‘Leaked’ to State media: Cabinet yet to see alleged assassination plot CoI report

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Public Security Minister disappointed report leaked to State media

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, expressed his disappointment after the report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger was leaked to the State newspaper adding that Cabinet is yet to see the document, which reportedly recommends serious changes in the Guyana Police Force.

Just over two weeks ago, the final report of the alleged presidential assassination plot was handed over to President David Granger but things took a twist when it was leaked to the Guyana Chronicle over the weekend.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan

The State newspaper, under the direct responsibility of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, reported that the report recommends that substantive Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud, should be forced to resign or be removed if he refused.

In addition to that, it was reported that acting Commissioner, David Ramnarine, should face sanctions since he failed to ensure a proper probe while acting as Commissioner.

The Guyana Chronicle also published that CoI Commissioner, Paul Slowe, said that both the Crime Chief and his Deputy should be replaced.

However, Ramjattan said that he has not been privy to the contents of the report as yet.

Moreover, Ramjattan said that he is of the view that the recommendations are serious and would not publicly comment on the reported contents adding that Cabinet is yet to see it as well.

In expressing his disappointment, the minister noted he wanted to deliberate on the contents with the President and Prime Minister before the public got access to the document.

It was only recently that the Public Security Minister downplayed the rumors that Senior Superintendent, Wendell Blanhum who recently proceeded on leave, was being removed from the post of Crime Chief following the findings of the recently concluded CoI.

Ramjattan had publicly stated that Blanhum will return to his post for Christmas. Even going further to state that “I notice a lot of people are saying that we are trying to get rid of Blanhum. Blanhum is a serious pillar in this Police Force. Whatever it is, understand that and he has done a fantastic job in the opinion of the government, in the opinion of the Minister.”

On March 29, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour Nizam Khan offered him $7M to assassinate the President.

He said that the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he approached Khan to borrow $6M to purchase a property.

Following the allegation, President Granger ordered the CoI to investigate the Police Investigation of the allegation and to also make recommendations for flaws.

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