By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President with responsibility for Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has defended the dismissal of Former Police Officer Mohanram Dolai saying that justice was meted out.
Ramjattan had instructed Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud to terminate the service of Dolai, who was found criminally liable for burning the genitals of 15-year-old Twyon Thomas while he was in custody at the Leonora Station lockups six years ago.
Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall told iNews on Wednesday June 03, that the Minister has no power or authority to give such instructions to the Police Commissioner. He explained that the constitution explicitly states that such cannot happen, hence Ramjattan’s actions goes against Guyana’s laws, pointing out that Ramjattan is now practising the very “control freakism” he had denounced on many occasions while in the Opposition.
But in an interview with iNews on Thursday, Ramjattan defended his decision, making it clear that what he did was something that should have been done ages ago.
“Well he [Nandlall] should understand that he lived under the regime that allowed the burning of children’s private parts and he saw to it that the Police Service Commission retained those persons…it is not control freakism, it is justice…if he had children what would he have done to them?” questioned the Vice President.
Ramjattan said he cannot fathom why the services of the two police officers were retained from the inception given that the High Court had made a ruling in favour of Thomas.
The Vice President further pointed out that other cases where police officers were found liable of torture and other cases of misconduct will be revisited and investigated.
He pointed out that this would include the case of Devin Singh who was accused of baton-raping Colwyn Harding while he was in custody at the Timehri Police station.
Singh recently returned to the spotlight after he was accused of torturing another young man. “We will put it as very very serious,” said Ramjattan.