Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee believes the allegations of torture made by a man recently charged for the shooting death of a policeman ought to be investigated.
The Minister told reporters on Tuesday that the allegations ought to be taken seriously and there is the need for full probe. 26-year-old East Ruimveldt resident Shaka Chase and his attorneys have levelled serious charges of torture against a number of police investigators.
Chase was charged on Monday for the murder of Police Corporal Romain Cleto who was gunned down on Avenue of the Republic on April 27, 2013. The man said he had nothing to do with the police officer’s death and was badly beaten and tortured into signing a confession.
He has provided his attorneys with the names of the police investigators he claims tortured him during their questioning. He complained about being electrically shocked and beaten in the area of the abdomen. The Guyana Police Force has denied that the man was beaten or tortured. In a Monday night statement, the Police Force said the murder accused provided the confession off of his own will and was never beaten or tortured into writing or signing it.
Cleto had visited the Police on a number of occasions and was released before investigators decided to file the murder charges against him. His Attorney Nigel Hughes has provided the Director of Public Prosecutions with a number of statements from witnesses who supported the man’s alibi. He said he was at a Bar-B-Q hangout when the incident took place and could not have played any part in it.
His family has accused the police of victimization and an improper investigation.
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