The British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn is making it clear that the British Financial Crimes Expert, Dr. Sam Sittlington, is at the local Special Organised Crime Unit in an advisory and training capacity and not in an operational role.
The High Commissioner’s comments come in wake of Opposition claims that Sittlington is involved in the investigation itself.
In a statement, Mr Quinn said “Dr Sittlington is at SOCU in an advisory and training capacity and not in an operational role.”
He also denied accusations by the Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that staff members of the British High Commission were at the Oasis Cafe on Wednesday night as part of some celebration for Sittlington and local government officials.
“That was not the case”, he said.
Mr. Nandlall in an article published online spoke of a celebration type party that was hosted following the SOCU arrests of former President Bharrat Jagdeo and former Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon.
In addition to denying the presence of any British High Commission staff at any event last Wednesday at Oasis, the High Commissioner also explained that when Dr. Sittlington spoke to the media two days ago about the probe, he was trying to be helpful in explaining the legal basis and rights on which SOCU took the actions that it did.
“In talking to the media Dr Sittlington was trying to be helpful in explaining the legal basis and rights on which SOCU took the actions they did. It would be wrong to interpret this as Dr Sittlington being involved in the investigations themselves. He was not”, the High Commissioner added.
He also stated that Dr Sittlington’s current contract was funded by the British High Commission and was designed as a follow up to his work with SOCU last year.
Following the arrests and questioning of a number of former PPP government officials, some PPP senior members started to raise questions about the British Financial Crimes expert and his role at SOCU.