“Two high ranking gov’t officials threatened Courtney Crum–Ewing” – Nigel Hughes willing to name them


By Jomo Paul

A section of the gathering at the wake.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nigel Hughes, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Attorney – at – Law for executed Political Activist Courtney Crum-Ewing says that he was threatened by two high ranking government officials and had lodged a report at the Brickdam Police station concerning the issue.

Hughes was at the time was responding to concerns raised by President Donald Ramotar about Crum-Ewing’s death being labelled as a political assassination.

Ramotar on Thursday said if the persons indicating that the crime was politically motivated are merely expressing an opinion, it can be considered as instigating social unrest.

But according to Hughes, if the President wishes for him to name the government officials, then he will do so.

“Courtney Crum – Ewing made two police reports about being threatened by two high ranking government officials…If the President wishes I can name the two government officials who Courtney Crum –Ewing reported to the police,” Hughes told iNews during an interview on Thursday evening at a wake held for Crum – Ewing.

The 40 – year –old father of three was gunned down execution style on Tuesday evening (March 10) while urging members of Diamond Housing Scheme to go out and cast their ballots on May 11.

At the wake, several persons turned out to pay their respects to the fallen activist and stand in solidarity with his family.

Meanwhile, Crime Chief Leslie James told reporters on Thursday that after reviewing Closes Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the shooting, they have not been able to identify anyone.

“So far they have looked at some footage…and nothing useful so far,” James told reporters. He said that the police response time to the incident was good.

During an interview with iNews on December 23, 2014 Crum – Ewing had expressed fear for his life following the burglary of his Pit Bull bus.

For several months, the former soldier protested peacefully in front the office of Anil Nandlall, calling for him to resign, following the revelation of a taped telephone conversation between Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall and Kaieteur News’ Reporter, Leonard Gildarie.

Crum – Ewing had told iNews, “This is serious stuff and I’m beginning to worry for my life, my safety. You gotta gimme a gun, I’m trained to carry a firearm; I need personal protection. I need a licensed firearm. I have reasons to fear.”

Crum-Ewing was taken into police custody on December 11, 2014 at the Brickdam Police Station for allegedly breaching the ‘peace’ during one of his protests.