Several senior ministers in the previous PPP/C Government have, over the past few days, been subjected to a series of questions by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force, as it relate to the ongoing NICIL probe.
INews was reliably informed that among those questioned so far by the Police are former Prime Minister Sam Hinds, former Minister of Tourism and Housing Mr Irfaan Ali, Former Presidential Advisor on Governance Ms Gail Teixeira, Senior PPP Official Nigel Dharamlall and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon.
Teixeira told a news conference earlier today that ranks, identified as serving members of the Guyana Police Force, turned up at their homes over the past few days asking a number of questions, and advising that they would be made to answer more questions at a later date.
According to Teixeira, they were told by the SOCU ranks that this is the first phase of looking at statements and issues raised in a NICIL audit report that relate to criminal activity.
Describing it as a “fishing expedition”, Teixeira is of the view that SOCU is being used capriciously to target people and embarrass them.
The Guyana Police Force recently received the audit report on the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) from the coalition government and has begun investigations to determine if any criminality was involved in the management of the controversial State holding company. The report was prepared by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran.
Head of NICIL, Winston Brassington and his deputy, Marcia Nadir-Sharma, were both sent on administrative leave to facilitate the probe, launched by the eight-month-old AFC/APNU government on especially officials of the previous administration.