Oct 12, 2008 News Comments Off on Assault, kidnapping charges withdrawn against Merai
After more than a year, attorneys for businessman Mark De Abreu have withdrawn private criminal charges filed against Senior Superintendent of Police Steve Merai.
The matter was withdrawn on Friday before Magistrate Nigel Hawke, after attorneys on both sides came to an agreement that they will no longer proceed.
De Abreu, through his attorneys Nigel Hughes and Mark Waldron, had instituted seven private criminal charges, ranging from kidnapping to assault, against Senior Superintendent Merai.
The matter was first called before Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys, and Merai was placed on self bail.
Commencement of the case was postponed on several occasions, and it appeared as if the matter was going nowhere, since no witness was ever called and De Abreu failed to show up for several hearings.
At the time of the allegations, Merai was in charge of police patrols in the city.
It is alleged that during one of the operations, De Abreu was picked up and placed into police custody.
The charges stemmed from this police action.
The attorneys for De Abreu gave no reasons for the withdrawal of the charges against the police officer.
Merai was represented at Friday’s hearing by attorney-at-law Glen Hanoman, who told Kaieteur News that the charges were ill-conceived.
Merai, the former operational head of the now defunct Target Special Squad, has been a controversial figure for a number of years, being accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings, several of which have been ventilated in the courts through inquests.
He was also accused of bent-arm tactics when his voice appeared on a controversial tape recording.
That matter died a natural death when the other party declined to give evidence against the policeman.
Merai is now confined to a desk job, having been overlooked for promotion for several years.
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