The four men who were arrested by the police earlier this week as the probe into the murder of political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing continues, will remain in police custody.
Investigators are expected to move to the High Court today to secure an order to hold two of the men beyond the stipulated 72 hours for questioning. The other two men have been in custody for less than 24 hours.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed the police’s intent this morning, but would not offer any details on what leads the police were following.
Former Press Officer at the Office of the President under the PPP government, Kwame McKoy, was taken into custody late Wednesday by the Criminal Investigations Department. The others in custody are self-confessed former member of the phantom death squad, Sean Hinds, PPP member and former Office of the President staffer, Jason Abdulla and a third man Okenny Fraser. Hinds and Abdulla were seen being transported at the back of a police vehicle in Georgetown on Thursday.
Abdulla has been in custody since Monday while Hinds was arrested on Tuesday. Although one man, Reagan Rodrigues, was already charged for the murder, Police investigators have been continuing their probe as they are convinced that others were involved in the hit.
Sean Hinds in a media interview a few months ago had named McKoy and Abdulla as being involved in the murder, while saying that he played no part. Crum-Ewing was gunned down on March 10, 2015 while using a loud hailer in the Diamond community to encourage persons to vote against the PPP.
He was shot multiple times about the body. His murder has always been seen as politically motivated. He had led a protest for several weeks outside the office of the Attorney General at the time, Anil Nandlall. The People’s Progressive Party believes the arrest of its associates may be nothing more than a witch hunt.