1. There has been an extraordinary rate of unusual killings within the last 12-14 months.

  2. Secretary 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.”   

  3. The persons carrying out the killings as executioners have been described by numerous witnesses as having “big” guns and wearing police uniforms.

  4. Every 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. 

  5. The 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.

  6. In 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.

  7. On 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 the squad.  

  8. In 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.

  9. On 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 individuals.”

  10. 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.

  11. On 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.)

  12. On 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.

  13. On 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 Shafeek Bacchus.

  14. An official complaint is also made to the Guyana Police Force and to Amnesty International on Tuesday January 6, 2004.

  15. The US Embassy subsequently releases a statement that its officers met with and took statements from Mr. Bacchus and these are being explored.

  16. In 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.    

  17. Minister 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.

  18. On 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.

  19. On 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.

  20. On Wednesday, January 13, 2004, a third member of the death squad Sean Hinds is arrested by the police.

  21. Minister Gajraj has not been asked to provide a statement or been charged with committing any offences.          

Given 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.
Minister 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.



  • Luncheon named them the Phantom Killers
  • 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 Force
  • 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
  • You the people alone can make a change
  • For Guyana to return to decency
  • It has to rid itself of the PPP.




To All Patriotic Guyanese, especially Friends and Supporters of the People's National Congress Reform
You 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 Force’.
The key figure named as heading this operation is Mr Ronald Gajraj, the current Minister of Home Affairs.
The 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.
Picketing 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 15, 2004,
The government has remained adamant and the Minister of Home Affairs has not yet  resigned.
We 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.
Guyanese may also show  their disapproval at all Guyanese Embassies and Missions abroad by sending letters of protest and if possible arrange picketing exercises.
We have attached information on this situation which will assist in understanding the seriousness of the crisis facing Guyana.
Janu ary 14, 2004