By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Donald Ramotar on Friday, May 22 refused to answer questions as it relates to his decision to grant a presidential pardon to a man who kidnapped and killed an 8 – year – old child in 1994.
During a press conference at Freedom House, two reporters asked the former President to explain his decision in the interest of the public; however Ramotar refused, stating “I will deal with that another time… This press conference wasn’t called for that.”
Additionally, when reporters approached Ramotar after the press conference to address the issue, he again refused, stating he is not “prepared” to deal with it at this time, but promised to do so at an appropriate forum.
Ramotar’s decision was made just days before the new President, David Granger was sworn in and is not sitting well with the Guyana Coalition for Children, who have expressed its shock and distress in this regard.
Ravindra Deo was serving a life imprisonment sentence for killing 8 – year-old Vishnu Bhim of Annandale East Coast Demerara in 1994. Prior to this sentence he was given the death penalty, which was later commuted to a life sentence.
Bhim was the only child of his parents, who have since migrated to the United States. The parents, Heeralall and Chaimwatie Bhim are reportedly in a state of shock and disbelief at Ramotar’s decision.
The child killer, who is now 39, was just 19 years old when he kidnapped and murdered the 8 year-old who was on his way home from school. He had reportedly demanded a ransom of $1M.
Following the child’s murder, Deo was arrested in America Street, on December 1, 1994. He then led detectives to the boy’s body which was bound gagged and battered in the backdam at La Bonne Intention.