Marcus Bisram freed; plans to sue the State, DPP


Murder accused Marcus Bisram walked out of the Camp Street Prison a free man after the High Court on Monday ruled that the order by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reopen the case against him was unlawful.

This is the second time Bisram has been freed of charges which alleged that between October 31 and November 1, 2016, he coerced, procured and demanded five men to murder Carpenter, Faiyaz Narinedatt.

Bisram, a U.S citizen, was freed on March 30, 2020, after Magistrate Renita Singh at the Whim Magistrate’s Court found the State did not have sufficient evidence against him.

However, just hours later, Bisram was re-arrested as the DPP ordered the Magistrate to re-open the case on the grounds that there is enough evidence for him to stand a High Court trial.

As a result, Bisram’s Lawyer Sanjeev Datadin moved to the High Court to challenge the DPP’s orders. 

According to Datadin, High Court Judge Simone Morris-Ramlall ruled on Monday morning that “the direction by the DPP was unlawful, that the arrest of Mr Bisram again was unlawful, that his continued incarceration was a violation of his rights and unlawful.”

Further, the order to commit him to stand trial in the High Court for murder was quashed, the Attorney told the News Room.

Bisram was released from the prison on Tuesday morning after all the necessary documents were signed.

Marcus Bisram (second right) with his lawyers outside the Camp Street Prison on June 2, 2020 [Photo: Sanjeev Datadin/Facebook]
Bisram is accused of being the mastermind of the killing of carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt on October 31, 2016.

Narinedatt’s body was found on 70 Village Rd. in Berbice the next day and Police arrested his attackers who confessed that the flamboyant Bisram had ordered them to commit the killing.

It is alleged that the carpenter refused Bisram’s sexual advances which led to him ordering the hit.

Bisram returned to the U.S after the crime but was subsequently extradited to Guyana in November 2019 after spending over two years in prison in the United States. 

Since his arrival in Guyana, the case has been plagued with issues as the State failed to provide evidence –gathered since 2016 –to prosecute Bisram.

Bisram’s Attorney told the News Room that his client is innocent and will be filing a lawsuit against the State and the DPP.

“Mr. Bisram also intends to bring proceedings against the State and the DPP that they charged him, made him suffer, had him locked up for several years, when they had no evidence that he hasn’t done anything,” Datadin told the News Room.

“…he is not guilty of anything,” he added.

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