The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has expressed an interest to intensify its collaboration with Guyana in order to secure more convictions in transnational crimes, and other criminal conduct, according to the office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Anil Nandlall recently met with an FBI team led by James Markley, who is the lead FBI Officer for the Caribbean region.
Guyana and the FBI have been collaborating in a number of areas over the years, including, rendering mutual assistance in criminal matters, extradition, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, trafficking of narcotics and firearms, tracing proceeds of organized crime, and forfeiture of assets, trafficking in persons and cyber-related criminal activities among others.
“The team wishes to intensify its relationship with the Government of Guyana in the investigation, prosecution, and securing convictions in these types of offenses. The Attorney General signaled the government’s continued commitment to the upholding of the rule of law in all its facets, including the pursuit of all forms of criminality, in particular organized crimes,” the Attorney General’s Chambers said in a release.
Mr. Nandlall highlighted that the country is currently pursuing a number of programmes among relevant agencies to bolster the state’s capabilities to investigate, prosecute and convict for criminal conduct.
“In particular, the Attorney General emphasized that cyberspace is the new emerging platform for the commission of serious criminal offenses in Guyana and indeed globally. He pointed to many persons who use social media platforms, in particular in the United States of America to spew racial hostilities and create ethnic strife among segments of the Guyana population, inciting and aiding and abetting riotous conduct and even domestic terrorism in Guyana,” the AG office noted.
Mr. Nandlall has requested that the FBI takes action against persons who he believes continue to spew and incite racial hostility in Guyana from the USA.
He said Guyana has already lodged formal complaints with those agencies.