Fourteen months after more than 15 Guyanese fishermen were murdered during a pirate attack off the coast of Suriname, the Guyana Government has launched an official Commission of Inquiry into the incident.
Political Scientist, Dr. Rishi Thakur, is the lone Commissioner who has been appointed by President David Granger.
He was sworn in to conduct the inquiry this morning before the Chief Magistrate.
The attack and murder of the Guyanese fishermen has been described as a massacre and the investigation has involved law enforcement officials from both Guyana and Suriname.
The President through the Commission of Inquiry Act has ordered the probe in an effort to examine the facts which may lead to the circumstances of the attack, the hijacking, robbery, and murders.
It was noted that it was due to the public interest that the inquiry has been launched.
In was back in April of 2018, that the two Guyanese owned fishing vessels came under attack as they carried out operations just off the coast of Suriname.
Some of the fishermen were forced to jump overboard while others were chopped and shot to death and their bodies dumped into the ocean.
Some were never recovered.
The widespread investigation has since led to the arrest of a number of the suspected pirates in both Guyana and Suriname and charges have been filed against them.
The move to launch the Commission of Inquiry is expected to assist some of the mourning relatives to get a better understanding of what exactly took place and some of the reasons that might have been behind the attack.