By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nigel Hughes, the Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) – one of the political Parties that currently makes up the coalition government – has defended his decision to represent self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds.
On Monday, Hinds turned himself into the Police at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and was accompanied by Hughes as his Lawyer,
The death squad is suspected to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Guyanese men and women during the crime spree that followed the February 2002 jail break.
When contacted by iNews for a comment, Hughes stated that Hinds needed an Attorney and he saw no reason as to why he should not take the case.
“As far as I know the police force requested the presence of Mr Hinds; he required the services of a lawyer and he retained me. I don’t know anything about the government getting involved. This is not a political issue…I fail to appreciate your question,” said Hughes.
Subsequent to Hinds’ surrender, a police report detailed that the self-confessed death squad member was not cooperating with detectives.
“So far he is not cooperating with the police as a number of questions have been put to him in the presence of his Lawyer and his consistent response has been that he has nothing to say, based on advice of his Lawyer,” the police release noted.
The Force recently noted that he is wanted for a “serious offence” but has refused to reveal the nature of the offence; however Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo a few days ago revealed that Hinds was spotted outside his [Nagamootoo] residence, staking out the area.
While Hinds claims to know who the murderers of Courtney Crum – Ewing and Ronald Waddell are, he has not admitted to committing any crimes.