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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Minister Sawh, brother, sister assassinated

-wife, son escape unhurt

Minister of Agriculture Satyadeow Sawh was assassinated along with a sister, Julie and a brother, Raj Sawh, and security guard at around one o'clock this morning at his home in La Bonne Intention (LBI) East Coast Demerara.

Reports reaching Kaieteur News state that Sawh and other relatives were on their veranda when seven men, who were dressed in black clothing, invaded the premises, three of the gunmen entered the home and riddled them with bullets.

They were reportedly killed instantly. It is also believed that a fifth person, said to be a security guard from a nearby premises, was also killed.

Kaieteur News understands that Sawh's wife, a son and one of the Minister's brothers who was on vacation from Canada, managed to escape unhurt.

According to reports, Minister Sawh and other relatives had attended a function at the Le Meridien, Pegasus last night and were seen at the poolside.

According to eyewitnesses, the Minister and relatives left minutes after midnight. The band, in their last song, wished the Minister and the group the very best.

Minister Sawh was Ambassador to Venezuela before being appointed Minister of Agriculture.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the assassination, President Bharrat Jagdeo has called an emergency meeting with the top brass of the security forces.

Kaieteur News