Guyanese killed, beaten in Brazilian prisons
- one killed, several beaten
Guyanese prisoners in neighbouring Brazil are being killed and brutalized and there appears to be no diplomatic representation for their plight.
To this end a group of concerned Guyanese is calling for urgent diplomatic intervention into the alleged physical abuse of their countrymen who are being held in Brazilian prisons.
The appeal comes in the wake of the murder of a Guyanese prisoner in the Boa Vista penitentiary, Cadeo Publico, and the brutal beating of several others at the Monte Crista prison in Brasilia.
According to reports, the murder and beatings are carried out by Brazilians who appear to be targeting foreign nationals in prisons throughout the largest South American country.
Reports reaching this newspaper have indicated that Guyanese Kevin Dookwah was murdered in his cell at the Cadeo Publico Prison a month ago.
More recently seven Guyanese inmates at the Monte Crista penitentiary suffered a severe beating at the hands of a gang of Brazilians headed by a notorious drug dealer.
“The fact is that these prisoners (Brazilians) taking advantage of the foreign prisoners over there. They break one ah dem boys hand, they beat dem bad. Dem boys say that about sixty something prisoners attack dem,” a source told this newspaper.
The recent beatings are apparently in retaliation for the beating of the relative of a notorious imprisoned Brazilian drug dealer by Venezuelan authorities.
“These men just start beating all foreigners in the jail, Guyanese, Venezuelan and Surinamese,” the source said.
“Kevin Dookwah was killed in Boa Vista month before the last. The Brazilian prisoners hang he in the prison over there. De man was a good cook over there,” Kaieteur News was told.
“The Guyanese dem ain’t get no rights deh; They can’t come out fuh sun bathe, they can’t get visiting at all in deh, dey can’t get no rights at all,” the source added.
But while the incidents have left relatives of the victims in despair, the representation by Guyana diplomatic officials in Brazil leaves much to be desired.
One concerned Guyanese who has close links to Brazil indicated that the Guyana representative in Boa Vista is doing very little to engage Brazilian prison authorities with a view to addressing the matter.
“We asked the Guyana Consul in Boa Vista if she look into the matter and she ain’t doing nothing much,” the frustrated Guyanese told Kaieteur News.
However, according to reports, the Consul did visit the Monte Crista prison to investigate the matter but was told by the Director there that nothing had occurred and that everything was under control.
“She never meet with the prisoners to hear what they have to say.”
“We want y’all publish this thing so that these people at de embassy over there could do something fuh these boys. Dem Guyanese deh bad boy,” the source pleaded.
Yesterday, a concerned group of Guyanese met with the Brazilian Consul in Lethem and raised the issue.
According to the source, the Brazilian official assured them that he would be writing to his superiors about the situation.
“The man was angry that our people were not doing anything,” the source said.
“They got a Brazilian prisoner who murder a 14-year old boy at Puruni and he in jail in Guyana and nobody never cruel he or do anything to other Brazilian in jail here,” he added.