By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Justice Cecil Kennard has rubbished the comments by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), as it relates to the death of Fisherman, Asif Rahim, who was allegedly beaten to death by ranks of the Leonora Police Station.
The (GHRA) in a media release stated that the PCA needs to be more proactive especially in matters involving Police brutality. It expressed disappointment that the case could be compromised since Rahim’s wife was unable to identify the perpetrators.
The GHRA noted that “apart from the reason she has provided, namely, it was dark and she didn’t get a good view of the Police; she may also suspect she is being drawn into a set-up.”
Only recently Kennard expressed disappointment that Rahim’s, wife Soorsattie Chandrapaul was unwilling to attend an ID parade of the Police officers.
Speaking to iNews on Monday (December, 09), Kennard said that he is now in possession of all the relevant statements and medical reports relating to the case.
He questioned the logic behind the GHRA suggestion that he accompany Rahim’s wife to the ID parade.
“They expect me to go with the wife at the station for the identification parade? They are talking a lot of rubbish…the statement they made that I should accompany the woman to the ID parade is total nonsense when the woman is not prepared to go to the ID parade,” Kennard told iNews.
He made it clear that he was never criticized in his capacity as PCA’s Chairman for his performance.
“Human Rights don’t seem to know how the Police Complaints Authority works; they could have sought a comment from me before they go and make that silly statement that I should accompany the wife of decease to the ID parade; if the woman doesn’t want to attend what will we do, take a bulldozer and take her there?”
He instead questioned why the GHRA has overlooked more important matters to the Guyanese people and is looking to attack him.