Terms for death squad inquiry must involve all stakeholders
Stabroek News
May 14, 2004

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The terms of reference for an inquiry into the operations of a death squad and alleged involvement of Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj must not be a unilateral decision of the government, says the PNCR.

At its weekly press conference at Congress Place yesterday, the PNCR said the terms must be in a document negotiated by and agreed to by local stakeholders.

The party said that the panel of experts and investigators must be selected and agreed to by stakeholders; there must be clear timelines for the investigation; and the fate of the findings of the enquiries must not be left up to the discretion of President Bharrat Jagdeo.

The PNCR reiterated that it would continue to wage its campaign to have an impartial and independent inquiry into what it calls "state terrorism" until such time as "serious and concrete measures, endorsed by a range of stakeholders are put in place."

So far the party said that it has heard nothing to change its mind and would continue to take part in the rule-of-law activities planned for this week.

Today the party is to take part in a march and public meeting starting at 3 pm.

Commenting on Gajraj's recent public announcement that he wants an independent inquiry into the death-squad allegations levelled against him and that he was prepared to step down to facilitate this, the party said that it has fooled few Guyanese.

The PNCR said that if the announcement was meant to create the impression that the PPP/C has offered some sort of concession, the truth is that they have offered nothing.