‘Death squad’ probe
Police remain tight-lipped
July 4, 2004
The Guyana Police Force remains tight-lipped on whether they will seek a statement from Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj as they probe allegations of the operations of a ‘death squad’.
The investigations were launched following the receipt of two affidavits sworn to by the now dead self-confessed ‘death squad’ informant George Bacchus.
Bacchus had claimed that the ‘death squad’ was set up to hunt down and kill dangerous criminals under the direction of Minister Ronald Gajraj.
The Minister is at the centre of the allegations that claimed that he headed the operations.
Police Commissioner Winston Felix had told journalists at a recent media conference that no one will be spared in the investigations.
“Wherever the investigations lead us we will follow. If your name is called we will be coming for you ..in due time,” the Commissioner had stated.
When asked about the remarks, Commissioner Felix expressed the hope that it is not taken out of context.
However so far there is no report that a statement was obtained from Minister Gajraj.
Several policemen whose names were mentioned in the affidavit were placed under close arrest, but were released last week.
Minister Gajraj has reportedly proceeded on leave to facilitate a commission of inquiry into the allegations of the ‘death squad’.