Regardless of the nature of the business a man may be involved in, if that person is murdered, it is the responsibility of the police to diligently pursue investigations to determine and bring to justice that man’s killers.
Even if that person is involved in illegal activities, the police still have an obligation to track down his or her killers. The fact that he may be on the wrong side of the law does not mean that his death should not be thoroughly investigated.
There have been many cases in Guyana where persons suspected or speculated to be in illegal activities, including trafficking in narcotics, were killed. These cases have gone cold. It seems as if they will never be defrosted.
There have been many drive-by shootings in recent years in Guyana. The circumstances of the case point to a hit. This may be followed later by another hit or what appears to be a counter hit. When all the hits have subsided it seems as if no one is ever brought to justice.
Not so long ago, a man said to be an associate of someone who was believed to be involved in the narco-trade was gunned down at a club in Georgetown.
Not long after this, the man’s driver was gunned down while reversing his car out of a yard. Then later another associate of the first man killed was slaughtered in his home. To date, no one has been charged with any of these murders.
There have been several other cases like these. A few years ago, a man was riddled with bullets while in Diamond. He was suspected to have been involved in underhand business.
There have been many others. It is worthwhile investigating how many of the murders of persons suspected to have been involved in certain underhand activities were ever solved.
The Guyana Police Force has a point to prove. It should prove this point. It should indicate how many of the cases, in which persons who were suspected to have been involved in illegal drugs were killed, have been solved. It should try to disabuse whatever reservations the public may have that somehow it has a poor record when it comes to solving these types of crimes.
There are serious implications involved. It is obvious that there are assassins out there. And it seems as if there is a strong chance of these assassins not being caught.
This can only encourage and embolden these hired killers and this is dangerous for the security of citizens because it means that if you have a little squabble with someone that person may be able to hire someone to bump you off and may very well get away with that crime.
The danger for Guyanese society is that while the vast majority of its citizens are law abiding, they too can become victims.
The police therefore have to give greater assurance to citizens that those who carry out these assassinations will be caught and brought to justice and that the best prosecution will be deployed to ensure that they are put behind bars for life.
Increasingly ever day, the impression is being cultivated, whether rightly or wrongly, whether by fact or by fiction, that there are sections of the underworld who somehow have insulated themselves from being caught for the crimes they have committed. And this is not good at all.
Each month you read stories about persons caught trafficking narcotics through the airport.
And in almost every case, the persons caught are brought to the courts and tried. There has hardly been a case, if ever at all, of the person who supplied the drugs being charged. Is there no system of plea-bargaining at work whereby the person apprehended can provide evidence in return for a plea deal.
Each month also you read about persons apprehended with illegal guns. More often than not they are sentenced to prison. But there was only one case of note in which the person who supplied the gun in the first place was ever charged. Why?
Is it that all the investigators are concerned about is charging the person found with the gun? Are they not also interested in who supplied the gun?
It is therefore hoped that with this new strategic planning team in place that one of its first actions would be not only to develop statistics about crime patterns in general but specifically about just how many cases involving hits were solved. This will be a good start.
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