be it convicts, ex-convicts, ex-cops, etc. And because of the nature of the intelligence provided by those persons there is nothing morally or criminally wrong with the Minister giving such persons his cell and other private phone numbers. It may also become necessary for officials to bend the rules in order to protect the lives of these valuable informants, even granting them license to obtain a firearm. This is done in many foreign countries, and it was done right here in Guyana during the PNC's reign in the 70's and early 80's.
In closing, I challenge those after the Minister's head to make public evidence to show the honorable Minister:
(c) Aided and abetted person or persons known or unknown to form a phantom squad with intent to kidnap, murder and/or torture persons. Failing to, I urge you to shut up and back off.
To the Canadian government I say you are guilty of meddling in the domestic affairs of a foreign nation for the wrong reason by revoking the visa of the honorable Minister contrary to your foreign policy. "Shame on you!"
To the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, I say stay your ground, do not succumb to opposition pressures and lynch Minster Gajraj, unless there is credible evidence to acuminate him. To do otherwise would be to do a great injustice to this nation.
To Mr. Gajraj I say, stand tall, hook your cuticle eyes. You have done and are doing an excellent job. To your critics I say, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. He who is without sin let him cast the first stone!"
CLIVE DE NOBREGA - GIBBS