Opposition dispatches letter to UN on death squad probe
May 8, 2004
Leader of the Opposition Robert Corbin yesterday fired off a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan inviting him to take immediate steps to persuade the Guyana government to hold an impartial investigation into the death squad allegations swirling around Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj.
According to a press release from the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) yesterday, the letter asked that the UN head to utilise the service of any of the UN agencies deemed fit to conduct an investigation.
The letter stated that members of the opposition parties are willing to send a delegation to meet Annan to explain more fully the details of the "national crisis" and its ramifications for the people of Guyana.
The letter stated that any inquiry must be conducted by highly-regarded and respected persons, be accompanied by a secure witness protection scheme, allow a role for Caricom and other organisations, have the authority to take evidence inside and outside of Guyana and have the power to take evidence in camera as well as in public.
Members of the opposition parties had met one week ago and had decided that an approach to the UN Secretary-General was the way to go. The persons who signed the letter were Corbin for the PNCR, Desmond Trotman for the Working People's Alliance (WPA) and Ravi Dev for Rise, Organise and Rebuild Guyana (ROAR).