Authorities take Canadian into custody
Canadian bank official Ian Bailey-Harris who was reported missing over the weekend is now said to be in the custody of Canadian authorities. Kaieteur News was told that Harris arrived at Hotel Tower early yesterday morning.
Sources at the hotel said that Harris came and removed his remaining luggage and was escorted out of the hotel. Kaieteur News understands that Harris was taken by Canadian authorities. He is expected to leave the country shortly.
Relatives on Tuesday said that Harris was not abducted as was feared because he had been in contact with them all the time. This newspaper had managed to speak briefly with one of the man’s close relatives, who confirmed that he was safe. The relative declined further comment.
Bailey-Harris said to be in his thirties, disappeared last Saturday after leaving the Hotel Tower in Main Street. He was reported missing and there was some concern that he might have been kidnapped.
The Canadian was last seen entering a taxi, with three other men, in the vicinity of the hotel. Immigration officials revealed that he did not depart via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
His luggage was also left in his hotel room. Only his passport was missing. Bailey-Harris, who was a guest of the Bank of Guyana, and was here for a conference, booked in at the Hotel Tower on June 5. He was scheduled to book out on Friday and depart the next day.
A hotel manager confirmed that Bailey-Harris went out last Friday and did not return to the hotel until the next day. Around 08:00hrs, he went to the ‘front desk’ and collected a laptop computer. He then informed the staff that he would return at around 10:00hrs to book out.
The hotel manager said that a Bank of Guyana security official was waiting outside to take the Canadian to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
However, the Canadian reportedly informed the official that he was going out with friends. After indicating that he would return shortly, Harris entered a taxi with three male occupants, including the driver, and left. He never returned. A report was subsequently made at the Brickdam Police Station.