President Bharrat Jagdeo has admitted that the security forces have used ‘excessive’ forces in the past in an attempt to extort information from arrested persons.
However, according to the Head of State, this practice has not been institutionalised in Guyana, pointing out that he cannot stop every abuse or bribery within the security forces.
Addressing the issue of image, in relation to the recent reports of torture by the armed forces, the Head of State said that he is not worried, that he is not afraid of anything.
The Head of State threw some low punches when he declared that should any tribunal seek him for the violation of human rights of Guyanese, he can assure that he will not be taken away.
“I am ready at any day to have a look into our Human Right record…Corbin and mine…and I can assure you the person that will be taken away to any tribunal will not be me, if we were to look at the violation of people’s rights.”
Compared with many countries in the world, he said, Guyana’s record is ‘good’ on governance and even human rights of people.
Visibly battered, shaking uncontrollably and unable to walk, Troy Small called ‘Cats’ was released from the Alberttown Police Station and was immediately rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for medical attention last week Wednesday.
Small, an alleged victim of torture at the hands of men believed to be members of the Guyana Defence Force, was released on $10,000 bail, after spending two days and nights at the Alberttown Police Station, where he was dumped on the previous Monday night.
Police said they are still treating Small as a suspect in the arson that flattened two buildings housing the Ministry of Health on Brickdam.
However, they have not revealed if there is anything incriminating against Small, who works as a labourer, building tombs in Le Repentir Cemetery.
The President said that the issue was being blown to an extent where it masks the act of the fire and the persons who may very well be behind the act.
He posited that it has all been a smokescreen for people not to see the real issue. The Ministry of Health, on Brickdam, went up in flames in the dead of the night two weeks Friday and the Head of State has since offered $25M reward for the suspected arsonist given that several Molotov Cocktails (Channa Bombs) were recovered from the scene in the aftermath.
The Health Minister has since denounced the fire as an act of terrorism.
He told the media that while the attack is clearly a criminal case of arson, it is in fact despicable.
He said that it is shocking and shameful that anyone would have selected the Ministry for such an expression of terrorism.
Following the attack on the Health Ministry two other bottles containing chickpeas, nails and a wick were discovered at a section of the Ministry of Hydraulics and Public Works.
On Monday last Clayton Westford, 19, of Lot 7 West La Penitence; and Tedenna Bagot, 21, of 32 Second Street, Alexander Village were charged for the arson. On Wednesday, Keith Ferrier became the third person to be charged. He too appeared in court and was refused bail.
On the run are 31-year-old Kurt Thierens, called ‘Bage’, or ‘Glasses’, of Lot 102 Middle Walk, Buxton, and Colin Jones, 20, called ‘Bunny’, of Lot Three West La Penitence. They escaped from the Providence lockups on Monday last.
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