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Guyana Police receive reports of death threats against mom of alleged Masjid abuse victims

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment
February 3, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News

CIOG Imam of many names Neziaam Ali, Nezaam Ali, Nizam Ali

Police have received reports that the mother of four of the boys in the sex-abuse case involving a Muslin scholar has received threats to her life.
The woman, who lives in a depressed community, has alleged that she was threatened yesterday by two members of the Turkeyen Masjid that has come under unwelcome scrutiny in the wake of a string of sexual abuse allegations that have been leveled against a senior member.
Kaieteur News understands that the woman has told police that she had just exited a bus near the Masjid at around 19:00 hrs yesterday when the two men approached her.
According to the woman’s statement, one of the men told her “yuh judgment gun red.”
She was reportedly also told that “my body gun drop and he will chop off my second son’s head.”
She subsequently made a report at the Turkeyen Police Station.
Kaieteur News understands that the ranks contacted the Sparendaam Police with a view of arresting the men, but were told that no vehicle was available at the time.


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CIOG Imam Nizam Ali remanded to prison on three counts of sexual molestation

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Imam remanded to prison on three counts of sexual molestation

February 3, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News

After some two hours in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, the Imam at the center of a child sexual

The accused Imam covers his face from photographer after leaving the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.

molestation case was remanded to prison.
The Imam, 30 year-old Nizam Ali of Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara made his appearance early yesterday morning before Magistrate Alex Moore, charged with three counts of sexual penetration to a boy under the age of 12.

Nizam Ali

It is alleged that between December 2011 and January 2012, Ali also called ‘Mufti’, at ‘A’ Field Sophia, allegedly engaged in sexual penetration of a boy under the age of 12.
The acts were allegedly committed while he was in a position of trust, being a religious teacher and knew or could be reasonably expected to have known of the trust in relation to the boys.
The charge was indictable and the Imam was not required to plea. After lengthy back-and-forth arguments between his lawyers, Vic Puran and Latchmi Ranhamat and police Prosecutor Sergeant Brown on the question of bail, the hearing which was called in-camera came to an end. The Imam was remanded to prison until February 9th.
Meanwhile before the matter got underway, the Imam who was on station bail, arrived at the court with his mother, clad in a burgundy t-shit and a pair of grey jeans. Having realized that cameras were around, his mother tried her best to shield him while hurling threats at a reporter.
“Leave my son alone. don’t take he damn picture,” she shouted.
The woman then hid her son’s face under her arm as she ran with him up the court stairs. Once in court the woman gave her son a white rag as he sat as if he was praying.
Two short matters were called before Attorney at law Vic Puran asked to indulge the Magistrate’s attention to the Imam’s matter.
At that point all who had gathered in the courtroom were asked to exit as the matter was being done in-camera. It was only at that point persons were alerted that the man was the Imam they had been reading about for the past two weeks.
The reporters who were previously feeling the brunt of unkind remarks from persons were “cut some slack”.
“Y’all doing a good job. Y’all got to take his picture so everybody can see who this sick man is,” one man lamented.
As the Imam exited the courtroom two hours later, persons hurled distasteful remarks at him as he tried his best to hide his face.  Even persons who had gathered along the roadside had tried to enter the courtroom to get a glimpse of him.
Meanwhile, relatives of some of the victims who were also at the court yesterday expressed their satisfaction over the progress that has been made in the matter.
“We don’t know what will come out but at least we are satisfied that he did not get bail.”
The charges have brought an end to widespread speculation that the investigation was compromised by the alleged involvement of the Director of Public Prosecution, Shalimar Ali-Hack.
However, the DPP had withdrawn herself from the process after denying that she had contacted police officials to secure bail for the suspect.
In all, seven boys were confirmed to have been sexually molested and it is very likely that more charges will follow.
The case against Alli had taken an interesting twist last week when, following the intervention of his attorney, investigators were advised to ascertain that the suspect was in Guyana when it is alleged that he committed the acts.
The Child Protection Agency (CPA) had said that it was prepared to work with the boys who claim they had been sexually molested.
The Agency had questioned the delay in instituting charges against the Imam, since the victims had already been examined and were confirmed to have been molested.
But the Guyana Police Force (GPF) said that the delays were aimed at ensuring that a proper investigation was conducted.
The offences were allegedly committed between December 2011 and January 2012 by the Imam at a Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara mosque, where the boys had been attending Arabic and Koran classes.

CIOG Islamic scholar Neziaam Ali charged with sexual molestation

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Vic Puran = this pedophile will be free as a bird in no time flat

Islamic scholar charged with having sex with boys
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Thursday, 02 February 2012

CIOG Imam of many names Neziaam Ali, Nezaam Ali, Nizam Ali

Neziaam Ali being escorted to the Sparendaam lock-up for where he would be transferred to the Georgetown Prison.

















After several weeks of investigations, an Islamic Scholar was Thursday arraigned on three counts of having sex with a child and he was remanded to prison.

Neziaam Ali also called Mufti was not required to plea to the charges.

Sparendaam Magistrate, Alex Moore remanded Ali to prison until February 9 when he will re-appear in the same court.

The in-camera arraignment, in which all media personnel and other persons were asked to leave the courtroom, lasted for close to two hours. Only the mothers for the accused and one of the mothers who claimed that her sons have been abused were allowed inside.

Particulars of the charges are between December 5 and December 31, 2011 at D Field Sophia, Ali allegedly engaged in sexual penetration of a boy under the age of 12 years.

The acts were allegedly committed while he was in a position of trust, being a religious teacher and knew or could be reasonably expected to have known of the trust in relation to the boy.

The same charge applies to each of the three boys.

Ali’s Defence Lawyer is Vic Puran and prosecuting for the state is Police  Sergeant Brown.

Prior to the case being called, the bearded accused was seen facing east and apparently praying in the company of his mother who was dressed in Muslim garb.

Medical examinations had confirmed sexual intercourse with at least three other boys but it is unclear whether police would charge him in connection with the others.

The man had allegedly had sexual intercourse with the boys at a Mosque in Section D, Pattensen-Turkeyen where they had gone for Islamic classes.

The charging and arraigning of Ali has ended weeks of ongoing debate about why the police were taking so long to prosecute the man. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack had also had cause to assure that she would have dealt with the matter fairly although Ali is an employee of the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG).

Eventually, Ali-Hack recused herself from offering advice in the matter.

The CIOG has sent Ali on leave pending the outcome of the court hearing.

President Donald Ramotar must fire Shalimar Ali-Hack the Director of Public Prosecutions

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment


January 29, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News

By Ralph Seeram
On my recent visit to Guyana, I made it a point to question some fellow Guyanese on their thoughts on justice in Guyana. It was certainly not a scientific survey, but never the less I came away with the distinct impression that generally they have no confidence in the Judiciary, do not trust the Police and have a very low opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack.
This kind of public perception is not healthy for the Rule of Law. The Police, Judiciary and the office of the DPP are the main institutions in the implementation and observance of the Rule of law.
Public perception seemed to be that there is a double standard when it comes to implementation of justice in Guyana. As one person told me “It is who you know and money talks”.  It is no secret that most Guyanese felt that the Jagdeo Government was corrupt.
The new President Donald Ramotar promised to root out corruption. He certainly did not make a good start when he retained some Ministers who the public perceived as corrupt. True, he did take initiatives to restore some confidence, like bringing outside investigators for the Commissioner of Police – Greene’s sex accusation case.
If the President wants to regain public confidence in the justice system in Guyana he can start by firing the incumbent Director of Public Prosecutions. In fact, I was surprised he retained her considering the many accusations against the DPP’s office.
I am yet to see any “big drug baron” prosecuted. Despite the intense expose in Kaieteur News of corruption in the Jagdeo regime, did we see any government official charged?  The DPP did find the time to “hang” charges against three former NBS senior managers. The matter ran for over two years and was dismissed because in the first place there was not really any case against them. Rumour was that it was a politically motivated case.
One can go on to point out more instances of selective prosecution by the DPP office. However actions by the DPP in the ongoing sex scandal involving an Islamic Cleric, who is accused so far or raping nine young boys, necessitate the removal of Shalimar Ali-Hack from that office immediately.
I am sure most Guyanese believe the police, when they said someone from the DPP’s office intervened when the Cleric was arrested. I don’t know how much credence the public put in the statement by Shalimar Ali-Hack that she did not make the call.
Even if you want to give her the benefit of the doubt, did she make any effort to see if anyone from her office tried to subvert the course of justice? Was any inquiry made to ascertain who made the call? There is no question that the DPP and her husband have a very close relationship with the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG), the employer of the Cleric.
She may know or even interacted with the individual, and as such she should have indicated that she would recuse herself from the matter. Did she do that? And what is all this back and forth nonsense between her and the police about who can bring charges against this accused child molester.
Any other “John Public” would have been charged and given no bail already.  Why is this child molester running around free when strong medical evidence has emerged that some of these boys have been raped anally.
I am also incensed at the media for not publishing the perpetrator’s name. Why is he also being protected by the press? Publish his name. To use the press motto, the public has a right to know. Do we know if he is Guyanese or a foreigner?
Next you might hear he is out of the jurisdiction. He also needs to be incarcerated for his own safety. There are quite a few very disturbed and angry fathers out there that would like to get their hands on him.
I will tell you the truth, if that had happened to my son, that so called cleric would have been in very great danger for his life and I am sure that thought must be passing through the minds of the victims’ parents.
If President Donald Ramotar is really serious about restoring Guyanese confidence in the justice system, he can start by dismissing Shalimar Ali-Hack, and replace her not with a “political hack” no pun intended, but with someone who will bring integrity, efficiency and impartiality to the Office of the DPP, an attorney who will not bow to the dictates of politicians, nor to the rich and powerful.
That’s not much for the people to ask. Think about it Mr. President.

Imam Nizam Alli accused by minors of buggery in the CIOG sexual molestation scandal writes to police

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Child molestation probe…Imam’s lawyer writes police

CIOG Imam of many names Neziaam Ali, Nezaam Ali, Nizam Ali

The case against Imam Nizam Alli, who is accused of sexually molesting seven boys, has taken an interesting twist as investigators have now ascertained that the suspect was in Guyana when it is alleged that he committed the acts.
The investigators had moved to verify this piece of information following the intervention of an attorney purporting to represent the suspect.
Police sources investigating the matter are now carrying out additional investigations, reportedly as a result of the observations made by the attorney in a letter to Crime Chief Seelall Persaud.
According to one source, after intensive investigations, the initial file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), through the Crime Chief, for advice on Friday last.
But the file never reached the DPP’s office.
“As far as I know, an attorney who claimed to represent the suspect sent a letter to a certain police office. The file was later returned to the East Coast with instructions to look into certain aspects of the lawyer’s letter,” said the source.
The aspects include claims that Alli was not in the jurisdiction when some of the victims alleged that they were molested.
This sent investigators scurrying to check with the Immigration Department to determine the merit of the claim, which they were subsequently able to dispel.
The DPP will now be in a position to finally advise on the matter.
A legal source who is closely monitoring the case expressed concern that the police were being used to do the work of the defence in the matter.
“It is the DPP who should be the one to ask the police to clear up certain positions and not the Defence Counsel,” the lawyer said.
Alli is presently on two sets of station bail, totaling $350,000.
The Child Protection Agency (CPA) had said that it was prepared to work with the several boys who claim they had been sexually molested. The Agency had questioned why the Imam has not been charged, since the boys have already been examined and confirmed to be molested.
But the Guyana Police Force (GPF) said the delays are aimed at ensuring proper investigations are conducted.
The DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack has said “the police are free to conduct their independent investigations and to even proceed with the institution of charges without the advice of the DPP.”
But Crime Chief Seelall Persaud had said that the Force’s policy is to secure legal advice to ensure that all investigations are completed before the 45-day statutory limitation period.
He noted that the law gives the police more than the 30-day period within which to conduct its probe, send the file to the DPP for advice and await word on whether more investigations or details need to be acquired.
The offences were allegedly committed between December 2011 and January 2012 by the Imam at a Mosque where the boys had been attending Arabic and Koran classes.

Plagued with a sexual molestation scandal, Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana shuts down their website

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Plagued by sexual molestation scandal involving Imam Nezaam Ali raping very young boys, CIOG shuts down it’s website

CIOG Imam of many names Neziaam Ali, Nezaam Ali, Nizam Ali

Pedophile Imam still running free as CIOG hide behind 404

Two other boys claims CIOG Imam sexually molested them

January 23, 2012 1 comment

January 23, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News

CIOG pedophile Imam Nezaam Ali


…as sex probe widens

Two other boys have alleged that they were sexually molested by an Imam, and they are expected to have medical examinations today to confirm their stories.
An official from the Child Protection Agency has stated that the two youngsters have been located and have given statements to investigators.
Initially when the matter was brought to the Agency’s attention, the names of ten boys who were supposedly molested were presented through an anonymous tip. Medical examinations performed on four of these boys appear to confirm their stories.
However, this publication was told that four of the remaining boys have been relocated to Berbice. This publication was told that up to late yesterday officers from the Child Protection Agency in Berbice were working feverishly to find the boys.
A source at the Agency said that even if the parents are unwilling to cooperate, Child Protection officials will go ahead with tracking down the alleged victims and have them medically examined, in keeping with the Agency’s mandate to protect children.
The source added that the delay in the laying of charges against the Imam is very frustrating for the CPA, since there is nowhere in the new Sexual Offences act which states that the police have to send their file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice.
“Medical certificates have shown that these four boys were sexually molested…so we just don’t understand the delay and even with the rumour of interference by the DPP. She too has stated that the police do not have to send the file for advice,” the source lamented.
The source added that it is their view that in matters like these, the police need to act more independently. Further the source said they are concerned that the suspect might not show up when charges are ready to be laid.
“This man has been placed on bail and the police have waited so long to institute a charge. Is there any guarantee that he would return to court to answer to such a serious charge?”
In the meantime the four boys who first implicated the Imam have been taken into protective custody as the mother has expressed her concern about their safety.
Early last week the Imam who functioned at the Turkeyen Masjid and at a city private school was arrested after rape allegations were leveled against him. There are reports that after the intervention of the DPP the Imam was released on $150,000 station bail.
In response, DPP Shalimar Hack denied that she had interfered with the investigation. She stated that the police can institute charges without her office’s advice.
The Central Islamic Organization has stated that the Imam has been sent on leave pending the outcome of the investigations.