Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, today, said investigators have been taking all the necessary steps to expedite the investigation into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.
Providing an update to the media on the progress of the investigations thus far, Blanhum explained that the investigation department today returned the case file to the Police Legal Advisor and that she indicated to them that they needed to obtain the telephone records of two individuals.
“I spoke with the telephone company, and I indicated to them the urgency (of getting the records),” he said, adding that the department expects to receive those documents before the end of the day. He explained that after an analysis is done the file will be sent back to the police legal advisor for her legal opinion.
Blanhum was quoted by GINA as saying that the investigators had made some recommendations pertaining to their initial findings, but he did not disclose what these recommendations were.
The matter involving the alleged plot to assassinate the President was first brought to light by State Minister, Joseph Harmon, at a weekly post-cabinet press briefing. He had noted that the Ministry of the Presidency was made aware of the alleged plot to assassinate the President, and the matter was being investigated by the police.
Moments after the press briefing, the interview with the complainant making the allegation was released on social media and later televised on a local newscast.
In that interview, the man revealed that he was offered $7M and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.
He claimed that, as a businessman, he had approached another businessman — a gold dealer living on the East Bank of Demerara — for a loan, and it was then the discussions were held about the possible assassination.