Bacchus family still answering cops questions
June 28, 2004
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Reports are that the police apprehended a female relative when she visited a police station and she is still being held. According to sources the woman had visited the station a day after the murder but was allowed to go.
Reports say that the woman had claimed that she was at a wake at the time of Bacchus' death but has since changed her story. She however maintained that she was not at the house at the time of the man's death.
Bacchus, 51, was shot three times in his face, armpit and leg, on Thursday morning at around 2:40 am at his 76 Princes Street, Lodge, home, while lying in his bed in the second flat of the four-storey house under a window.
According to information the man was shot with .38 revolver and while there were some reports that the weapon might have been buried at the back of the Princes Street house, police dug up certain areas on Saturday and came up empty handed.
A relative of the family had told this newspaper that another relative had informed the police that he had buried the weapon which he had found in the room after the man was found dead.
Information yesterday stated that the relative of the late Axel Williams, who was identified by Bacchus as a senior member of the death squad, was still under close arrest since he is a serving police officer. He was picked up at his home on Friday afternoon and ordered to hand in his service revolver.
Reports say that a Lance Corporal is also still being held as he was one of the persons named in Bacchus' affidavit as being a member of the death squad.
Neighbours were yesterday still reluctant to speak on the shooting, since several men who frequented Bacchus' home were picked up by the police and are being held. Yesterday there were no visible signs of the police at the crime scene and some persons were seen washing out the yard where the man once lived.
Sources yesterday said even though some of the persons in custody had already been held for the maximum 72 hours without a charge being the laid, the police can approach a judge for an extension of the period if they feel that the person has something to do with the crime committed.
According to reports, a police rank who questioned members of the Alpha Dragon Squad based at the Brickdam Police Station, is now being grilled by his colleagues since according to information his action was not officially sanctioned.
Also unofficial was the questioning by police ranks of Bacchus' nephew a few days before Bacchus was killed. These ranks have also been questioned by their colleagues.
Reports were that the men had called the young man to their vehicle and had asked him about Bacchus' whereabouts and whether he slept at home in the nights.
Information has also disclosed that most of the persons who sleep in the house were not at home at the time and neighbours stated that while they had heard gunshots they did not hear any vehicle driving away. Several questions have also been raised as to how the killer(s) gained entry to the house. Investi-gators said that the window under which Bacchus was sleeping was open while other reports indicate that a door was also left unlocked. Observers noted that this was strange for a man who had publicly declared that he was marked for death.
Also questioned by the police was a relative of one of the men who had been charged with the murder of Bacchus' brother earlier this year.
Bacchus' sister, Elaine Bacchus-Williams, told this newspaper from the United States that he only became a father about four months ago and stated that the government and the police should take responsibility for his death.
She charged that both the government and police failed to protect her brother after he had come forward with incriminating information in relation to the activities of the death squad.
According to the woman her family would not be returning to Guyana for the man's funeral as they had gone through hell this year and had had no protection from the authorities.
"My idea of a funeral for George would be to take his body and leave it in front of the (President's) home and (Home Affairs Minister Ronald) Gajraj's home," the woman said.
The woman also took swipe at the local US Embassy saying that it gave her brother false hopes that it would have helped get him safe passage out of the country. The man had initially gone to the embassy in the company of a lawyer to tell officials there about the activities of a death squad.
George is the second brother in the family to die under such circumstances since January 5 when Shafeek Bacchus was gunned down by men in a car.
Commissioner of Police, Winston Felix had told the press following the killing on Thursday that the police had assembled a high level team to investigate the George Bacchus murder and that the police would go in whichever direction the investigation takes them.
Observers say the police are under immense pressure to crack this case because of the possible death squad implications and also because there is a feeling that they should have taken Bacchus' claims more seriously, taken a detailed statement from him and offered him protection.