Jagdeo named as a culpable party in 1999 kidnapping

Jagdeo named as a culpable party in 1999 kidnapping

 

 

FORMER Guyanese president, Bharrat Jagdeo, is named as a culpable party in the 1999 kidnapping and presumed murder of Franz Britton, aka ‘Collie Wills’.

A 2001 Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ [IACHR] Report #80/01, Petition #12.264 identifies Jagdeo along with Ronald Gajraj, former Minister of Home Affairs; Laurie Lewis, former Commissioner of the Guyana Police Force; and Leon Fraser, a former superintendent of the Guyana Police Force, as “responsible for Mr Britton’s disappearance whilst in police custody.”

According to the report, on January 25, 1999, Mr Britton, a father of three children, was “re-arrested by Leon Fraser, the Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Criminal Investigation Department, headquartered at Eve Leary, Georgetown, Guyana.”

The report continues: “Mr Britton was last seen in the company of Mr Leon Fraser, Superintendent of Police, head of the dreaded ‘Black Clothes’ police, and being bundled into a silver-grey car, licence plate number PGG 3412.” He hasn’t been seen since!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I testified at the IACHR hearing on behalf of Mr Britton, and at the behest of his mother, Ms Irma Wills, in March 2000. Dr Odeen Ismael, Guyana’s ambassador to the United States at the time, represented the Government of the People’s Progressive Party [PPP].
The Jagdeo Regime

Bharrat Jagdeo served as president of Guyana from 1999 to 2011. He now serves as leader of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party.

Starting in 1999, and, continuing until 2008, Guyanese citizens experienced an unprecedented reign of terror at the hands of his Government. During that period, hundreds of Guyanese were murdered, many under the colour of law, by members of the Guyana Police Force which was used by the PPP Government to enforce its criminal edacity.

Victims and the survivors of the PPP’s murderous criminality were offered no recourse from any of Guyana’s State agencies, including the courts.

The IACHR underscored that lack of recourse for Guyanese citizens in its 2001 Report about the Franz Britton kidnapping. According to the report, Ms Irma Wills, Mr Britton’s mother, and other relatives ‘visited both the Cove and John Police Station at East Coast Demerara, and the Brickdam police station where Mr Britton was last seen, and that they have been stymied in their efforts by the State authorities in Guyana to ascertain Mr Britton’s whereabouts after his arrest, detention, and transportation to Brickdam Police Station, Georgetown, by Mr Leon Fraser, Superintendent of Police.”

The IACHR concluded, subsequently, in a 2006 follow-up Report #1/06, Case #12.264 that “agents of the State security forces abducted and/or detained Franz Britton and that during the following six years his whereabouts have not been identified, and that, as a result, Guyana has violated the rights of Franz Britton to life, liberty, personal liberty, judicial protection, arbitrary arrest and due process of law.”

More significantly, the IACHR called on the “State [of Guyana] to provide reparations for the relatives of Franz Britton, including moral damages in compensation for the suffering occasioned by Mr Britton’s disappearance.”

A New Dispensation

After 23 years of PPP terrorism, the Guyanese people elected a new Government on May 11, 2015 with David Granger as President.

President David Granger made a solemn vow recently. Speaking at the 3rd annual Cuffy 250 State of the African -Guyanese Forum, the President promised to “ensure that all of those mothers’ children who were killed have their deaths investigated,” and those found culpable brought to justice.

The IACHR does not reach its conclusions frivolously. In the case of Franz Britton, the Commission conducted an exhaustive investigation into the merits of the case over a five-year period. During that time, it “received no information or observations from the State [of Guyana] with respect to the petitioner’s petition, despite repeated requests.” Consequently, according to the IACHR, “the Commission presumes the facts alleged in the petition to be true, and is satisfied that there is no other evidence that could lead to any other conclusion.”

The evidence against Mr Jagdeo and his cohorts is overwhelming, and damning in its specificity. And, in a remarkable case of irony, attorney Basil Williams, who represented Mr Britton and his family 15 years ago, is now Guyana’s Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.

Under Article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute, which governs the International Criminal Court, Bharrat Jagdeo and his cohorts named in the IACHR report can be charged, on the basis of their individual criminal responsibility and as indirect co-perpetrators, for crimes against humanity, namely, murder – Article 7(1)(a); forcible transfer – Article 7(1)(d); and/or, torture – Article 7(1)(f).

The ball is now in your court – no pun intended – Mr Attorney General!
(Ifa Kamau Cush, BA, MA is the international correspondent for New African Magazine. Mr. Cush was a Ph.D. candidate at New York University)

 
by Ifa Kamau Cush

 

http://guyanachronicle.com/jag...-in-1999-kidnapping/

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Bharrat Jagdeo served as president of Guyana from 1999 to 2011. He now serves as leader of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party.

Starting in 1999, and, continuing until 2008, Guyanese citizens experienced an unprecedented reign of terror at the hands of his Government. During that period, hundreds of Guyanese were murdered, many under the colour of law, by members of the Guyana Police Force which was used by the PPP Government to enforce its criminal edacity.

Victims and the survivors of the PPP’s murderous criminality were offered no recourse from any of Guyana’s State agencies, including the courts.

 

This is very damning.

REPORT Nº 1/06
CASE 12.264

PUBLICATION

FRANZ BRITTON

GUYANA

February 28, 2006

 

 

I.        SUMMARY

 

          1.       This Report concerns a petition presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ("the Commission") by letter dated March 21, 2000, by I. Kamau Cush, Chairman for Economic Empowerment, Guyana, ("the petitioner&rdquo against the State of Guyana (“the State” or “Guyana&rdquo, on behalf of Mr. Franz Britton, a.k.a. Collie Wills ("Mr. Britton").  The petitioner alleges that the State has violated the rights of Mr. Britton as set forth in the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man ("the Declaration"). According to the petitioner, Mr. Britton, a Guyanese national and father of three children, was first arrested on January 19, 1999, by police officers at Cove and John Police Station, East Coast Demerara, Guyana.  Mr. Britton was then released on January 23, 1999.  The petitioner claims that Mr. Britton was asked to report on January 25, 1999 to that same police station where he was re-arrested by a police division known as the Quick Reaction Group or the “Black Clothes”.  According to the petitioner, the “Black Clothes” division is “a unit that functions as a death squad.”  The petitioner states that Mr. Britton was last seen being forced by police officers into a car.  The petitioner reports that Mr. Britton has not been seen since his re-arrest on January 25, 1999, and that his whereabouts are unknown, despite multiple inquiries made of the State.  The petitioner further alleges that the State has not furnished any information about the whereabouts of Mr. Britton despite these inquiries. For the foregoing reasons, the petitioner claims that the State has violated the human rights of Mr. Britton guaranteed by the provisions of Articles II (the right to equality before the law), XI (the right to the preservation of health and well-being) XVIII, (the right to a fair trial), XXV (the right to protection from arbitrary arrest), and XXVI (the right to due process of law) of the Declaration. 

 

Click on link for the full report.

 

http://www.cidh.oas.org/annual.../GUYANA.12264eng.htm

 

 

VII.     RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

 

41.     Based on the analysis and the conclusions in the present report,

 

 

 

THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS REITERATES THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE STATE OF GUYANA:

 

 

 

1.      Carry out a serious, impartial and effective investigation by means of the competent organs, to establish the whereabouts of Franz Britton and to identify those responsible for his detention-disappearance, and, by means of appropriate criminal proceedings, to punish those responsible for such grave acts in accordance with the law.

 

 

 

2.       Adopt the necessary legislative or other measures to prevent the recurrence of such events and provide, in all cases, the required due process and effective means of establishing the whereabouts and fate of anyone held in State custody.

 

 

 

3.       It adopt measures to make full reparation for the proven violations, including taking steps to locate the remains of Franz Britton and to inform the family of their whereabouts; making the arrangements necessary to facilitate the wishes of his family as to an appropriate final resting place; and providing reparations for the relatives of Franz Britton including moral and material damages in compensation for the suffering occasioned by Mr. Britton’s disappearance and not knowing his fate.

 

 

 

VIII.    PUBLICATION

 

 

 

42.     In accordance with Article 43 of the Commission’s Rules of Procedure, the Commission, the Commission transmitted the content of this report, adopted as Report Nº 77/05 to the State and to the Petitioners by communications dated November 01, 2005. The State was granted a period of two months within which to inform the Commission of the measures taken to comply with the Commission's recommendations.  The State failed to present a response within the time limit prescribed by the Commission.  
 

 

43.     Based upon the foregoing considerations, and in the absence of a response by the State to Report Nº 77/05, the Commission in conformity Article 45(3) of its Rules of Procedure decides to ratify the conclusions and reiterate the recommendations in this Report, to make this Report public, and to include it in its Annual Report to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.  The Commission, according to the norms contained in the instruments which govern its mandate, will continue evaluating the measures adopted by the State of Guyana with respect to the above recommendations until they have been complied with by the State.
 

 

Done and signed in the city of Washington, D.C., on the 28th day of the month of February, 2006.  (Signed): Evelio Fernández Arévalos, President; Paulo Sérgio,Pinheiro, First Vice-President; Florentín Meléndez, Second Vice-President; Clare K. Roberts, Freddy Gutiérrez Trejo, Paolo G. Carozza and Víctor E. Abramovich Commissioners. 

 

 

 

Originally Posted by cain:

Bharrat Jagdeo and his cohorts named in the IACHR report can be charged, on the basis of their individual criminal responsibility and as indirect co-perpetrators, for crimes against humanity,

 

 

 

Can we get a drum roll?

Cain i post the full report,this is serious.

The biggest PNC criminal leaders are still around and back in power.  The more the persecute BJ, the more hardened his supporters will become.  The brutalization of the PPP leadership is the beginning of a slide back to the PNC doomsday for the Indian masses of Guyana.  This time though, it will not be the cake walk the PNC has come to expect back pre-1992.

Originally Posted by cain:

So Base you're all for backing that criminal, aren't ya ? Go ahead banna, he probably reading and you doan want worry the man, is aright no worries, back the tiefman all you want no one's afraid of this leech.

The true criminals are gracing Congress Place.

Originally Posted by baseman:
Originally Posted by cain:

So Base you're all for backing that criminal, aren't ya ? Go ahead banna, he probably reading and you doan want worry the man, is aright no worries, back the tiefman all you want no one's afraid of this leech.

The true criminals are gracing Congress Place.

When did they move from Freedom House?

Originally Posted by baseman:
Originally Posted by cain:

So Base you're all for backing that criminal, aren't ya ? Go ahead banna, he probably reading and you doan want worry the man, is aright no worries, back the tiefman all you want no one's afraid of this leech.

The true criminals are gracing Congress Place.

and Freedom House.

Originally Posted by baseman:

The biggest PNC criminal leaders are still around and back in power.  The more the persecute BJ, the more hardened his supporters will become.  The brutalization of the PPP leadership is the beginning of a slide back to the PNC doomsday for the Indian masses of Guyana.  This time though, it will not be the cake walk the PNC has come to expect back pre-1992.

 

Originally Posted by cain:

So Base you're all for backing that criminal, aren't ya ? Go ahead banna, he probably reading and you doan want worry the man, is aright no worries, back the tiefman all you want no one's afraid of this leech.

After 23 years of PPP terrorism, the Guyanese people elected a new Government on May 11, 2015 with David Granger as President.

President David Granger made a solemn vow recently. Speaking at the 3rd annual Cuffy 250 State of the African -Guyanese Forum, the President promised to “ensure that all of those mothers’ children who were killed have their deaths investigated,” and those found culpable brought to justice.

Originally Posted by skeldon_man:
Originally Posted by Mr.T:

Jagdeo should hang for this.

Why don't find another Jihadi John in England and send him to Guyana? Behead him without a trial.

They need to hang your ass for making irresponsible statements.

shit head you still alive i begging you to operate on your head let them take that trench water shit out of it have a good day moron 

Berbice vents outrage over violent crime

AUGUST 22, 2015 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Waving placards and burning tyres, residents of Number 45 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, yesterday voiced their outrage over the recent spate of violent robberies in their community, and which escalated Thursday with the killing of cash crop farmer Pamela Kendall.
During the approximately hour-long demonstration, residents dumped tyres, utility poles and tree trunks onto the main road. They also set some of the debris alight.
Some semblance of calm only returned to the community after police ranks arrived and spoke to the residents, some of whom threatened to return.
“No more cheap talk, we are not fools,” one placard read. “We need protection now,” read another.
The protesters gathered at around 15:30 hrs, with many having some story to tell about the crime that has overwhelmed the community.

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