SOCU to get assistance from another UK funded expert- Quinn

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SOCU’s HQ

The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is expected to benefit from more training and capacity building by experts from the United Kingdom.

This is according to British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn, who told reporters on Thursday that his government is committed to lending assistance to Guyana in this regard.

Previously, the British High Commission had sponsored Ireland-based financial investigation expert, Dr Sam Sittlington, as an advisor to SOCU.

Dr Sam Sittlington

Dr Sittlington returned to the UK earlier this year after completing two short stints here.

However, High Commissioner Quinn noted that the new expert will be here for a longer period, maybe two to three years.

The Irish consultant has come in for much criticism during his final stint, especially with the arrest of several Opposition Parliamentarians. These included former President and current Opposition Leader Dr Bharat Jagdeo, over their acquisition of lands at the Pradoville scheme.

The Parliamentary opposition had accused Sittlington of acting beyond his advisory role and taking on executive functions with regards to the arrests.

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