Attorney General Anil Nandlall is not too happy with sections of the recently released US State Department report on Human Rights practices in Guyana.
The Attorney General has expressed concern about parts of the report that focused on allegations of corruption in the Guyana Police Force and the Force’s failure to investigate cover-up claims by interdicted Police Sergeant Dion Bascom.
Mr. Nandlall has describe that section of the report as “palpably erroneous” and questioned where the US State Department got its information.
“It is unclear where the Department of State gathered its information from in relation to the allegation made by interdicted Sergeant Dion Bascom. However, what is clear is that the information published in relation thereto is patently false. The Government of Guyana will soon engage the Department of State in respect of the inaccuracies highlighted hereof as well as other matters contained in the said Report with a view of having such falsehoods corrected,” Nandlall said in a statement last night.
The State Department in its 2022 report, lifted the veil again on allegations of corruption in the Guyana Police Force.
Issues of extrajudicial or unlawful killings were also highlighted in the report. The Attorney General does not believe the report is truly accurate.
He said the Government plans to engage the US State Department on some of the issues raised in the report.
“It is a matter of public record that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in August 2022 conducted an investigation into the matter which and a report of the same was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice. Interestingly, Bascom had refused to participate in the probe or provide any evidence to support his allegations. Additionally, the Government of Guyana requested assistance from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Security System (RSS) to investigate the said allegation,” Nandlall said as he sought to contradict the State Department’s report claims.
Mr. Nandlall said that Sergeant Bacom’s claims were already rubbished by an investigation by the Regional Security System.
He said that the RSS made clear that the bribery allegations made by Sergeant Bascom against some members of the Police Force amounted to hearsay that could not be proven.
The Police Detective has always maintained his claims about bribery and corruption in the Police Force.
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