Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP),
Omar Shariff was yesterday sent on leave, by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, to facilitate a major probe into money laundering.
Shariff was taken into custody by investigators yesterday morning at his office at Shiv Chanderpaul Drive.
According to the Ministry, in a letter dated June 30, 2016 to Shariff, Minister Harmon wrote, “You will recall having informed me that you are now the subject of an investigation by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force”.
The Minister then informed Shariff in that letter that he should proceed on his annual leave from July 1, 2016 to enable him to fully cooperate with the investigation. Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communities, Abena Moore will take up the role of Acting Permanent Secretary at MOTP.
Shariff was a former Chairperson Steering Committee of the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), an arm of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the current Opposition, and was a candidate for that party in last year’s general elections.
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