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Irfaan Ali

The Pradoville 2 housing scheme

November 28 2018

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This story is developing and will be updated.

PPP/C MP and former Minister of Housing Irfaan Ali has been slapped with 19 charges laid by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in connection with the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme on the East Coast of Demerara.

Sources told Stabroek News that Ali was read these charges early this morning in Georgetown and is to be taken to the SOCU headquarters. The charges pertain to defrauding the state.

The charges are the culmination of a major long-running investigation of the housing scheme developed under the Jagdeo administration.

A special investigation of the housing development, which was part of a larger probe of the financial operations of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), was conducted by accounting firm Ram & McRae.

The investigation revealed that the allocation of the land was a clandestine arrangement that was handled personally by then  Ali and it was concluded that a criminal case for misfeasance could be made against the PPP/C Cabinet members who benefitted.

It was found that lots in the 12.1187-acre scheme were allocated to six Cabinet membersβ€”then president Bharrat Jagdeo, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon and ministers Priya Manickchand, Dr Jennifer Westford, Robert Persaud and Clement Roheeβ€”along with other persons with connections to the government, including Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack and former army head Gary Best.

The probe found that the awardees grossly underpaid for the lots by a total of nearly $250 million, while the state-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited, National Communications Network, and Guyana Power and Light Inc were never reimbursed for millions spent to execute preparatory works.

The findings of the investigation were later referred to SOCU for a criminal probe to be launched.

On March 10th last year, Jagdeo, Luncheon, Persaud, Lisaveta Ramotar, who is the General Manager of the Guyana Gold Board and daughter of former president Donald Ramotar, Ramesh Dookhoo, former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, and Dr Ghansham Singh, who were also beneficiaries of house lots in the scheme, were all arrested and questioned before being released without charge. Marcia Nadir-Sharma, former Deputy Director of state holding company, NICIL was also questioned on that day.

The following day, seven othersβ€”former prime minister Samuel Hinds, Ali, Rohee, Manickchand, former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Water Incorporated Shaik Baksh, former labour minister Nanda Gopaul and former public service minister Westfordβ€”were questioned by SOCU. Former presidential press officer Kwame McCoy, the former head of the Office for Climate Change Andrew Bishop, Ali-Hack and her husband, Moeen ul-Hack, and Best were also questioned

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Dave posted:
yuji22 posted:

Another case which will eventually be tossed out by the Judge. 

Timing is the factor here to PPP disadvantage. Interesting time ahead. 

Investors are taking note of the rocky political climate. 

They were always taking notes, corruption and political instability, deters investors.One of the the reasons Guyana is at the bottom of the ladder.

Dave posted:
Gilbakka posted:
Django posted:
Leonora posted:

When someone is slapped with charges, the first thing is to get an attorney. So who's his attorney?

Stay tuned, maybe he will be represented by the Brightest in Guyana.

Anil! Anil! Anil!

He has been loosing lots of cases recently. 

The poor guy has been overextending himself. IMO, the Party stretching him to the limit.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Can you imagine they lost local elections and they start to arrest people. 

Why wasn’t Irfaan arrested over the past three years?  Or at the time the alleged crime was committed?

Noting to do with loosing LGE Elections. If there are wrong doings let him face the music. Investigations in crimes of that nature takes time in third world countries.

Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:
Leonora posted:

When someone is slapped with charges, the first thing is to get an attorney. So who's his attorney?

Stay tuned, maybe he will be represented by the Brightest in Guyana.

Like them appoint you as the judge. 

Where your response, fits with my post ???

Read your response you provide the answer yourself .. he he 

Violent Volda is leading the witch-hunt. This case is another one of those baseless ones which will thrown out. These AFC PNC idiots just want to harass and intimidate Indos. Blackman stealing left, right and centre according to the audito general’s report but their eyes jook on Indos. Violent Volda said that her government must remove democratically elected PPP people’s representative.  This is the new direction in Guyana under these AFC PNC idiots. 

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Dave posted:
Django posted:
Dave posted:
Django posted:
Leonora posted:

When someone is slapped with charges, the first thing is to get an attorney. So who's his attorney?

Stay tuned, maybe he will be represented by the Brightest in Guyana.

Like them appoint you as the judge. 

Where your response, fits with my post ???

Read your response you provide the answer yourself .. he he 

Repost...

Stay tuned, maybe he will be represented by the Brightest in Guyana.

Where is the Judge thing you talking about ??

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Bibi Haniffa posted:

..., When they lose general elections they will pull out them AK 47 and grenades that they didn’t get to use in 2015.

Me thinks so too, convulsive reaction.  But they should focus on their own weak, incompetent leadership.  Let’s hope the USA take a principled stance.  But the PPP has to be prepared for anything.

This is only coming after the LGE, and 3 yrs after the coalition won. Why are they going after a little fish, and not after Jagdeo, etc, who is giving the coalition the most headaches and who they seem to pin the "corruption" label on the most?.

I am starting to think its all bogus...and there is no strong case to be made against Irfat Ali [either that, or all dem PPP people very skilled at stealing, and are even better at "forensically" covering their tracks so they dont get caught].

However, if this banna rose through the ranks of the PYO, as it seems, what were his qualifications to hold that position...and how was he able to finance his "little" mansion   .....and what are his actual academic qualifications??

Bibi...know anything about this?

Django posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Can you imagine they lost local elections and they start to arrest people. 

Why wasn’t Irfaan arrested over the past three years?  Or at the time the alleged crime was committed?

Noting to do with loosing LGE Elections. If there are wrong doings let him face the music. Investigations in crimes of that nature takes time in third world countries.

It has everything to do with the lost of LGE and up coming No Confidence vote. It hurts so much that Volda wants to hold bi election before the next LGE, she is assuming that the LGE was rigged.