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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Guyana minister, brother, sister, bodyguard killed by gunmen


Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh

OPPOSITION Leader Basdeo Panday has said that yesterday's murder of Guyana's Agricultural Minister Satyadeo Sawh proves that violence has entered Caribbean politics. "I think the politics of the Caribbean is degenerating to the level of violence from which there will probably be no return," Panday told the Sunday Express.

Sawh, 50, along with his brother, Rajpat Rai Sawh and his sister, Phulmattie Persaud, were shot and killed early yesterday morning at his East Coast residence. His security guard was also killed.

The minister's wife managed to escape the shooting spree by the invaded killers but details remained sketchy up to last night.

The family had just come home from a private function in Georgetown, and Sawh was relaxing in a hammock on his verandah when seven armed men dressed in camouflage, jumped into the compound and opened fire.

A statement, by the Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA), said that the tragic incident seems to have been "a well-planned and executed assassination carried out by a large, heavily armed gang."

It also expressed fear that the attack was "part of a sinister plan to impact the outcome of the upcoming regional and general elections."

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