RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Section 1 Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom From:
a. Political and Other Extrajudicial Killing
The police continued to commit extrajudicial killings. The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) reported that the police killed 13 civilians during the year, compared with 9 in 1999, 11 in 1998, and 27 in 1997. In most cases, the police shot the victims while attempting to arrest them or while a crime was being committed.
The GHRA also expressed concern about the death in custody of Shawn "Big Bird" Nedd, who reportedly was shot and killed on February 7 by police after being arrested, while being held in a vehicle of the "Quick Reaction Squad." Eusi Kwayana of the Working People's Alliance political party filed a private criminal charge against a police constable for Nedd's death. In July the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dismissed the case.
On February 9, police shot and killed criminal fugitive Linden "Blackie" London, a former army officer wanted for 4 murders and 14 robberies. Television cameras recorded a police officer shooting London as he appeared to surrender to the GDF. The manner of London's death led to speculation that he was executed to prevent him from revealing details of criminal connections within the Government or the security services. Several thousand persons attended London's funeral on February 16, including former President Desmond Hoyte, who publicly condemned extrajudicial killings by police."
Question for you,do think Desmond Hoyte attended the funeral because of the extrajudicial killing by the police and the speculations of criminal connections by the then Government.