By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo never used the privately-owned executive jet service to travel to Puerto Rico, whose Guyanese owner has been arrested in the Caribbean Island allegedly with US$620,000 in his possession, a source at the former President’s Office has informed iNews.
Questions in relation to the Former President’s and his successor, President Donald Ramotar’s use of the service were raised at a press conference at the Office of the President this morning (Wednesday, November 26), hosted by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon after the story was published in the local media.
Luncheon at the time said he could not provide the details in relation to either the former President or the sitting Head – of – State’s use of the service, if any, and how it was paid for but promised to provide the details as soon as possible.
However, a source close to Jagdeo has since clarified that he never used the service in question to travel to Puerto Rico.
In fact, Jagdeo never traveled to Puerto Rico on any private jet, the usually reliable source related. It is being alleged that Jagdeo traveled along with the current President to the Caribbean Island on the private jet, which is also said to be untrue.
The Guyanese Businessman, Khamraj Lall, was arrested in Puerto Rico on November 22 after the large sum of momey was found stashed in plastic bags aboard the aircraft en – route to Guyana.
According media reports from the Caribbean Island, the large sum of money had not been declared to US authorities and were detected during a routine search of the aircraft.
Lall was reportedly the passenger of a private plane that landed in Isla Verde on November 22.
It had stopped to refuel with the intention of continuing to Georgetown, Guyana according to information from the electronic file of the Federal Court.
US authorities require that sums over US$10,000 be reported.
Lall faces charges of falsely filling federal reports and smuggling more than US$600,000, the report said.