Six persons have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a live grenade near the vehicle of Kaieteur News Publisher, Glen Lall at the Newspaper’s Saffon Street location.
Investigators have been probing the “terrorist” act on the Newspaper since Saturday night and were able to review CCTV footage which led to the arrest of the suspects and detention of a motorcar.
The discovery of the grenade was made as staffers congregated for a wake in memory of their fallen colleague, Dale Andrews.
Police said the suspects were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at different locations and are in custody assisting with investigations.
“Relative to the investigation into the grenade attack at Kaieteur News, Detectives from the Guyana Police Force after reviewing surveillance footage have detained a motor car matching the description and six suspects,” a statement added.
On Monday, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party accused the government of attempting to lay blame at its doorstep in connection with the incident.
Party General Secretary, Clement Rohee said he found aspects of the government’s statement on the issue to be disgusting.
Rohee claims that the statement contained several innuendos which he believed were aimed at pointing the police in direction of the PPP. But Rohee said the PPP should in no way be considered a suspect.
“The PPP has always opposed acts of terrorism,” he added. He called on the police to be careful of the innuendos in the government’s statement and said the PPP intends to address the issues more comprehensively.
The government said in its statement that “Kaieteur News is one of Guyana’s leading independent media organizations that has a proud and zealously guarded reputation for fearlessness in reporting government excesses, corruption and abuse of power, particularly under the previous administration. Most recently the newspaper has been at the forefront of aggressively and relentlessly reporting on the findings of the many audits of state agencies, the revelations that have oftentimes been explosive.”
It also drew attention to the fact that the Kaieteur News, its staff and its owner have been subject to relentless assault under the previous regime.