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Guyana President
Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. May 5, 2006: Guyana Police Force officials say a suspect they have in the custody in the missing weapons case of February 2006 was allegedly involved in the Jamaat Al Muslimeen’s violent coup against the Trinidadian government in 1990.

A government statement yesterday identified the man as Mustafa Abdullah Muhamad a.k.a. Edmond DeFreitas. The Guyana police claim Muhamad is currently wanted by Trinidadian authorities for his involvement in the 1990 coup. Muhamad also allegedly tried to murder a former member, Jamaat Al Muslimeen.

The disclosure comes as the Guyana Defense Force yesterday stated that the FBI is continuing to assist army officials in investigating the missing cache of weapons that disappeared in February from the GDF’s depot.

Thirty-three AK47s and five pistols went missing from the GDF’s Camp Ayanganna storage bond late February. Army officials have yet to recover any of the weapons.

The Army statement comes as President Bharat Jagdeo told several journalists from private and state media yesterday that government “will no longer tolerate explanation of ongoing operations that seemingly do not yield result as the country’s crime rate escalates.”

Even as he revealed that there have been no further developments in the murder case of Minister Sateydeow Sawh, his siblings and a security guard. Jagdeo noted that ballistics have linked the killers to other victims who were executed recently. And zoning in on rumors that have emerged in Guyana that a top Guyanese businessman may have ordered the hit over a the refusal by the late minister to approve a land deal, Jagdeo added that it is the “guilty ones” who have been spreading several rumors about why the minister was killed.

Meanwhile, President Jagdeo, in commenting on the May 3 disclosure that a cabinet sub-committee that would examine the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies’ operations would be created, stated, “It would involve not just ministers, but people from outside of the cabinet, who are familiar with security matters and will look for results.”

This he said was necessary as the crime rate continues to skyrocket in Guyana, said the President, querying, “Why is it that with 5,500 security officials in the Police and the Army we have a little nest of bandits terrorizing this country in Buxton, maybe 20 of them and we can’t get them? Is it that they are starved for resources?”

And he added, “We think that people have to be held accountable for results. For too long we have allowed the security forces to say to us that we are in operational mode. We are doing things. They may be very well doing a lot of things, but what matters are results. Are we solving the cases? How many cases of murder have we solved? That has to be assessed.”

The President’s comments comes as Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said government is considering strengthening security measures at various branches of the Guyana Post Office Corporation after a 29-year-old employee was shot and robbed at one branch last Saturday.

Alisha Marshall of the Kitty Post Office was shot in the hip during a daring daylight robbery staged by armed bandits while on duty on April 29. The Kitty Post Office is one of several to be robbed by bandits within the last few months. Among others targeted were the Fort Wellington in Region Five and Aurora in Region Seven.

Government yesterday added that new police stations would be commissioned during the third quarter of this year at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, Diamond/Grove, East Bank Demerara and in Region Five to close the gap in police presence. –