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The Sheema Mangar murder…Guyana Police Force bungled investigation from the beginning

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

By Dale Andrews  

Lies, deceit, blame throwing are terms that characterize the case of the murdered Demerara Bank

SHEEMA MANGAR

employee, Sheema Mangar.
And investigators, being urged to forget their ultra reliance on the results of forensic tests and press on with their investigation, are admitting that they have reached a dead end and nothing can be done unless new evidence emerges.
It’s been more than a year since Mangar was dragged to her death by a car in which the man who had snatched her Blackberry phone was escaping and her mother, Radica Thakoor, has almost given up hope that local police will solve the case given the distrust she has developed.
Amidst all the misleading information she has been fed by those in authority, Thakoor is convinced that only a completely new approach where witnesses are sought, will lead to some satisfactory conclusion of all the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death, including the identification of the killer.
Samples of what appeared to be blood and a piece of fabric found on the two cars that were impounded did not match the victim’s DNA and clothing respectively.
“The police are to be blamed. Why wait a whole year relying on just the samples?” the mother asked.
According to the woman, the police kept telling her that they were waiting on the results of tests being done on the samples, as if that was the only aspect of the investigation that was important.
“They had built my hopes up and everywhere you go they were telling you they were waiting on the samples. They appeared so positive that that would have led to something, now we are back to square one,” Thakoor added.
She said that she could not believe her eyes when she read in the papers that the tests on the samples were negative.
One detective who was handling the matter initially put it in perspective, noting that solving a crime lies with the investigators.
He explained that after Mangar’s death, police had impounded two cars which crime scene technicians examined for evidence that could connect them to the crime scene or the victim.
On one vehicle a piece of broken hair was found while on the other vehicle a piece of green fabric was recovered.
Mangar’s uniform she was wearing the day she died had a greenish tint, so investigators had to consider the possibility that the piece of fabric could have come from her uniform.
A red spot was also identified on one vehicle and was collected as a suspected blood stain.
The detective pointed out that the investigation suffered a setback in the initial stages since Sheema Mangar was not accompanied to the hospital by a police rank, “therefore if she was able to make a dying declaration, no police rank was there to record what she had to say.”
Additionally no one was present at the hospital to collect her clothing, consequently only the jacket of her uniform was collected.
“She may have been wearing under garments, but these would have been discarded along with her skirt as the medical personnel focused their efforts on saving her life. The possibility of matching the green piece of garment recovered from the car to her clothing was therefore limited to a comparison with just the jacket she was wearing,” the detective explained.
A point to consider was the fact that the police had impounded two vehicles, on which they found what appeared to be blood stain and a piece of cloth.
But now that the results of those tests have returned negative, any hope of conclusively connecting Sheema Mangar to any of the vehicles disappeared.
So why all the controversy?
First, some senior officials of the Guyana Police Force assured the victim’s family that the Barbados laboratory had promised to deliver the DNA results by January 2012. We are now in February.
Secondly, when the negative results were eventually received from the DNA profiling of the suspected bloodstains, the police informed Mangar’s relatives that their analyst who was sent to Barbados forgot to take the hair samples with him. However this newspaper was informed that the analyst had deliberately left it behind since it had no root and therefore there was no way that the Barbados laboratory could have done any conclusive test.
Then the administration had given the impression that the crime could have been solved by a laboratory test in Guyana or Barbados, when in fact this turned out not to be the case.
“Crimes are solved by investigators, and the reason why the samples were sent to Barbados was in the hope that they may prove to be similar to those taken from the crime scene or the victim’s uniform so as to breathe new life into the investigation,” the detective told Kaieteur News.
He said that, in the meantime, investigators must shoulder the responsibility for seeking out eyewitnesses who can provide an accurate description of the vehicle involved, including if possible, the registration number, and also a description of the assailant.
Interestingly, the vehicle impounded were both Toyotas but different models- one an AT 192 and the other an AT 212. This clearly suggests that investigators are not too sure what type of vehicle was involved in the crime in the first place and there is definitely need for a more precise description of the vehicle involved.
For her part, Mangar’s mother does not intend to give up since she believes that there is still someone out there who could assist the police.
“Even though she cannot come back, I hope my efforts will bring about change in the way the police do their job,” Thakoor said.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/02/02/the-sheema-mangar-murder%E2%80%A6cops-bungled-investigation-from-the-beginning/

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Bharrat Jagdeo and the rest of the corrupt PPP/C in a nutshell

October 8, 2011 2 comments

Guyana: In search of sanity

Written by Paul Sanders

My two cents: President Bharrat Jagdeo should have you worried again.

His so-called Appreciation Day last Friday assumed that somehow Guyana has been all hunky dory under his watch, and that is a classic trope of fascists.

His raw enthusiasm is enough to tire an elephant and his messianic intensity can only be tolerated in short doses. He is very much like a high-power fluorescent light; in other words, he gives you an instant headache.

Perhaps the godly Juan Edghill has it right.  Against the background of a propaganda portrait of President Bharrat Jagdeo, magnificent in a red tie, Edghill asserted that he was “keeping with what the scripture says…”

The righteous man continued with the horoscope: “There is an energy and synergy developed around this appreciation that is quite healthy.  Some of the persons who have contacted me as one of the organizers of this activity are not people who have voted for Bharrat Jagdeo for president.”

Wait a minute.  Back that truck up.  Who are they?  What the?  Are you kidding?

So that twinkle in the eyes of this pious man at the news conference a week earlier as he fretted, was the telling look of a huckster who knows he was pulling a fast one on Guyana.  He was socking it up to the nation in the name of the Lord.  Recall, the sorcerers of ancient Egypt were doing the same thing, too.  Hallelujah.

An embattled chairman of the Ethnic Relations Committee who hobnobs with the “Friends of Jagdeo,” and the pro-government body called the Federation of Independent Trades Union, Edghill’s startling performance was nothing short of rank unorthodox concealment of motives.

Juan Edghill may be a rodeo and radio clown whose grasp of history is what you’d expect from a college dropout, but he is also smart enough to know that using such motives is how Hitler and the Nazis rose to power.

Guyanese need to thank God for Reverend Kwame Gilbert, too, who claims he makes official state visit on behalf of the Jagdeo administration.  He shot off a nice ecclesiastical letter to the press hoping to clear up confusion about “attempts to deify” President Jagdeo.  The wizard, skilled in wisdom, did exactly that while simultaneously apotheosizing the president and sanctifying the Appreciation Day event.

In normal times, false prophets and brown-nosers alike who use esoteric pitch might leave the public bemused, bewildered or just bored.  But these aren’t normal times, and the boisterous crowd on-demand that was bused, trucked, chauffeured in at the Providence Stadium – just like the Babylonian folks who assembled before Nebuchadnezzar – roared its approval.

Yeah, the people came, and stood before the king; they came with great readiness and willingness, esteeming it a great honor done them to be sent by the king; they sang and danced awaiting his will and pleasure.

George Orwell would have felt at home here.  He would have recognized the rewriting of history.  The event was so suffused with awareness that President Jagdeo has lost the public’s confidence long ago.  And yes, the cyber world of bloggers gingerly await the Indian essay from lousy poet at the poll station; he likes to speak like Charles Manson.

Of course.  At the NCN, Guyana Chronicle and the Guyana Times, one can find a people in denial and suffering delusions as they continue to deceive themselves into believing the world is buying that kind of turd.

All religions have a magical aspect.  And in the tabernacle of the PPP, magical knowledge and power emanates from the gods and is bestowed upon the king and his substitutes: the religious spokesmen – the less exalted, who do not deal with life and death but with more mundane issues like good luck charms, enchantments, astrology, and serious propaganda.

The significance of Edghill and Gilbert was to interpret the Divine communication through the magic formulas, or incantations and the secret sciences of political occultism, and to extol the Guyanese fascist to blissful eminence.  These scribes have brought to the altar the sacrifice of their conscience to make favorable before their Highness, and by their arts endeavored to avert the threatened misfortune of a bad election year.

What else can be made of the tribute to President Bharrat Jagdeo’s “contribution to the economic, social and political transformation of Guyana?”

It’s just a sad, dark day for intelligence and common sense in this country.  The exponents of “transformation” are eager to keep people in the dark.  The constant blackouts have cast a shadow on the country’s new heights of economic achievement.

Factories grind to a halt; essential services are immobilized and basic existence becomes a burden.  No one needs that story from the snow cone man.  And just when you think it’s as dark as it can get, you realize that there are men of God who can make it even darker.

Celebrate Guyana, celebrate.  Stop in awe and begin to think how Guyana has morphed from Burnham’s era of “kick down the door” bandits to present day gun battles playing fiercely out on the streets; gun runnings linked to the military and police; massacres like the ones at Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek; daily murders, good enough for a movie script; spectacular Hollywood style hold ups, daring sea pirates; government sponsored killing machines such as the “Phantom Squads;” and a host of anti-life orchestration all happening in an equal opportunity manner.

That’s the transformation Guyana celebrates.  Moving from bad to worse.  And it’s getting dangerously worse.  Nothing is sacred.  Under the PPP, Guyana has drifted from a pathetic Co-operative Socialist Republic (of the Burnham kind) steadily to the invidious position of a failed state and into a narco-state.

Drugs and money laundering that accompany; killings and sleek trafficking that associate with the industry are all ubiquitously synonymous with the Jagdeo Adminstration.  So synonymous that the president is pointedly referred to as“Drugdeo” in bloggersphere.

In this democracy, there is a premium for being a jerk; just listen to the caustic forcefulness of folks like Clement Rohee, Kellawan Lall, OP’s poster boy Kwame McKoy and the rising superstar Minister Irfan Ali.

And while the president and his associates continue to appreciate themselves, the rest of Guyana must make a judgment on how their lives measure up against the lives of the Guyanese rulers or their children.  Case in point: the issue of Minister Manniram Prashad’s son vehicular homicide of a UG student; and the attitudes of the ruling class in the aftermath.

And what about the scams, too numerous and too fast to keep apace with?  What does it say about transformation?  It speaks eloquently about the conspiracy of family and best friends; the tangled tale of criminality and massive corruption, of politicians, government officials in thrall to the power of unsavory businessmen of the underworld.  It is the quotidian existence.

Corruption is not only rampant; it is an epidemic.  It is the new normal; another catharsis for “transformation” attributed by President Jagdeo.  Shrewd business activity requires an ear to the vicissitudes of the administration; a razor sharp knowledge of the extent of the inherent venality in the system, and ruthless street smarts to equalize the equation.

That sounds like Ed Ahmad- an aficionado of alleged political gangsta-ism; the haughtiness and a personal friend of President Jagdeo.  Ed is the quintessential example of how big money allegedly courts big corruption with the big boys at the top.  Even as more details unfold about his $50 million alleged fraud in the U.S., and as prosecutors move for more indictments against him, Ed Ahmad provides the best example of how much accessibility money can buy, with the right moves.

It is the pace of commerce in Guyana.  Getting “in” practically means ripping a page out of the “Who ya know” handbook; and guaranteed prosperity and success demands a kind of obsequiousness that graduates into an entitlement of the government franchise.  But it requires a repudiation of self esteem and integrity supplemented by a stomach for violence – literally or metaphorically.

Say it ain’t so.  For decades there have been two main forces in Guyanese politics: the Indo and Afro world outlook, alternately holding power and seeking it – by whatever means.  Which means the exploitation of the race card.

How far (or close) has President Jagdeo brought the two races harmoniously together?  No need to think; it’s not a tricky question.  There is nothing too highbrow in his utterances when he seeks the audience in the East Indian strongholds.

It is almost a paradox that many East Indians who are traditional supporters of the PPP, and who have maintained a sense of self worth had to choose to escape – legally and illegally –  to North American and, more recently, into the Caribbean islands to pursue their economic survival.  These skilled men have had the sad realization that their ” Apaan Jhaat” votes did not translate into prosperity, but effectively transformed them into “runaways.”

What the Appreciation Day was intended to achieve, at a cost of more than $100 million – some of it “protection” money paid by business entities, in terms of election propaganda was to turn the tide against the revelations of Wiki leaks.  Appreciation Day was meant to prop the mighty leader in order to outshine the damage of the cables.

Instead, it turned out to be a fiasco.  Wiki leaks did not go away.  The cables were a wicked deluge of a mess.  Day after day Wiki leaks provides another confirmation of what the public already know about the inner workings of the PPP and the disgraceful Jagdeo cabal.  And the responses by Donald Ramotar and President Jagdeo are further confirmation that these are indeed arrogant men.

So what are the lessons of the “transformation” of the Jagdeo kind?  It tells us of a dangerous regional development: of all theCaribbean leaders, President Jagdeo’s tenure as a politician is not a catalog of triumphs.

And the Manchurian candidate, Donald Ramotar, whose image is built on the stellar combination of whims and idiosyncrasies of a fascist leader, is aiming at the presidency.  He is a unique affliction that plagues Guyanese politics.

Where is everybody?

Guyana Opposition parties are starting to actively expose the sins of the PPP/C

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Wikileaks: Guyana PPP/C govt linked to convicted drug lord Roger Khan

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Roger Khan funded Muslim activities, planned to blow up DEA operation

Written by Demerara Waves
Friday, 02 September

roger-khan

Convicted cocaine trafficker, Shaheed ‘ Roger’ Khan, who had allegedly helped build mosques and fund scholarships,  had allegedly promised to blow up a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) location and kill the United States Ambassador.

Labeled “Secret,’ the latest Wikileaked diplomatic cable from then American envoy, Roland Bullen likened Khan untoColombia’s one-time drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

Khan was arrested in Suriname in June 2006 and put on a plane to Trinidad where he was snatched by US agents and taken to New York. He was convicted for cocaine trafficking in October 2009 and sentenced to 15 years jail after a plea bargain.

In the February 1, 2006 missive, he detailed Khan’s operations that included arms and trafficking connections with the Colombian rebel group, FARC, with links to Panama and France.

Bullen recalled that Khan had allegedly threatened to kill the Ambassador and the Regional Security Officer when an informant leaked an American plan to set up a DEA counter narcotics operation inGuyana.

“After the leak, Khan threatened to blow up the site of the operation and threatened the lives of Ambassador and the then RSO (Ref D).  These threats forced the operation’s abandonment,” said Bullen.

Recounting that Khan enjoyed business ties with now late Farouk Razac of Swiss House Cambio, “a big money laundering operation, to launder his narco-trafficking proceeds,” the cable noted that “Khan’s drug proceeds have also funded mosques and sent Muslims to study abroad.”

The then US Ambassador noted that Khan was operating in Guyana with apparent impunity and tacit approval of the Guyana government (GoG)

“It is believed that GoG is compromised to such an extent that it will not pursue Khan, despite paying lip service to the fight against narco-trafficking.

“Ambassador has spoken with GoG to little avail about Khan’s drug activities and unaccounted wealth.  The GoG has adopted a head-in-the-sand approach to Khan and narco-trafficking in general.  The GoG asks for hard evidence  and pretends not to know how Khan acquires his means,” states the cable.

Bullen alleged that former Home Affairs Minister, Ronald Gajraj had employed a death squad whose principal was Khan to crack down on crime from 2002 to 2004. The cable quoted Gajraj as telling American embassy officials that Khan regularly traveled to Suriname to meet with Desi Bouterse. The two had met at a hotel in Suriname as recently as 2005.

Bullen alluded to what he termed “strong indications that Khan was deeply involved in a December 2005 shipment of weapons to FARC in Columbia.”

The cable disclosed concerns that Khan had been negotiating with former Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuco), Vic Oditt to purchase a 200 square mile ranch at Pirara in the Southern Rupununiregion.  “The ranch has a large airstrip, and Khan is believed to be acting at the behest of Colombian or Panamanian narco-interests.”

He had already bought out Kaow Island, Essequibo River from local entrepreneur and Harry Rambarran in February 2005.  Once owned by the now bankrupt Willems

Timber, Kaow Island has a wharf for ocean going vessels, an airstrip, access to Guyana’s bush roads that radiate out from Bartica, and a 136,000-acre timber concession.  In September 2005, Rambarran sued Khan for defaulting on a USD 1.1 million

promissory note made in partial payment for the island.

The embassy cable quoted a senior functionary of Office of the President as saying that  sophisticated cell phone intercept equipment and high-powered weapons that had been seized by a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) roadblock  in December 2002 had been handed back to Khan.

“Our interlocutor said the arrest had been “a mistake” because Khan was “working with the police” when the arrest was made,” states the cable.

http://www.demerarawaves.com/index.php/Latest/2011/09/02/roger-khan-funded-muslim-operations-planned-to-blow-up-dea-operation.html

Ramotar’s PPP/C has to explain murders, corruption, drug-trafficking

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment
July 10, 2011 | By KNews

After 19 years of one party rule of Guyana, Mr. Donald Ramotar and the PPP/C must give account to the Guyanese people as to why friends of the government seem to have abundant wealth, while citizens’ paychecks finish before the 10th day of the month.  They must answer for the steel bars on every window and door and our citizen’s added stress of living in a crime-ridden society.
Mr. Ramotar’s PPP/C must answer for the systemic abuse of women sanctioned by the actions in the highest office of the land.
They must answer for billions of dollars spent on shoddy roads while officials pocket the people’s tax dollars and political cronies win contracts which make them wealthy.
They must answer for pit latrines, lives devastated by recurring floods and children’s deaths from water-borne diseases.
Mr. Ramotar’s PPP/C must answer for lack of press freedom and the misuse of taxpayer’s dollars to fund the state-sponsored propaganda mouthpieces, the Guyana Chronicle newspaper and the NCN television and radio.
They must answer for hundreds murdered by the death squads during the tenure of former Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ronald Gajraj.
They must account for billions of dollars in cocaine trafficked by Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. They must answer for Pradoville and the abject poverty on Water Street where children sleep at night.
While President Bharrat Jagdeo peers into his crystal ball to give the nation a lesson on election numbers and outcomes, he seems unable to provide any perspective to the Guyanese people on why he continues to use the state’s vast financial resources to politick on Mr. Ramotar’s behalf.
His great numbers acumen seems to fail him when the people inquire as to how multiple Ministers with their limited salaries can afford prime beach-front Pradoville homes which cost upwards of US$1,000,000 while the majority of Guyanese citizens cannot afford basic necessities.
While his crystal ball seems able to project the outcome of the elections in 2011, it seems to provide no indication as to who orchestrated the murders of more than 200 young men in extra-judicial killings.
The crystal ball seems unable to tell the citizens of Guyana why after 19 years of rule, the government now seems able to find money for election year goodies for key constituencies but money cannot be found for raising public sector salaries, for providing a safe place for abused women, for ending drug trafficking and piracy, for sustainable development of the hinterland, for controlling trafficking in persons in the interior, for stamping out violence against women, for running water in the home, for reliable and reasonable rates for electricity and for the implementation of a well thought out plan for youth training, development and employment.
Mr. Donald Ramotar and the PPP/C have a lot of explaining to do to the Guyanese people.  While the strategy of rehashing 38-year-old lies seems like an effective diversionary tactic, the people are not fooled.  They know the pain of having no cash to buy food items as the children go to bed hungry.
They suffer the indignity of having to call up relatives overseas for an emergency small piece to cover basic living expenses.  They live each day with the fear of abuse, robbery, and murder and have no security team to protect them.
The citizens are aware of the moral and spiritual decay of the society as they see Government officials and their friends enriched by corruption and cronyism while the compromised judicial system looks the other way.  The people know the pain they live and the PPP/C fear that the people will make another choice in the 2011 election year.
So while President Jagdeo and Mr. Ramotar continue to dabble in magic and convenient number-crunching, APNU Presidential Candidate, Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger continues to work to map out a strategy for the social, spiritual, judicial and economic resuscitation of Guyana.
Mr. Granger continues to welcome all individuals and civil society to join the partnership for national unity and to make a real contribution to the new Guyana.  He continues to share his vision of unity, equality, security and prosperity for all Guyanese.  A new day is dawning in Guyana and what was will be no more.  The people want change and APNU is the only realistic option for that change.

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