Does this mean the end of the phantom squad?
Stabroek News
January 9, 2004

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Dear Editor,

The disclosure that '...death squad informant speaks out' (01/08/04) offers to many of us a ray of hope that this may be the beginning of the end of the nightmare of phantom squads, and the slew of extrajudicial killings we have all been condemned to suffer.

It also raises questions regarding the conclusions tabled in the Disciplined Services Commission (DSC) interim report on extrajudicial killings in the society- a matter, which it appears, only Maggie Beirne had the courage to seriously seek to address.

Notwithstanding the fact that this gentleman comes to us with dirty hands, it behoves the authorities to obligate itself with the protection of this rather unique source of 'empirical' evidence (always lacking according to official government sources) as to the existence of the amorphous 'phantom squad'!

It might be wishful thinking, but it would be a wondrous event if the actual triggermen could find similar courage to abandon their bloody ways and finger those really responsible for the meaningless killings that have left an ugly stain on our national psyche.

Aren't there mechanisms for a 'plea bargain' in the judicial process in Guyana?

Yours faithfully,

Lawrence Houston