Jul 26, 2016 News
Embattled former Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Power Light (GPL), Aeshwar Deonarine, is once again the subject of a court action.
This time, the former GPL Executive, who fled the country following allegations that he conspired with another to steal over $27 Million from the electricity company last year, is suing Kaieteur News for libel.
In a writ filed by his Attorney Murseline Bacchus, Deonarine is claiming $1billion for defamation (libel) contained in unlawful and malicious contents of an article printed and published by this newspaper.
The article in question, Deonarine claimed, was published on July 24, 2015 under the caption “GPL Deputy CEO sent on leave for allegedly paying himself $27.8M.” There is no mention of the defamation nor is there any indication that Deonarine is in the country.
Deonarine is claiming that the publication resulted in loss and damage to him since the Kaieteur News is a daily newspaper circulating in Guyana.”
According to the document, Kaieteur News was commanded that within 10 (ten) days after the service of this Writ to cause an appearance to be entered on its behalf in the lawsuit of the above named Plaintiff. The Writ was delivered yesterday.
Deonarine has been the subject of the news after he was implicated in the mutli- million-dollar scam, last year.
It was alleged that Deonarine and former Director of GPL, Carvil Duncan, conspired with each other to commit simple larceny. The two are accused of conspiring with each other to steal $27,757,500 property of GPL, between May 7 and May 8, 2015.
Additionally, Duncan is accused of stealing $984,900 property of GPL on March 31, 2015. He was charged and is facing a trial in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Deonarine was also charged but he reportedly fled Guyana since last year. A warrant has since been issued for his arrest.
During a previous hearing for Duncan, the court was informed that Deonarine had run away to Canada.
The two former senior officials are alleged to have illegally transferred close to $30M to their personal bank accounts from GPL accounts.
The Government had asked the police to investigate the two senior officials last July. It was reported that the men paid themselves almost $29M without authorization.
In light of investigations, Deonarine was sent on administrative leave. The discoveries of the suspicious transfers were made by independent auditors who were probing the PetroCaribe Fund, which holds proceeds of oil shipments taken from neighbouring Venezuela.
It was while tracking payments to GPL that auditors unearthed the strange transactions. Deonarine, who had been the DCEO responsible for administration, had reportedly wanted to receive the same level of pay as the then DCEO (Technical), Colin Welch, but his approaches to the Board of Directors were rebuffed. He had reportedly offered to repay the money but GPL was supposed to have waited until it was transferred from his US bank account.
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