By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Mere hours after reports surfaced that his former bodyguard, Rajput Narine was arrested in connection with the gunning down of political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has sought to clear his name, telling reporters that he hired Rajput after the March 10 murder.
At a press conference held at the Sleepin Hotel on Brickdam, Georgetown on Thursday, July 23, Nandlall detailed that he met an old acquaintance while in New York on March 12, 2015 where the murder of Crum-Ewing was discussed and where he revealed that he needed to hire a personal bodyguard.
He further noted that the acquaintance referred him to his brother, Narine, whom he said is a former CANU Officer, a licensed firearm holder and someone he [Nandlall] can trust.
Prior to his death, Crum-Ewing protested for several weeks outside the office of the Attorney General between November and December 2014 calling for his resignation following allegations of corruption and threats to journalists.
“I was advised to get security both at my home and body-guards. I contacted the Guyana Police Force and armed security from the Force was provided at my house and I was offered the opportunity to retain a person of my choice as my body-guard. However, on the 12th of March, 2015 I left Guyana to accompany President Donald Ramotar to New York, without doing so,” the former AG noted.
But according to Nandlall, he fired Narine after four days on the job because he was dissatisfied with his service and due to the fact that Narine was giving out his [Nandlall] location to other persons.
Nandlall claims that he met Narine for the first time on March 15, in the presence of his driver who knew him from before.
“I explained to him the task at hand and he was willing to work as my body guard. He informed me that at the time, he was in the employ of the Guyana Revenue Authority and I need to write the Commissioner General and request his secondment. The following day, I did so and he commenced working with me.
“However, after about 4 days, I was dissatisfied with his performance, generally. More importantly, my drivers reported that he was disclosing our whereabouts to persons on his telephone. As a result, I told him that I will no longer require his services and sent him away. I took back a vehicle which was assigned to him as a backup to my vehicle,” Nandlall explained.
He further noted that he then requested from the Commissioner of Police, two members of the Force as his security detail.
“Two officers of the Force were assigned to me. They were recalled when I demitted office. After, I sent away Rajput, I wrote to the Commissioner General so informing him.”
Nandlall made it clear that while Crum-Ewing protested for several months in front of the Ministry of Legal Affairs while I was the sitting Attorney General, he never once interacted or spoke to him.
“Courtney Crum Ewing was shot on the evening of March, 10th 2015, nearly 2 months after he had stopped protesting at the Ministry. At that time, I was speaking at a political public meeting in front of the Kali Mandir at Timehri. Approximately 100 persons were in attendance.”
He denied ever threatening the political activist, who was a former member of the Guyana Defence Force.
“I take this opportunity to deny any involvement whatsoever in that incident and to say that there is obviously an attempt to implicate me and the PPP in this horrendous act as part of a political design. I hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
The former AG claims that he does not have any knowledge on the personal life of Narine.
Narine is the second suspect to be arrested by the police as investigations continue into Crum-Ewing’s murder. Police believe that Narine is the one who approached the gunman and paid him to execute Crum-Ewing.