Jul 05, 2017 News
More than eight months after a brutal killing and cover-up in Berbice that shocked the nation, a US-based Guyanese man was yesterday arrested in Rockaway, Queens, New York by police and marshals.
Businessman, Marcus Bisram, was arrested some 2,643 miles from the crime scene on Tuesday, in Queens, law enforcement sources said.
According to a New York Daily News report, the arrest by members of the New York Police Department/ US Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, occurred around 1 p.m.
“He was living here in plain view,” the source said.
Bisram is expected to be presented in the Brooklyn Federal court as early as today, the online news report said.
Close relatives said that Bisram was not too surprised by his apprehension…As a matter of fact, he was expecting it.
The matter had been ventilated in the press not only because of the killing but the fact Bisram is said to be wealthy and was alleged to have paid local cops and others to cover the matter up.
Before being implicated in the matter, Bisram was known in Guyana for his generous donations to charity and reportedly owned properties in Berbice where he entertained cops, families and friends.
The arrest would come days after relatives complained to Kaieteur News that the authorities seemed not too keen to bring back Bisram from the US to face the courts.
On November 01, last year, the battered body of 26-year-old carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt was found on the Number 70 Village, Corentyne foreshore. His death had been staged to look like a hit-and-run accident and two cops in Berbice were fingered in the cover-up.
From prosecutors’ case, the man was killed at a function where the businessman and friends were, after an argument, then taken elsewhere and dumped to make it appear as a hit-and-run.
It was after ranks from the Guyana Police Force’s Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation that Harripaul Parsram, 49, Orlando Dickie, 39, Radesh Motie, 39, Diadath Datt, 18 and Niran Yacoob, 37, were charged for the murder.
Additionally, three individuals, including Bisram’s mother, were charged for allegedly offering a detective $4M to suppress evidence against Bisram.
With regards to the procedures to bring back Bisram, it was disclosed recently that it has been several months since local law enforcement officials have completed and handed over all the necessary documentation that is required to have murder suspect, Bisram extradited.
They were waiting on their counterparts in the United States to act.
“The police over there (US) had asked for some things so we arranged everything (documents) and handed it over to the US embassy in Guyana so that they could pass it over to the cops there,” a rank who is part of the murder investigation said.
His response came after the victim’s family had expressed concern over Bisram’s current status. They indicated that the suspect has been “touring and enjoying his life” while they continue to grieve for their loved one, who has left two little children behind.
“If you check his Facebook account, he is going about with his life as if nothing happened. He parties and tours and the police are not arresting him and we are suffering here,” one of Narinedatt’s relatives had indicated to this newspaper yesterday.
The rank said that while local authorities want to get their hands on Bisram, there is a process which they must follow since the murder suspect is in another jurisdiction.
“We have done our part and we are waiting on him to be arrested just like his family,” the rank indicated during an interview with this newspaper.
The source reminded that a wanted bulletin has been issued for Bisram in Guyana and he is also on Interpol’s wanted list.
Only two Saturdays ago, the suspect’s Non-Governmental Organization, Marcus Brian Bisram Foundation, appeared in a West Indian newspaper (in the US) where it pledged to render assistance to struggling sugar workers in Guyana.
In the article, Bisram, who had worked in the US as a nurse for four years, was praised for his humanitarian work. The majority of persons who would have collaborated with Bisram in Guyana are religious leaders and businessmen.
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: pic filed as Faiyaz Narinedatt
Dead: Faiyaz Narinedatt
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