Gov’t dismisses “spurious allegations” of political vendetta in SOCU investigations

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The Government says it notes spurious allegations of political vendetta and harassment and dismisses same as the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) is operating independently and without any interference or direction.

In a statement issued this evening (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) Government deemed the work of the entity as “meticulous, fair and independent “ in relation to the investigations into the “immensely serious matter” relating to state assets and looks forward to a thorough and comprehensive investigation and for the law to take its course and justice to be served.

SOCU has conducted interviews with the Department of Housing, the Central Housing and Planning Authority, National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), the Better-Hope/Sparendaam Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Guyana Power and Light, Guyana Water Inc, National Communications Network and various other agencies and individuals , the Government said in an effort to, among other things, determine the market value of the Pradoville 2 complex.

“The Government has been specifically informed that in the case of two prominent former government officials – former President Bharrat Jagdeo and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon – they declined to visit the SOCU office for questioning and were arrested, questioned and subsequently released on their own recognizance.”

The Government says it has been informed that specific individuals were invited to the SOCU Office at Eve Leary for questioning during the course of this week and that some of the individuals complied while some did not.

It reaffirms its stated position that the assets of the state belong to the people of Guyana and under no circumstances will it condone or overlook any action which resulted in the improper, illegal or unjust distribution of same.

 

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