The Guyana Police Force has responded to an exclusive report published earlier this morning by the increasingly popular INews website, which claimed that Fiyad Sattaur, the 19-year-old son of Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Mr Khurshid Sattaur was chased by a police officer on Saturday.
The GPF, in a statement this afternoon, said that last Saturday, a Police Sergeant who is attached to the Traffic Department and was dressed in uniform, was driving a private car along Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, when she observed motor vehicle PRR 4423 overtake a line of other motor vehicles waiting at the traffic lights.
“The police rank made a note of the vehicle’s registration number intent on following up with prosecution, however, she caught up with the vehicle at the intersection of Lamaha and Albert Streets, where she drove up alongside and told the driver of the offence committed. He however drove away.”
According to the statement, the Police Traffic Sergeant drove behind PRR 4423 and caught up again with the vehicle at Lamaha and East Streets, where she came out and approached the driver whom she learnt to be Fiyad Sattaur of Ogle, East Coast Demerara.
“She again, told him of the offence committed and requested for him to go to Traffic Headquarters and he complied.”
According to the Police, at Traffic Headquarters Fiyad Sattaur was subsequently placed on self-bail. He has been charged with careless driving and is to appear in court tomorrow (Wednesday January 20, 2016).
However, INews was in receipt of an email statement by Fiyad Sattaur, late Sunday afternoon, under the headline: ‘My nightmare started at around 9am today 16th January 2016’
Following is the full, unedited statement received by INews, signed by Sattaur’s son, yesterday. It should be noted that INews contacted the Sattaurs around midnight last night, and were told to call back today.
On Jan 18, 2016, at 5:36 PM,
Subject: Re: My nightmare started at around 9am today 16th January, 2016
My nightmare started at around 9am today 16th January 2016. I was proceeding to the Islamic School on East Street, Georgetown to study Arabic Language. I was proceeding west on Campbell Avenue. As I approached Middleton Street I stopped at the intersection and observed a heavily tinted vehicle driving along Middleton Street turning onto Sandy Babb Street. The vehicle turned onto Sandy Babb Street, I proceeded to cross the intersection travelling in the same direction. When it was safe to do so I overtook the heavily tinted vehicle on Sandy Babb Street. I approached the intersection of Vlissengen Road and Sandy Babb Street without incident. This intersection allows for traffic to flow in three directions: left, straight and right. I was proceeding straight ahead into Thomas Lands. When the light changed I proceeded across the intersection onto Thomas lands. I observed shortly after entering Thomas Lands that the heavily tinted unmarked vehicle was driving dangerously and aggressively behind me and subsequently drove alongside my vehicle but did not proceed to overtake me
Sensing imminent danger I became extremely fearful and threatened. I was fearful of being shot, robbed, being run off the road, kidnapped or worse. Fearful for my life and safety I drove away from this heavily tinted unmarked vehicle. I was unable to contact anyone for help since I was alone in the vehicle and was unable to call for help. In my state of panic I was confused and thought the safest course of action was to drive to the Islamic School, Daraloom where I can take refuge and seek the protection of the elders there and make contact with my parents and the police. I therefore took a left turn at the corner of Thomas lands and Albert Street as I intended to enter into Lamaha Street. As I entered Lamaha Street, I continued to observe the same heavily tinted vehicle making attempts to come alongside my vehicle a maneuver I thought was designed to run me off the road.
I could not have seen the occupants of the vehicle because of the heavily tinted windows. Instinctively I drove towards the Daraloom where I thought I would be safe from the persons pursuing me and was hoping they would stop pursuing me only to observe that the car was continuing to pursue me.
I turned left into East Street as I tried to escape from my pursuers. The vehicle continued to drive in a dangerous manner behind me and fearing that I would be forced off the road into parked vehicles or pedestrians I decided to stop in the vicinity of the Hospital since it was a heavily populated area and I could run towards help and away from the occupants of the heavily tinted vehicle pursuing me. Upon stopping on East Street I observed the driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and then realized the female driver who exited the vehicle was wearing a blue police uniform. She began shouting at me at the top of her voice. My fear and apprehension was somewhat alleviated. I followed the instructions of the person in police uniform to drive to the police station. I did not observe a police name tag and she did not identify herself to me. Deciding that the police station was the safest place to be at this point I complied with these instructions. She did not request to see my documents nor did she examine same at East Street but instead shouted at me to drive to the Eve Leary Police Station.
Had I not slowed down to seek assistance on East Street and did not later observe who it was that was pursuing me in such a dangerous manner in an unmarked and heavily tinted vehicle I would have continued to drive towards the Islamic School, Daraloom and perhaps it could ended tragically for either or both of us. She continued to accompany me in her heavily tinted vehicle. At the police station where I was detained for over 30 minutes I was told that I was charged for dangerous driving and would have to appear to answer the charge next week in the Magistrate court.