US deports key suspect in Cane Grove murder

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Two years after a 22-year-old Cane Grove father of one was brutally beaten to death by a group of men, one of the key suspects has been deported to Guyana from the United States of America.

Murdered: Deokumar Basdeo

Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Bhupdeo was escorted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) and “removed from the United States via a commercial flight” on March 1, according to an article by the New York CMC.

“Bhupdeo was transferred into the custody of Guyanese law enforcement authorities upon arrival in Georgetown (the Guyanese capital),” ICE said.

Further, Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO New York, said the removal of Bhupdeo is “indicative of ERO’s resolve in carrying out the laws of our nation…We will not provide a safe haven for those who commit crimes in their home countries.”

ICE said that on January 2, 2016- one day after Deokumar Basdeo of Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara was killed, Bhupdeo entered the United States as a visitor, with authorisation to remain in the United States until July 2016.

Later that very month, ICE explained that Guyanese law enforcement authorities in the East Demerara Magisterial District, issued an arrest warrant for Bhupdeo for murder and shortly after, in February 2016, the US Department of State revoked Bhupdeo’s visa.

However, Bhupdeo failed to depart the United States in July 2016, as was required.

As such, in September 2016, ICE said the Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) office in Bogota, Colombia, notified ERO New York that Bhupdeo, may be residing in the New York City metropolitan area, and was being sought in Guyana for murder pursuant to an Interpol Red Notice.

In October of that year, ICE said ERO deportation officers arrested Bhupdeo in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, and placed him into removal proceedings and on July 26, 2017, said Bhupdeo was ordered removed by an immigration judge, however, he appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

On February 1, 2018, the BIA dismissed his appeal, “paving the way for his removal to Guyana,” ICE said.

On January 1 2016, Basdeo was beaten to death by five men following an altercation as he was imbibing in the village to celebrate his 22nd birthday.

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