T&T pathologist for Linden deaths
The Alliance For Change (AFC) in a statement yesterday indicated that it has arranged for a pathologist from Trinidad & Tobago to come to Guyana to witness the post mortem examinations of the three victims of last Wednesday’s police shooting in Linden.
According to the AFC, the pathologist, who is a professor within his field, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
“The relatives of the deceased have requested that the post mortem examinations be delayed until the pathologist arrives in Guyana,” the AFC said in its statement.
Since there is paperwork to be done to facilitate the work of the foreign pathologist, it is not clear when the post mortem examinations will be done.
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud said that the Guyana Police Force has no objection to a foreign pathologist coming to witness the procedure.
“We don’t have any problem with any pathologist…the issue is that the foreign pathologist will have to be granted the work permit…so there are some administrative things that will have to be done,” the Crime Chief said.
The bodies of the three victims were brought to the city by the Guyana Defence Force helicopter last Friday, reportedly to facilitate the post mortem examinations away from the volatile Linden area.
Crime Chief Persaud told this newspaper that local authorities were prepared to go ahead with the process as early as yesterday.
“When a request was made for the relatives to attend the PM today (Monday) they said that they would not be attending…and that their attorney is trying to get some foreign pathologist,” the Deputy Commissioner explained.
He stated that the police will do everything to ensure that there is no case for dissatisfaction on the part of relatives and concerned citizens as a whole.
“We don’t want to go into any process where the integrity of the investigation will be questioned. It doesn’t make sense to go and do something that will be questioned when we already have a public order situation on hand,” the Crime Chief explained.
On Wednesday, last, the police opened fire on demonstrators killing Shemroy Bouyea, 24, Ron Somerset, 19, and Ivan Lewis, 46.
On Saturday, relatives of the three persons on the advice of their attorney filed a report of murder against the police at the Mackenzie Station.
“The police prior to that report were conducting investigations into the shooting. Once we get a report of any nature, we investigate,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud said.