AGAINST MINISTER RONALD GAJRAJ
CHIEF STATE TERRORIST
ALL PATRIOTIC GUYANESE
OF INVOLVEMENT IN MURDER LEVELLED AGAINST MINISTER RONALD GAJRAJ.
has been an extraordinary rate of unusual killings within the
last 12-14 months.
to the Cabinet Dr. Roger Luncheon stated in a weekly Cabinet
Briefing on November 27, 2002 that there was a squad of killers
which he dubbed a Phantom Squad.” In his own words he stated: “There
seems to be reasonable plausible evidence which suggests that
there is a body out there that has been involved in criminal
activities and it is not the escapees…Intelligence agencies
are examining the possibility that there is a phantom body
involved in a number of killings.”
persons carrying out the killings as executioners have been
described by numerous witnesses as having “big” guns and
wearing police uniforms.
citizen and resident of Guyana is aware that there is a group or
groups that appear to be targeting and executing persons. Some
of the persons targeted were known to have a criminal past but
many killings appeared inexplicable.
Police Force has continually issued disclaimers following
several shootings as to their non-involvement and the steps
citizens should take to protect themselves against abduction and
killing. For example, in the August 2003 slaying of Lennox
Barker and Ron Barker at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, the
police force issued a statement that it was not in anyway
involved in the shootings.
an October 26, 2003 interview to the press as reported by the
Associated Press (11/03/03) Crime Chief Leon Trim is quoted as
saying: “We are not sure exactly what is going on.
People are being picked up, bundled into cars and end up dead on
the streets.” He went on to say that the force was
baffled by the killings.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 former police officer Axel Williams
was gunned down in Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park, Georgetown
raising speculation about problems within the Phantom Squad.
Williams was widely regarded as one of the key operatives within
Kaieteur News of Monday, December 15, 2003 a story is carried in
which a “prominent and controversial” businessman states
that he is the target of a death squad under the direct
superintendence of a High Official being the Minister of Home
Affairs. He claims further, that Axel Williams was the person
ordered to execute him by the Minister of Home Affairs and that
prior to his death, Williams confessed to him the plot. This
businessman is widely believed to be Bramanand Nandalall.
Friday, December 19, 2003 the Minister of Home Affairs denies
any relationship with Axel Williams or Sean Hinds, alleged
members of the death squad. He claimed to know Williams only
through a casual contact when he visited the Ministry in pursuit
of a firearm licence. He is quoted as saying: “Yes I did
know Axel Williams. He had come to see me on more than one
occasion at the Ministry of Home Affairs. As a matter of fact,
at the time he had had a problem. He used to be a taxi driver
and he had made an application for a licensed firearm…his
application was processed and approval for a licence was issued
to him…I do not have any personal relationship with any of the
Minister of Home Affairs in a Stabroek News Current Affairs
supplement of December, 2003states that there is no such thing
as a death squad but persons killing each other for revenge.
Saturday, January 3, 2004, Kaieteur News carries a story giving
details of not insubstantial telephone contact between Minister
Gajraj and Axel Williams. (See copy of phone records attached.)
Monday January 5, 2004 Mr. Shafeek Bacchus was shot by a person
or persons in a white vehicle whilst at his home in Hadfield
Street, Lodge, Georgetown.
Tuesday January 6, 2004 the brother of Shafeek Bacchus (George
Bacchus) goes to the US Embassy accompanied by Mr. C. A. Nigel
Hughes, Attorney-at-Law and makes serious allegations and
statements about the existence, structure and operations of a
“death squad” which in his words has been responsible for
the deaths of over 40 persons including that of his brother
official complaint is also made to the Guyana Police Force and
to Amnesty International on Tuesday January 6, 2004.
US Embassy subsequently releases a statement that its officers
met with and took statements from Mr. Bacchus and these are
the Kaieteur News of January 7, 2004 there is the text of a
statement given by Mr. Bacchus to the media, which repeats the
claim that a senior official (Minister of Home Affairs) has
knowledge of the death squad.
Gajraj on Friday January 9, 2004 in an ad hoc interview at the
Office of the President refutes Bacchus’ claims but does not
deny the telephone contact with Axel Williams, which he likens
to, that he has with many other citizens.
Friday January 9, 2004 the Brickdam Police Station arrests and
detains two men namely Ashton King (proprietor of A&D
Funeral Home, Cemetery Road, Georgetown), and Mark Thomas aka
Kazorski (former member of the Guyana Police Force, Black
Clothes Squad, and Manager of Auby’s Wine Bar, George Street,
Werk-en-Rust) for questioning.
Monday January 12, 2003 George Bacchus at the request of the
Investigating Officer (I.O.) attends the Brickdam Police Station
for a “confrontation” with the members of the death squad
who he accuses of killing his brother. No confrontation is held
because it is determined that if it purely a matter of
identification a confrontation is unnecessary.
Wednesday, January 13, 2004, a third member of the death squad
Sean Hinds is arrested by the police.
Gajraj has not been asked to provide a statement or been charged
with committing any offences.
that the Guyana Police Force has acted on George Bacchus’
allegations and arrested several men, the legal situation facing
them is that they could be charged with the offence of murder of
Shafeek Bacchus and any other person named by George Bacchus
under section 100 of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Chapter
8:01. The fact that the Police Force has chosen to act on the
statement means that they cannot decide to act on some of what
was said and not on others.
Gajraj has been named in the statement upon which the police is
basing its investigation into the other men detained. He remains
in office during the conduct of a police investigation in which
he could legally be considered a principal or accessory to
murder depending on the available evidence. Of great
significance as well is the fact that Ronald Gajraj is Minister
of Home Affairs making him the government official with overall
responsibility of for the Police Force. The appearance of
impropriety is great even if not actually established, given the
known relationship between the Minister of Home Affairs and the
Police Force. The PNCR is very comfortable in its call for the
resignation of the Minister pending a criminal investigation. It
is the only morally and legally correct thing to do in the
circumstances. The cumulative effect of the facts set out above
are sufficient in the considered opinion of the PNCR to warrant
a full and impartial criminal investigation of all persons named
including Ronald Gajraj.
CHIEF STATE TERRORIST
- Luncheon named them the Phantom
- He concealed that Gajraj was their ‘leader’
- This the Guyanese people knew
- Not so the PPP few
- The PPP is fighting crime with crimes of their own
- Its ill effects on Guyana are well known.
- About a dead Phantom Killer, Gajraj lied
- For state crimes, on the Phantom Gang he relied
- Gajraj issued legal firearms to
the murderers arsenal
- Gajraj is himself a criminal
- Accomplice to many crimes
- This is an unwanted sign of our times.
- A criminal should never be responsible for our Police
- For decent people will have no recourse
- Gajraj and the Phantom Gang
may be the executors
- The PPP and Jagdeo are the real perpetrators
- It is part of the PPP political strategy
- It is a tragedy that is destroying our country.
- Crime and criminals must go
- Gajraj and the PPP included, we
all must know
- The decent thing for them to do is to [GO, GO]
- Jagdeo, Gajraj and the PPP,
decency they do not know
- To no one will this sound strange
the people alone can make a change
- For Guyana to return to decency
- It has to rid itself of the
AN END TO STATE TERRORISM
All Patriotic Guyanese, especially Friends and Supporters of
the People's National Congress Reform
are no doubt aware of the serious crisis of governance facing
Guyana, especially since the disclosures of the government’s
involvement in a ‘Death Squad’ called the ‘Phantom
key figure named as heading this operation is Mr Ronald Gajraj,
the current Minister of Home Affairs.
People's National Congress Reform and many other organisations
in Guyana have condemned this activity and called for the
immediate resignation of Mr. Gajraj and for an inquiry and
criminal investigations into the allegations.
exercises have been continuing in front of the Ministry of Home
Affairs by concerned citizens of Guyana and will be joined by
the People's National Congress Reform tomorrow, Thursday January
government has remained adamant and the Minister of Home Affairs
has not yet resigned.
cal on all Guyanese, friends and supporters to bring this state
of affairs to the attention of all governments, agencies and
organisations overseas so that they may put pressure on the
Guyanese government for Mr Gajraj to resign or be dismissed and
mount an independent investigation.
may also show their
disapproval at all Guyanese Embassies and Missions abroad by
sending letters of protest and if possible arrange picketing
have attached information on this situation which will assist in
understanding the seriousness of the crisis facing Guyana.
ary 14, 2004